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1928 James 2022

James Woodrow Copley Sr.

September 25, 1928 — August 8, 2022

James Woodrow Copley, Sr. of Oak Hill, West Virginia passed away on August 8, 2022, with his wife by his side and his family around him. A lifetime resident of Oak Hill, WV, he was 93 years old. He was the last surviving child of George and Minnie Copley. He owned and operated Copley’s Appliance Service for many years in the Oak Hill area. Jim was also a member of Mount Hope Christian Church. Jim loved his garden, his family, and his community.

Survivors include his loving wife of 73 years, Jerri McVey Copley; theirs was a love as long and strong as most could only dream of. Additionally, Jim is survived by 3 children and their spouses: Jim and Donna Copley of Oak Hill, Wanda and Jerry Lovitz of The Villages, Florida, and Rick and Vickie Copley of Beckley, WV. Additionally, he has 7 grandchildren: Aimee Lovitz Lanza, Chad Copley, Jamie Copley Settle, Amber Easter Hinkle, Brad Lovitz, Christina Copley Knight, and a bonus granddaughter, Mahayla Jones. Jim has 8 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren, and his faithful dog, Shadow.

Mr. Copley served in various military capacities throughout his life. From 1946 through 1950, Jim served in WWII, during the occupation in Germany. Jim served in the Korean War from 1950 through 1951. In 1988, Jim retired as a Sergeant Major from the National Guard after 40 years of service. Jim was also a member of American Legion Post 149 and the VFW for over 50 years.

Visitation for friends will be from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM at the funeral home on Saturday, August 13, 2022.

Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Oak Hill.

All expressions of sympathy, including flowers and honorary donations to Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, WV, are welcome and appreciated.

Jim was loved by many and will be deeply missed. He was always known as having a huge heart and a generous spirit. The first one to volunteer to offer help to his family, neighbors, and friends, Jim was his happiest while lending a hand and offering comfort. Even near the end of his life, while fighting cancer and the effects of a stroke that ravaged his health and capabilities, he continued to help others any way he could and spread joy to those he encountered. His dear sister Lily, used to say, “Jim just goes around giving and spreading cheer.” No matter if you called him Daddy, Uncle Jim, Papaw, Grandpa, Sarge, Mr. Copley, or Jim, you knew he would be there to help you with anything you needed.

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