Joseph Charles Jeffcoat
November 16, 1948 - June 8, 2020

Joseph Charles (Joe) Jeffcoat, age 71, passed away on Monday, June 8, from complications following a fall and resulting surgery.

Joe was born in 1948 in Columbia, SC. He and his family eventually settled in Plymouth, NC. He graduated in 1967 with honors and as a basketball standout at Plymouth High School, earning a full scholarship to Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, NC. He played 4 years of basketball, graduating with a BS degree in math and physics, and was named Outstanding Senior by the faculty.

Upon graduation, he joined BB&T in Wilson, while at the same time, joining the Army National Guard, where he served for 6 years. After working in marketing at BB&T for 33 years as a Senior Vice President in the home office in Wilson, he retired in 2004.

Joe and his wife, Tonda, began making pottery in 1974 and continued to do so part-time until moving to Little River, SC in 2005 and opening Jeffcoat Pottery studio in Calabash, NC as a second career. Joe’s passion for clay and the many pieces of pottery he created during his almost 46 years of “throwing pots”, has been shared with countless pottery students and customers throughout the Carolinas and beyond.

Joe was preceded in death by his mother, Ethel P. Jeffcoat, father, Allen Wesley Jeffcoat, a brother, Allen Wesley Jeffcoat Jr., father-in-law, Julian H (Snookey) Clark, and a sister-in-law, Shirley Ingram.

Joe is survived by his wife of 48 years, Tonda, their two children, Casey Jeffcoat of Carolina Shores, NC, Cody Jeffcoat and his significant other, Joy Orlando and her four children, of Cary NC. , and his mother-in-law, Mildred Craft Clark of Belhaven, NC. His sister, Clarine Jeffcoat Acasio of New Bern, NC, and nieces and nephew, Bobbi Waters; Betsy Ritchie and husband, James; Donna Rinehart and husband, Ron, all of New Bern, NC; and Jack Waters and wife, Stephanie of Sammamish,WA; one great- niece and three great- nephews. He is also survived by nephew, Mike Ingram and wife, Lindsey, of Apex, NC and three great- nephews.

Plans for a memorial service will be postponed until a later date due to the current virus situation.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be sent to the NC Pottery Center, PO Box 531, Seagrove, NC 27341.

Arrangements by Coastal Cremations, Carolina Shores, NC 28467



  • Beth Holland Posted June 11, 2020 5:38 pm

    Tonda, Casey & Cody, sending my most sincere condolences in your loss of Joe! You are in my thoughts and prayers now and upcoming days! Comforting Hugs!

  • Lonnie Lamm Posted June 12, 2020 3:50 pm

    I’m just so terribly sorry at receiving this news. A wonderful spirit and a true joy to be around. One of the kindest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to share a little time with. Our world needs more Joe Jeffcoats. God bless you, Joe. My deepest sympathies to Tonda, Case, Cody and the rest of this family. Hold them close Dear Lord.

  • Pam harrell Posted June 13, 2020 12:11 am

    My condolences to the jeffcoat family. Prayers and strength to all of you during this difficult time

  • Terry and Richie Pridgen Posted June 13, 2020 12:22 am

    Tonda, Cody,and Casey we are so sorry to hear about Joe. Y’all are in our prayers.

  • Charles & Gloria Ellis Posted June 13, 2020 1:39 am

    We are so saddened to learn of Joe’s passing. Such a great person & talented friend! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

  • Wesley and Dale Trump Posted June 13, 2020 2:33 am

    Tonda, Casey and Cody we are so saddened by the passing of Joe. He was always so much fun to be around!

  • Jane Highsmith Parkee Posted June 13, 2020 12:00 pm

    Dear Tonda and family,
    My heart goes out in sympathy and love. Pottery pieces and your shared creative spirits have had deep impacts in my world and family. A daughter recalled Jeffcoat on our special pieces at home. You will remain in my love and prayers. Jane

  • Mark Wilson Posted June 13, 2020 12:57 pm

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Jeffcoat’s passing. He was always very kind to us growing up in the neighborhood and coaching our sports teams. Such a great person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Dan Pittman Posted June 15, 2020 8:57 pm

    I was saddened today to hear about Joe. I suppose the last time we visited might have been at the 10th HS reunion in Plymouth. In 1980 Weyerhaeuser transferred me from Plymouth to Mississippi.

    I remember Joe as a very kind soul and friend to all that knew him. May God comfort you and your family.

    Dan (Danny) Pittman

  • Daphne White Posted June 16, 2020 2:58 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Joe. Love, thoughts, and prayers to you and your family.

  • Cleve and Corrie Scott Edwards Posted June 16, 2020 11:17 pm

    Tonda, we are saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. Cleve has such fond memories of him from playing basketball at PHS. Prayers for comfort and peace for your family in the days, weeks and months to come.

  • Wayne Norris Posted June 17, 2020 12:51 am

    I’m very upset to hear about Joe, I was his roommate and teammate at ACC. From all his teammates we send our condolences and prayers. Please let us know any future arrangements.

  • Elise & Jeff Tansill Posted August 1, 2020 3:04 pm

    Tonda, we have just learned of Joe’s death and send our most heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. Joe was always a pleasure for us to talk with. We remember visiting with you both in Wilson and seeing his passion for art. We will cherish the things he made for us and think of him when we see them. Know we are thinking of you and send our love and hugs.

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