March 25, 2008

Norma Joan Coffey


Norma Joan Coffey, born May 11, 1916 in Grainger Co., TN was the daughter of Amos and Faun McGinnis Coffey. Amos was the son of Coby Willis and Malissa "Lizzie" Reece Coffey. Amos was born May 23, 1915 in TN. I have found no information on Faun.

Norma Joan married her very distant cousin, Ethridge H. Coffey, who was born Aug., 10, 1934 to Benjamin Adam and Birdie Mae Singleton Coffey. Ethridge died on Oct. 14, 1976 in Knox Co., TN. Norma Joan died Mar. 5, 2008 in Washburn, Grainger Co. Benjamin Adam was the son of Thomas and Martha Simmerman [Cinnamom?] Coffey.

Norma Joan's obituary:

Norma Joan Coffey Age 71 Of Washburn, TN was born May 11, 1936 and went to be with The Lord March 5, 2008 at her home. She was a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church and attended Dotson Campground United Methodist Church. She worked At C & M Cabinet Company as a secretary from 1977 for about 25 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ethridge Coffey; parents, Amos "Bud" & Faun Mcginnis Coffey; brother, Danny "Dick" Coffey; brother-in-iaw and wife, Everett and Betty Coffey.
She is survived by her sons: Mike & Charles Coffey of Washburn, TN, daughter & son-in-law: Glenda & Steve Blanken of Rutledge, TN; grandchildren; Ashley & Christy Coffey, Dustin Coffey, Holly & Matthew Elmore, Zack Blanken, brothers & sisters-in-law: Joe & Diane Coffey, Ronnie & Ruby Coffey, Steve & Betty Coffey; sisters & brothers-in-law: Thelma & Collier Atkins, Judy & Ermal Fredrick, Ruby & James Nicely, Ann & Chuck Jahnke, Eva Coffey, half brother: John Paul, Idol; half sister: Jay Dee Edgell; several nieces, nephews and numerous of special friends and neighbors.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 9 P.M. Friday night at the Coffey Funeral Home in Tazewell. Funeral service 11;00 A.M. Saturday March 7, 2008 at the Coffey Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in the Mcginnis-Harrell Cemetery.
Ministers; Rev. Denver Davidson, Rev, Lyndall Welch, Rev. Ronnie Maness, Singers: J.W. Mcginnis Family.
I would like to know more about the McGinnis family. Readers with information to share can contact me at the e-mail address above.

Update 3/26/08: According to a "public member tree" at Ancestry, created by Crystal Phillips, Faun was Tressie Faun McGinnis, daughter of James Wilkerson and Sara E. Wolfenbarger McGinnis. Faun was born Mar. 9, 1920 in Grainger Co., TN and died there on Dec. 14, 1998.

Malissa was probably called "Lissie" rather than Lizzie, and Colby is likely to be the correct name, but called Coby in local parlance. Between 1920 and 1930 I find only six children born to Colby (Coby) and Malissa: Amos in 1915; Dorcas c1917; Walter c1918; Bobbie c1920; Noel c1922 and Colby Jr., in about Oct. 1927. There was however, room for one or two more between Noel and Colby, Jr.

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