Harold “H.B.” Copley

Harold Bridgebane “H.B.” Copley, of Penland, passed away peacefully at his home Oct. 8, 2018. He was born in 1931 to Flossie Willis and Sherman Copley. Although HB was born in Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky, he lived most of his life in Penland. As a young man, he taught an enameling class at the Penland School of Crafts. He was in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He worked for many years in independent sales and as a real estate broker. After retiring, he worked at Walmart. He loved his home and took great pride in working in his yard and enjoying the beautiful mountain on which he lived. 

He was a devoted University of Kentucky Wildcat fan and was enjoying their 5-0 start to the football season. He also enjoyed NASCAR, especially attending the Bristol Night Race with his friends. 

H.B. is survived by his three children, Jan Copley Wilkerson, of Millwood, Virginia, Sherma Copley Barnwell (fiancé Rodney Goodwill), of Clemmons, and Hal Copley, of Edenton; as well as grandsons, Grayson Barnwell, of Raleigh, and Elliott Copley Wilkerson, of Millwood, Virginia. 

Instead of flowers, donations may be made to the Penland School of Crafts in his honor.

After cremation, a private spreading of his remains and a Celebration of Life Service will be at a later date.

Mitchell News-Journal • Oct. 17, 2018

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