Joseph Foy (Sign Guestbook)

Joseph Andrew Foy, age 63, passed away on June 20, 2018. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1976 before beginning his 25-year career in engineering. He then chose to follow his passion for education, becoming a High School Teacher, educating students for the past 10 years at West High School and L&N STEM Academy. This fall he planned to continue his teaching career at CAK. Joseph enjoyed reading, and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. He was a member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Cathy Foy, and step-mother, Azalee Foy. Joseph is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sharon Foy; children, Melody Berrong and husband, Chris, and Andy Foy and wife, Grace; grandchildren, Bray and Grayson Berrong; siblings, Michael Foy and wife, Kris, George Foy, Jr., Evalee Foy, and Milissa Foy. A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on June 30that Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church with Pastor Andrew Keasling officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Friends of the Smokies ( Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Foy family and invites you to sign and view the family guestbook below.


34 guestbook entries for “Joseph Foy”:

  1. Dennis Will Hillegas says:

    Condolences to Joe’s family. I am a classmate from 32nd Company USNA ’76.

  2. Carl Sharperson says:

    I am praying for your family in your loss.

    Carl H. Sharperson,Jr.
    USNA 76

  3. Carl Sharperson says:

    I am praying for your family in your loss. Carl H. Sharperson, Jr. USNA 76

  4. Tim Traaen says:

    Rest in peace, classmate. It was an honor to have known and served with you. Carry on….

    Until we muster again,
    Tim Traaen ’76
    27co Tigersharks

  5. Patti Fogel says:

    Mr. Foy was a favorite teacher of my daughter’s. He encouraged her in school and outside of school. He even supported her financially and prayerfully in her mission trips outside of school. He will be greatly missed.

  6. Nancy Jackson says:

    My heart grieves for Sharon and the rest of the family. Joe holds a special place in my heart, for he was there for me at a time when I needed a strong defender. He loved and served our Father faithfully in many ways for many years. Especially important to many of us at CSPC, was that he (and Sharon) stepped in and served our Adult Singles class for several years, teaching us faithfully from the Word. He is now resting in the Presence of his Lord, full of joy and peace. May his family be comforted with the knowledge of that truth.

  7. Joe Sturm says:

    My sincere condolences in the loss of Joe. He was a great USNA classmate!

  8. Scott Moore says:

    My deep sympathies. Joe was a USNA classmate and a member of my wedding party 42 years ago. He will be remembered by all of us with whom he shared his life. Semper Fi, Joe.

  9. Dawn Hawkersmith says:

    May God cover you all during this difficult time and envelop you with His strength and the comfort only He can provide. Dawn and Rick Hawkersmith

  10. Cheri and Bill Morris says:

    Heartfelt condolences for the Foy family.

  11. Steven E. Clark says:

    My deepest condolences to the Foy family. I will remember him at Mass tomorrow.
    Rev. Steven Clark, USNA 1976
    St. Francis of Assis Church, Mount Kisco, NY

  12. John Teague says:

    Joe, you were a joy to work with at West High School! You were the teacher that others saw as a role model. Rest in peace, my friend.

  13. Kristie McClanahan says:

    Sharon, Melody, and Andy – I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God comforts you and that you are able to feel His love and support. I know there are no words to make this easier for you, just know that I’m thinking of you and am so sorry that you are going through this.

    -Kristie McClanahan

  14. Kathy McGinley says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Foy taught my son in two classes last year. We much appreciated the extra effort he gave to teaching and making concepts relevant for the students. He will be missed.

    The McGinley Family

  15. The Meidls says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Joe was influential and encouraging to every member of our family and we will truly miss him. He was a wonderful man.

  16. Heather Abernathy says:

    Mr. Foy was one of the best teachers I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know. He’s always been so kind and considerate of his students. Prayers for the Foy family.

  17. Bill Hawn, USNA '76 says:

    We are sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. We will keep the entire family in our prayers.
    Bill and Diana Hawn,

  18. Richard Bennett says:

    I am very sorry about the loss of Joe. I very much enjoyed his friendship over the years. Linda and I appreciated all he did for Laura. We could not think of a person that we were more comfortable with when sending her on two missions trips to Bolivia. We knew Joe would protect her as his own, and that he would be a great spiritual mentor and teacher. I also remember that when Laura was hospitalized with mono, Joe was one of the first people to come visit her. He always put others before himself and lived his life in a remarkable Godly way.

  19. Caleb says:

    This man was the best teacher I had at West. He was the reason I pushed myself in math class and the only reason I passed math. I always had a struggle in math but Mr. Foy made it fun and easier to understand. There wasn’t any other teacher I had that was like him. He was definitely a teacher that put his students first and made sure they understood what they learned. He always made tried to make his students push themselves to do great not to do good but to do there best. This man made a difference in my life and I’m sure he made a difference in other students lives too.
    This man will be missed! R.I.P Mr. Foy

  20. Lalita Thompson says:

    Mr. Foy was always patient with me and my aversion towards math. He taught my older sister and I during our years at west and I am sorry for his family’s loss. Rest In Peace.

  21. Tim Childers says:

    My deepest condolences for your loss. Mr. Foy was a man of strong integrity and unwavering commitment to his family, friends, colleagues, and students. I have spent many mornings having long conversations with Joe about education, faith, and life in general. His wisdom and life experience always helped me understand things just a little better. He will be missed as deeply as he was loved.

  22. Mark says:

    Joe, it was great working with you at CSI and sharing a few Naval Academy stories. Great respect for you my friend. Your journey has just begun!

  23. Cherry Lemonds says:

    Sharon, I will always remember how you and Joe unselfishly took over our adult singles class when no one else would do it. You guys gave us your hearts and good Biblical teaching. My heart goes out to you and your family, as we will all miss Joe. I thank my Lord that His promises are true, and that we will all one day join Joe and the host of others who have gone before us to live in that glorious new heaven and earth. May the Lord Jesus wrap you in His loving arms through the body of Christ here.

  24. Angie Cannon says:

    Joe will be so missed by all. He taught me so much about how to lead Missions Trips in the five years I went to Bolivia with him and a team. Harold and I are so sorry for your loss.

  25. Frank Turner says:

    I fondly remember a camping and hiking trip to Big South Fork with Joe, his son Andy, and my son Brock. We had a great time. Also, Joe was a big help assisting me with their Cub Scout Den. Great memories. Thank you, Joe.
    Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  26. Steve Killian says:

    Wonderful Man and an even better person. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
    The Killian’s

  27. Chuck Norman says:

    Joe was a special guy. Got to know him through CSPC sports ministry trips to Spain. We shared many a laugh as we assessed our living conditions on the floor of a gym while doing a week of ministry in Spain. Joe followed his passion for ministry to Peru. Joe and I served on the CSPC Mission team. We also got in several hikes in the mountains he so dearly loved.

  28. Paul and Dori Pittman says:

    There are no words…..we are shocked and saddened to hear of Joe’s home going. Joe was one of a very special few Christian brothers who had a tremendous, lasting impact on our lives and those of many, many more. We will never forget serving with Joe and the host of youth and youth leaders who came, labored, and encouraged us as we served among our beloved Quechua people in the Bolivian highlands. Many there still remember and ask about hermano José from la Iglesia Cedar Springs. And, we will never forget when he asked us if we would allow him to be “Uncle Joe” to our Samuel and Sarah. How great it must be for Joe to hear our Savior say “Well done, good and faithful servant! Now, come home to me.” Tinkunakama, hermanuyku José!

  29. Jill Lagerberg says:

    I am shocked and saddened to hear of Joe’s death. I still remember with great fondness a mission trip we took to Lima, Peru in 2004. He was a great leader – competent, wise, and compassionate. I am praying for all of you.

  30. Thomas J. Brown says:

    On behalf of USS Trippe (FF 1075), her commanding officer, CAPT Charles M. Barker, the wardroom and crew please accept our condolences at the passing on to glory of our shipmate, LT Joe Foy. For us Joe was “Weps”, Head of the Weapons Department. During our 1981-1982 Mediterranean Cruise, Joe won for us the prestigious “Hook Em'” anti-submarine warfare (ASW) award by detecting and identifying all Soviet submarines deployed there!. Joe worked hard and played hard. Often his rapscallion antics provided moments of great humor and laughter around the wardroom table. I am sure that if asked what his three greatest accomplishments in life were his first response would be marrying his wife, having his children and spending time with his grandchildren. No doubt the second would be teaching. When the final bell is toiled for a shipmate leaving the ship, there is a moment when the bell’s last peel follows him down the gangplank to his next assignment. Often, if you listen carefully enough, you can hear faint echos returning. Mrs. Foy, we hope those echos will come to you over the years when a young man or young mother stops you when you least expect it to say: “Your husband was my teacher. He changed my life. Let me tell when he….”. Finally, it is hoped that his third place choice would be the same reply President John F. Kennedy gave when asked what his greatest contribution to America was. He replied,’I served in the United States Navy.” Fair Winds and Following Seas, Joe. Onto God’s Glory! Very Respectfully, Officers and Crew of USS Trippe (FF 1075)

    • Sharon Foy says:

      I really appreciate the kind words. I was fortunate enough to meet Capt. Barker when we lived in Johnson City and I think he lived in Kingsport at the time. I read a story from Keith Ludwig at the memorial service. Joe told me recently that to really understand him, you had to understand the 10 years he spent in the Navy. I’m sure you know what he meant! Please pass on my appreciation to all Officers and Crew of the USS Trippe.

  31. Lendelle Clark, Jr. says:

    I worked with Joe at west High School when he was a teacher. One of my exchange students from Italy michela serra was in his class and just loved Joe. She got a certificate from him for being a top student. Joe was always friendly to Michela and picked on her in a friendly way. I will be mailing her a picture of her and Joe receiving her certificate and also the article in the newspaper. I will miss his friendship and kindness.

  32. Becca Ritchey says:

    So sorry to hear of this loss. Joe will be terribly missed! I enjoyed going to Bolivia with him and serving our God along side him. He was a great man and what wonderful memories he left. I have been praying for y’all as you have been mourning his loss. Love y’all! I’m sorry that I was unable to make it today.

  33. Mark Hubbard says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Joe’s passing. My sincere condolences to the Foy Family.

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