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Gary Copen

Gary Benford Copen

Tuesday, October 1st, 1940 - Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
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Gary Benford Copen

Gary Benford Copen, 78, of Charleston, entered into the haven of rest on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, and is awaiting the Lord's return.

He was born in Charleston to his late parents, Carlos and Evelyn Copen. Gary was also preceded in death by his daughter, Molly Copen, and brother, Bill Copen.

Gary was a loving son, husband, father, and grandfather. He was a lifelong member of Elk Valley Advent Christian Church. He also worked as a barber in Big Chimney for 45 years. Gary was a strong Christian man. His family and friends will always remember him by his strong, deep, voice that would lift up the faith, hope, and love that he had for Jesus Christ. It was infectious.

Gary is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Nancy Lynn Copen; sons, Brad Copen and wife Heather, and Seth Copen; sister-in-laws, Maraella Lee Copen and Cork Edens; grandchild, Parker Copen; step grandchildren, Kenzie, Mason, and Cadyn; nieces, Kathy and Kelley; special family friend, Rick Songer; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Elk Valley Advent Christian Church, PO Box 12283 Charleston, WV 25302.

The Copen family would like to extend a special thank you to Brookdale Charleston Gardens and staff for the love and care you showed to Gary and our family.

A service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Myers Chapel of Hafer Funeral Home with Pastor Roy Boyd officiating. Burial will follow at Elk Hills Memorial Park.

Family will welcome visitors from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at Myers Chapel.

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Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview, is assisting the family with arrangements .
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Myers Chapel of Hafer Funeral Home
    100 Verna Drive
    ELKVIEW, WV 25071
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 2:00pm
    Myers Chapel of Hafer Funeral Home
    100 Verna Drive
    ELKVIEW, WV 25071
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    Pastor Roy Boyd
  • Interment

    Elk Hills Memorial Park
    4705 Pennsylvania Avenue
    Big Chimney , WV
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ms. thomas

Posted at 04:51pm
I am so sorry for your loss, I know this is a difficult time for your family. A scripture that has always given me strength is Revelation 21:4, I hope you have time to read it. Again, I am truly sorry for your loss and I will keep your family in my prayers.

Patricia Johnson

Posted at 10:00pm name is Patricia Johnson..I got the privilege to take care of Gary for bout 3 to 31/2 years
..ever since he came to Charleston Gardens...There is too many find memories to mention all, but I believe I will a lm ways remember Gary's smile,and him singing Jesus loves me with me almost every day..He was a great fella,who had a beautiful soul..I will always remember that long my dear friend..until we meet again

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