Betty Copley

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NEWBERRY — Betty Taylor Copley, 87, formerly of Aiken and widow of Burt C. Copley, Sr., died Friday, August 15, 2014 at J.F. Hawkins in Newberry, SC.

Mrs. Copley was born on February 6, 1927 in Recife, Brazil. She was a daughter of missionary parents, the late Rev. George Taylor and Julia Pratt Taylor.

She was a graduate of Presbyterian College and enjoyed a career as a special education teacher in the Aiken County Schools. She loved to travel and traveled extensively during her life.

Mrs. Copley was a dedicated mother. She was a member of first Presbyterian Church in Aiken and also a member of the Law Sunday School Class.

She is survived by her children; Hunt (Jerry) Coffey of Newberry, Ginny (Paul) Joyce of Matthews, NC and Burt (Melissa) Copley of Aiken; grandchildren, James (Julie) Coffey, Matthew Coffey, Jeff Joyce, Michael (Mallory) Joyce, Elizabeth Joyce, Madison Copley, and Braxton Copley; great granddaughter, Anna Coffey; her twin sister, Julia Cushman, Chattanoga, TN and special family member, Bo Coffey of Newberry.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a Daughter, Julia "Julie" Pratt Copley, brother, Dr. G. Aiken Taylor and sister, Frances Roberts

There will be a service at Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home, 715 E. Pine Long Rd., Aiken, SC on Friday August 22, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 10:00 A.M.

The family suggests memorials be made to Formula For Life, "Necklace Project", First Presbyterian Church, 224 Barnwell Ave., NW, Aiken, SC 29801.

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Whitaker Funeral Home of Newberry and Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home of Aiken are assisting the family.

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Published in The Newberry Observer from Aug. 16 to Aug. 17, 2014