Betty Copeland Miles


Betty Copeland Miles, 81, entered the arms of Jesus on Sunday, June 13, 2021, while surrounded by her family.

We know she is filled with joy to be reunited with her beloved husband, Bruce Miles, who we are sure has already taken her fishing. She was born in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Nov. 12, 1939, to Robert and Roberta Copeland.

She taught school for 40 years in Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee, with 25 of those years teaching for Cleveland City Schools. She was a dedicated teacher who loved working with children. Former students and colleagues remember her fondly.

Betty was a faithful member of the North Cleveland Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school. More than anything, she loved her son and family. She always wanted to do for others, and had a quiet, gentle, and sweet spirit about her. We will miss her every day until we are reunited.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Miles; parents, Robert and Roberta Copeland; and granddaughter, Laura Beth Miles.

Betty is survived by her son, Greg Miles and wife, Melissa; grandsons: Bryce Elliott, Ben Miles, and Nicholas Hobbs; brother, Dick Copeland and wife, Brenda; nephew, Rob Copeland and wife, Lisa; and niece, Anne Copeland.

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with the Rev. Jay McCluskey officiating. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 18, 2021, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Coward, S.C.

The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to the Ronald McDonald House at or to the Salvation Army at

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Miles family guestbook at



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