Ida Mae (Coffey) Elam | Obituary


KINGSPORT – Ida Mae (Coffey) Elam, 83, of Kingsport, left this life on Monday, June 14, 2021 to rest in the arms of her Heavenly Father.

Ida was born in Sullivan County on April 22, 1938 and has resided in the Sullivan County area her entire life. She died at home after a short illness.

Ida graduated in 1956 from Lynn View High School and worked in the financial industry for several years, retiring from the American General Finance Company. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Vermont and a member of the Fishermen’s Sunday School class. She has served on several different committees. She was Past Matron of Liberty Chapter No. 198 Order of the Easter star. She was past president of Kingsport Assembly No. 44 Social Order of the Beauceant.

She became the wife of Phil Elam on September 2, 1961 and enjoyed the 59 years they lived together. She was a loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt and great friend to many. She was always ready to help those who needed her.

Ida was predeceased by her parents, Charles Henry and Hassie (Tallman) Coffey; brother, Charles William Coffey; sister, Elizabeth (Coffey) Fields; father and stepmother, Roscoe and Matilee Elam; grandparents, Charles Risten and Tressie M. Coffey and William and Molly Tallman; as well as many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Survivors include her loving husband of 59, Phil Elam; brothers, John W. Coffey and wife Mary of Kingsport, Donald R. Coffey and wife Martha of Charlotte, NC; special nephew, James East, Jr. of Johnson City; special niece, Rene Webb of Church Hill; a very special nephew, Nicholas Webb of Church Hill; several other nephews, nieces, cousins ​​and sisters-in-law.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, 520 Watauga Street, Kingsport.

A funeral service will follow in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Tom Elam, Sr., and Reverend Jeremy McMillian. Music will be provided by Mark Elam.

A funeral service will follow at East Lawn Memorial Park. The carriers will be the nephews and cousins.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Vermont UMC Church at 1817 Bloomingdale Rd. Kingsport, TN 37660.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home in downtown Kingsport serves the Elam family.


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