Joe Frank Loy, 84, born June 27, 1936 in Fairplay, KY, son of the late Robert Elmer and Nola Brummett Loy, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 13, 2021 at his home in south Florida with his family.
After retiring he had many adventures, including creating and selling his Joe Possum Diner t-shirts, traveling and living in the southwest. His favorite place was in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, where he handcrafted Cholla Cactus Crosses. He gave over 800 away as gifts to family, friends and famous folks including Billy Graham and Nelson Mandela. Both are now in museums. He had many interests ... He was an avid fisherman and mushroom hunter. He grew a garden which included gords in Columbia, KY. He had a special cat named "Tiger" that lived with his former wife, Shirley Ann Loy. He was always looking for treasures ...arrow heads, buttons, bottles, knives, gems and fossils. He was known for his famous Joe Possum Diner t-shirts. He played the part of the judge in the movie Resurrection Mary, filmed in Columbia, KY in 2003. In his later years he told God that he would do anything for him and that he wanted to help people get to know Jesus and get saved.
He was preceded in death by 4 sisters: Kathleen Buchanan, Evlaee Churchill, Mary Victoria "Vicki" Green and Sophia Alberta Wheelock and 6 brothers: Robert Dellous Loy, Albert Wesley Loy, Elmer Loy, Jr., Clifton Loy, John Birtrus Loy and William David Loy.
Former wife & mother of his children: Shirley Ann Loy
4 children: Elizabeth Jones (Charles), Lisa Sargent (John), Frank Loy and Eric Loy (Beth)
10 grandchildren: Ambur Loy, Trevor Loy, Charity Loy, Mara Sargent, Matthew Loy, Charle Thomas Jones, Mac Loy, Jessica Loy, Emma Loy and Katie Loy
6 great-grandchildren: Elijah, Distinee, Oliver, Chloe, Quentin and Cheyenne; 1 brother, Sam Loy (Geneva)
Numerous nieces & nephews
A Celebration of Life will take place at a future date in Columbia, KY at the Columbia Church of the Nazarene.
In lieu of flowers, it was Joe Frank's wish to have a party to celebrate his life!
Donations to: Go Fund Me:
The obituary is a courtesy to the family by Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.