Joanne Phillips Coffey, age 78, of Flat Springs Road, Elk Park, passed away Tuesday evening, September 1, 2020, at Watauga Medical Center in Boone, North Carolina.

Joanne was born July 19, 1942 in Avery County, a daughter of the late Don Elmer Phillips and Rosa Pearl Potter Phillips. She was a homemaker and attended Cranberry High School.

Joanne was known for her love for God and her family. She was a source of strength for many many years to all who knew her. Joanne tended a large vegetable garden each year and was generous with the harvest to family and friends alike. Joanne not only tended to her garden but also to her family as well. She cooked three meals a day up until this summer and called any and all who happened to be in her home to join her at meal time for food and fellowship. She loved generously and cared deeply. Her grandsons were especially dear to her and she was known to point out their pictures in her home and the ones she carried in her Bible. She would remark about how very proud of them she truly was.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Charlie Cline Coffey of the home; one daughter, Brenda Coffey Isaacs and husband Michael of Sugar Grove; two sons, Richard Cline Coffey and Randall Wayne Coffey, both of Elk Park; two grandsons, Josiah David Isaacs of Boone, and Andrew Joshua Isaacs of Sugar Grove; two sisters, Georgia Phillips Norris of Boone, and Wilma Phillips Hicks of Banner Elk; one brother, Wendell Ham Phillips of Elk Park, and one sister-in-law, Violet Phillips of Butler, Tennessee. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Faith Elizabeth Isaacs; an infant brother, David Phillips; two additional brothers, William Elmer Phillips and James Charlie Phillips; two brothers-in-law, Joseph Norris and Bobby Hicks, Sr., and one sister-in-law, Cindy Phillips.

Funeral services for Joanne Phillips Coffey will be conducted Saturday morning, September 5, 2020, at 11:00 o'clock, at Flat Springs Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 10:00 until 11:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Pastor Bryan Miller and Pastor Gordon Noble. Burial will follow in the Flat Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

The services, weather permitting, will be conducted outdoors at the church. Friends are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and the family respectfully requests no hand-shaking or physical contact due to the Covid-19 Pandemic guidelines. If inclement weather, the family only will gather inside the church. Friends are asked to tune in from the parking lot at 87.9 FM.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to the Flat Springs Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, in care of Elmer Jones, 1212 US HWY 321, Sugar Grove, North Carolina, 28679.

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