Charles Mahaffey – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper
Posted at 4:42 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2022
August 21, 1934 – August 31, 2022
JONESVILLE — The funeral of Charles “Floyd” Mahaffey, 88, of Jonesville, LA, will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2022. Services will be held at Jonesville First Baptist Church at 2 p.m., with Bro. Dominick Dicarlo officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 12 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow at Highland Park Cemetery on the island of Sicily, LA under the direction of Young Funeral Home.
Mr Floyd, also known as “Coach”, was born August 21, 1934 on the island of Sicily and died August 31, 2022 at his home in Jonesville. He grew up on the island of Sicily and graduated from Sicily Island High School and the University of Northeastern Louisiana, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education. After graduating from college, Floyd proudly served his country in the United States military. On July 28, 1961, he married Elizabeth “Bibba” Mount. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this year.
Mr. Mahaffey spent many years teaching and coaching at Block High School. He earned advanced degrees in counseling and school administration and later became vice-principal at Jonesville Junior High School. He has established lasting relationships with staff and students. Mr. Mahaffey retired after 38 years of service to the Catahoula Parish School System. In addition to his work in schools, he spent many summers working as a ranger for the Corp of Engineers. It was the money used for his children’s college education.
Coach Mahaffey’s true passions were coaching and football. Not only did he enjoy coaching, but he was also loved by his players. Their calls and visits over the years always seemed to brighten his day.
Spending time with his family has always been special for Mr. Floyd. Some of the fondest memories were vacationing with children and grandchildren, attending his son’s football games in Arkansas, and visiting his daughter and family on the Gulf Coast. He and Bibba lived a wonderful life, spending many days fishing at their camp on Lake Louie and enjoying country music performances in Branson, Missouri.
Later in life, Floyd and Bibba moved to Natchez, MS, where they met many new friends. They were considered “founding members” of a group of coffee drinkers who met every morning for 17 years at McDonald’s in Vidalia. Floyd’s quick wit, engaging personality and dazzling smile will be greatly missed.
Floyd was predeceased by his parents, Ed Mahaffey and Katie Pearl (Dolly) Landrum; son, Todd Mahaffey; and grandson, Dustin Mahaffey.
Those who cherish his memory are his wife, Bibba of Jonesville, LA; daughter, Eva (Gay) Mahaffey Owen of Spanish Fort, AL; grandchildren, Sarah Mahaffey of Mena, Arkansas; Dr. Katie Owen Piner of Tacoma, Wash.; Kelly Owen of Spanish Fort, AL; brother, Ben Mahaffey of Patterson, LA; and many great-grandchildren in Mena, Arkansas.