Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 29, 2013

Joy Dawn Riffe Collins


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

COALWOOD — Joy Dawn Riffe Collins, 44, of Coalwood, passed away peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at her home.

Born August 25, 1968 in Welch, she was the daughter of Maggie Blankenship Riffe of Welch, and the late Franklin “Ted” Riffe. She was a 1985 graduate of Mount View High School and attended Bluefield State College. She was a former employee of H.C. Lewis Oil Company in Welch. She was an active supporter of the Big Creek District Little League.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother whom she loved dearly, Travis Scott Riffe; her maternal grandparents, Aster and Mamie Blankenship; and her paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Pearl Riffe.

 Those left to cherish her memory are her mother, Maggie Riffe of Welch; her son, Dakota Scott Collins of the home who was the light of her world; one sister who was also her best friend, Crystal Hatcher and husband Tom of Shady Springs; and one uncle, Michael A. Blankenship and wife Pam of North Tazewell, Va.

Joy was well known for her kindness to others, and her love for her family. She was outgoing and never met a stranger. To know her was to love her.

It was Joy’s wish to be cremated and her family has honored this wish.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 2 at 6 p.m. in the Douglas Mortuary Chapel in Welch with the Rev. Michael Brooks officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5-6 p.m.

The Douglas Mortuary of Welch is serving the family.