Charlie Cline Coffey, age 86, of Flat Springs Road, Elk Park, passed away, Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Watauga Medical Center.

He is survived by one daughter, Brenda Coffey Isaacs 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; one sister, Mallie Christine Coffey Clark of Raleigh.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Joannne Phillips Coffey. His father and mother, William McKinley Coffey and Annie Lee Crump Coffey; step-father, Wheeler Eden Coffey; one granddaughter, Faith Elizabeth Isaacs; six sisters, Willie Coffey, Wilma Coffey, Dorothy Coffey, Pauline Coffey Sprouse, Shirley Coffey Burse and Lorene Coffey Goodwin; and, two brothers, Roy Coffey and Paul Coffey.

Charlie was known for his big heart and his love and care for others. He had many responsibilities early on in life and took on the role of “father and provider” to his younger siblings when his father, McKinley, died unexpectedly from cancer. Later, at the age of 36 as Charlie was providing for his own wife and children while working at a carbon manufacturing facility in Morganton NC, he slipped and fell into a pit of carbon. A dear friend, David Dale, Sr. rescued him from that pit but Charlie was left with brain and mental impairment along with severe lung issues. These impairments would span the remainder of his life --- nearly 51 more years.

This “gift” of adversity was a difficult adjustment for Charlie as well as his young wife and very young children. He was no longer able to work on a public job (carpentry, landscaping or manufacturing). This gift of adversity taught he and his family about: perseverance, overcoming obstacles, the depth of God’s love, and the blessings and riches of obedience. They not only learned to care for him and each other but his neighbors as well. Some were hardened and embittered by this life challenge. Others were broken and softened in the Master Potter's hands. ( Romans 8:28)

It was nearly 20 years from the time of the industrial accident before a new trial medication was found that brought back the joy of life, both to him and the family home. In the meantime, he never met a stranger, and in spite of his own challenges remained a hard worker in his family’s vegetable gardens and other work on the family farm. His generosity saw that visitors of family and friends alike never left empty handed. Whether it was potatoes, fresh green onions or even jams and jellies, his hands remained open and generous to all.

Another avenue that Charlie found which eased his anxieties and helped to soothe his many fears was gospel music. He loved tuning into local radio or tv stations back in the day and letting the words of each song wash over him. It wasn’t long until his toe was tapping and his hands were clapping along with the beat.

Over the past few years, his family used music therapy to ease his anxiousness when he longed to be active with long walks or gardening but was unable to do so because of his poor health. Many nights were spent with Gaither tunes and other gospel music.

Funeral services for Charlie Cline Coffey will be conducted Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 5:30 PM at Flat Springs Baptist Church of the Old Beech Mountain Community. Pastor Bryan Miller, Pastor Tim Green and Pastor Gordon Noble will officiate. Interment will follow in Flat Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

The body will lie in state from 4:00 until 5:30 p.m., at the church prior to the service.

The service will be conducted inside the church. The family respectfully request masks be worn at all times and social distancing be practiced. Parking lot radio will be available for those who feel more comfortable in their automobile. The service will be broadcast on 87.9 FM. The service is also being recorded and will be posted later in the week. Please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy of the link to the service. The link will also be posted in the Coffey Family Prayer Group on FB Messenger.

The body will lie in state at the chapel from 1:00 until 5:00 Tuesday, so friends may pay their respect and sign the guest registry.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Flat Springs Baptist Church Benevolence Fund c/o Elmer Jones, 1212 Highway 321 North. Sugar Grove, North Carolina 28679 or to Medi Home Hospice, 1955 Newland HWY, Newland, NC 28657.

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