Obituaries — 10/25/12

Published 1:00am Thursday, October 25, 2012

Joshua Copley

Joshua Taylor Copley, 21, of Ironton, passed away Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at his residence. The Killeen, Texas, native was born March 27, 1991, the son of Bill Joseph Copley of Jasper, Ind., and Donna Lynn Pernestti-Hayes of Ironton.

Joshua was a graduate of Alexandria High School in Alexandria, Ala., and attended grades 1-7 in Ironton. He was a certified welder for the McGinnis Barge Company and attended Sharon Baptist Church. He enjoyed football, baseball, occasionally basketball, hunting, fishing, anything outdoors and spending time with family.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Frank Pernestti and Delores Pernestti and grandfather, William T. Copley.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by step-father, Rodney M. Hayes of Ironton; two brothers, Joseph Copley of Anniston, Ala., and Bryson Hayes of Ironton; two aunts, Fatina Pernestti of Ironton and Magel Moore of Cannonsburg, Ky.; grandmother, Ilene Copley of Chesapeake; also many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 S. Seventh St., Ironton, with the Rev. Kenny Jiles officiating. Burial will follow in Lawrence Furnace Cemetery and visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


 William Summers

William J. Summers, 66, of Franklin Furnace, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, from The Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. The Superior, Ohio native was born Jan. 26, 1946, the son of the late Furman “Polly” and Bessie Russell Summers.

Mr. Summers attended Rock Hill Schools. He was a self-employed handyman, a former employee for the D.T.I. Railroad, Clark Wire, Del-Monte Cannery in Bowling Green, Ohio, and the Muth Lumber Company. He was in the U.S. Job Corp and loved to watch sports, attend church, listen to music and watch old TV shows. He loved football and wrestling. He attended Pleasant Valley Church in Pedro.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Terry Summers, Sr., and Elmer P. Summers; and a sister, Minnie Summers McIntyre Abner.

He is survived by a son, Lyle Joseph Summers; a daughter, Carolina Joan Summers; a brother, Dallas and Diana Summers of Ironton; three sisters, Connie Imes and Pat Imes, both of Ironton, and Charlotte Lowery of Marion; his girlfriend of 20 years, Judy Steele of Portsmouth; a special grandson, Joey Blanton of Sciotoville; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 S. Seventh St., Ironton, with the Rev. Leon Dalton and the Rev. James Cremeans officiating. Burial will follow in Etna Cemetery and visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Donations may be made in Mr. Summers’ honor to Phillips Funeral Home. Special thanks to Rosemary Elswick for her care, the Community Hospice Staff and the SOMC staff. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


 David Willis

David Earl Willis, 60, of Ashland, Ky., died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. David is survived by his wife, Sharon (Craft) Willis. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today at the Baker Cemetery in Grayson, Ky., with Pastor Scott Hill officiating. There will be no public visitation and Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 S. Seventh St., Ironton, is handling the arrangements. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


 Warren Harless

Warren D. “Pappy” Harless, 62, of Chesapeake, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, W.Va. He is survived his wife, Beverly Harless. A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Friday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, by Pastor Tom Jones. A gathering of friends will be 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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