Mildred Coffey 'Granny Mick' Hayes, age 95, of Laurel Fork Road, Vilas, passed away Sunday evening, June 29, 2014, at her home.

Born May 16, 1919 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of Jeff and Elsie Mae Hodges Coffey. Mrs. Hayes was a member of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church. She retired from Blue Ridge Shoe and for the past 20 years, worked in the mailroom at the Watauga Democrat.


Mick is survived by her daughter, Joanne Hayes Townsend; four grandchildren, Tommy Cornell and wife, Brenda, of Vilas, Beaver Cornell and wife, Lori, of Mountain City, TN, Jackie Ward and husband, Sonny and Justin Townsend, all of Vilas; seven great-grandchildren, Blaine Cornell and girlfriend, Ali Mcgee, of Apex, Alisha Cornell and boyfriend, Jeremy Reece, and Davy Cornell and wife Marisa, all of Vilas, Taylor Cornell of Mountain City, Mikaela Velazquez and husband, Carlos, of Vilas, and Kortney and Wesley Bodenheimer, both of Mountain City; five great-great grandchildren, Jovie Cornell and A.J. Freeman, Jackson and Colton Velazquez, and Sofi Bodenheimer; three sisters, Agnes Coffey of Hickory, Lillie Ford of Granite Falls, and Christine Morris of Hickory; son-in-law, Jerry Cornell of Vilas; and sisters-in-law, Addie Lewis of Wilkesboro;Shirley Hayes of Taylorsville, NC; and Zelma Coffey of Lenoir; and brother-in-law, Junior Ford of Lenoir. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Blaine Thomas Hayes; daughter, Jeannie Hayes Cornell; son-in-law, Gale Townsend; brother, Bud Coffey; and three sisters, Thelma Wright, Nina Ford, and Ollie Ford.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, July l, at 3 o'clock at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Wynn Greer, Rev. Dale Coffey and Rev. Burl Greer. The family will receive friends Tuesday afternoon from 1:30 until 3 o'clock, prior to services, at the church. Burial will follow in the Adams Cemetery. The family suggest memorials to Medi Home Health & Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, NC 28607.

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