After 58 years of enriching the lives of others around him, Rev Michael Eugene Coppersmith was called home on October 4, 2020 at Norton Hospital in Louisville, KY.
He was born on Sunday, September 30, 1962, in Pomona, CA to Floyd Eugene and Holly Kay (Noland) Coppersmith.
Michael graduated from Montclair High School in Montclair, CA in 1979. He completed a Bachelor’s in Christian Counseling Psychology and a Master’s in Christian Leadership Studies at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY. He received a master’s degree in Divinity Theology at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY.
Michael was a veteran of the US Army and a United Methodist Minister having served as pastor of several Methodist churches a few including: First United Methodist Church of Cynthiana, KY, Campbellsville First United Methodist Church in Campbellsville, KY, Union and Hayes Chapel United Methodist Churches in Russell County, Beech Grove United Methodist Church in Science Hill, KY, Sardis Chapel United Methodist Church in Nancy, KY and Fellowship United Methodist in Shopville, KY.
Michael was a family man known for his quick wit, contagious smile and empathetic spirit. He was a man of faith, as he served the Lord and his congregations. He had a desire to help others and put together multiple mission trips, with his most recent trip to Africa to build a school in November 2019. He also had a passion for singing and playing the guitar, which you may have witnessed at one of his Sunday services. His loved ones describe him as the backbone of the family. Michael enjoyed volunteering his time as Chaplain at Middlesboro ARH Hospital in Middlesboro, KY ,Harrison Memorial Hospital in Cynthiana, KY, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, KY, and Kentucky Department of Corrections in Frankfort, KY. Michael served as professor at Lindsay Wilson College where he taught Christian Ministry Classes and Evangelism.
Michael is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Sharon Coppersmith; children Jyll (Paul) Hansen of Somerset, KY, Samuel Redmon of Campbellsville, KY, Marion (Sierra) Redmon of Cynthiana, KY, Alexandra (Taylor) Stai of Lexington, KY, Trinity Coppersmith of Campbellsville, KY; grandchildren, Madilyn Redmon, Eloise and Ava Stai; mother, Holly (Ron) Coppersmith of Bridgeport, CT; sister Rebecca Coppersmith of Somerset, KY; Nephews David (Samantha) Coppersmith and Spencer Howell; Niece Hannah Stacey. And a host of loving cousins, great nieces and nephews, extended family members and dear friends.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Coppersmith, and his sister Cynthia Coppersmith.
In his own words, Michael described himself on Twitter:
“I love my beautiful wife Sharon, and we are blessed with 5 fantastic children. God has called us into a wonderful ministry of proclaiming the good news of Jesus.”
Reminding his community of family and friends before he passed that “I’ll be going to be with the man I’ve been preaching about for so many years.” Or I’m a winner either way.
Michael proclaimed the good news all the days of his life and his family are glad to celebrate him. While Michael walks on with the Lord, his family is left with the reminder of his affairs on earth. In lieu of flowers, Michael’s family has organized efforts <https://www.gofundme.com/f/pastor-mike-coppersmith-fund?utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all> to help with hospital and funeral expenses, as Michael passed away unexpectedly due to complications from COVID-19 after battling cancer this last year.
Michael’s family would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support during this time.
Visitation will be held from 11AM to 2PM EST on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at First United Methodist Church, Somerset, KY, immediately followed by funeral services, at 2PM.
Bro. Larry Nichols
Wilson Funeral Home oversees arrangements.
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