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Originally published: 2014-07-01 09:24:30
Last modified: 2014-07-01 09:25:13

Mildred Coffey "Granny Mick" Hayes

Mildred Coffey "Granny Mick" Hayes, 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, Tenn., 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, Tenn., Mikaela Velazquez and husband, Carlos, of Vilas, and Kortney and Wesley Bodenheimer, both of Mountain City, Tenn.; 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 and Zelma Coffey of Lenoir; a brother-in-law, Junior Ford of Lenoir; and a number of nieces and nephews.
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 were conducted Tuesday, July 1, at 3 p.m. at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, officiated by pastor Wynn Greer, the Rev. Dale Coffey and the Rev. Burl Greer.
The family received friends Tuesday afternoon from 1:30 until 3 p.m. prior to services at the church. Burial followed in the Adams Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to Medi Home Health & Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, NC 28607.  
Online condolences may be shared at the website  
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Hayes family.