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Joy Heard Galphin

Joy Heard Galphin

December 14, 1944 - November 17, 2017     Age: 72

Joy Heard Galphin passed away Friday November 17, 2017 in her home following a courageous bout with heart disease. Born, on December 14, 1944 in Atlanta, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Bedford Harper Heard and Reba Waldrop Heard of Atlanta, Georgia. She spent her early years growing up in Atlanta and graduated from Roosevelt High School in the class of 1962. She learned the art of shorthand writing and was top in her class. Her skill landed her a job as a court reporter for the Fulton County, Georgia Judicial System.  Subsequently, with her husband she formed CES Office Centers in Atlanta.

On December 7, 1974, she married W. N. “Nip” Galphin.  In 1998, they intended to retire to Fernandina Beach, but they soon purchased a local real estate management company and formed Galphin Real Estate Services, where she was active for many years as a beloved partner and confidant.

She loved the beach, animals, crafts and gardening (and shopping). She was a great wife, a great sister, a terrific mother, but most of all she loved her Grandchildren, her Great Grandchildren and especially her two beloved dogs, Heidi and Channing.  Her love for these brought her joy and enabled her to bring joy and happiness to others.  She loved to make others feel special, especially her family.  Whether it was showing them the most extravagant holiday and birthday celebrations, supporting their accomplishments, or simply spending time with them, she loved to love and it was evident through everything she shared.  She was truly one-of-a-kind.

She leaves behind her beloved husband of 43 years, W.N. “Nip “Galphin, her daughter and son-in-law, Vicky and Gary Fowler of Atlanta, her son, Jay Galphin of Loganville, Ga.,  her son and daughter-in-law, Scot and Alicia Galphin of Gainesville, Ga., her brother and sister-in-law Phillip and Martha Heard of Monticello, Ga., her brother, Stephen Heard of Atlanta, her sister Bevel Chancelades of Fernandina Beach, her seven grandchildren, Brittani, Lauren, Nicholas, Andrew, Morgan, William, and Madalyn, and her seven Great Grandchildren, Grant, Brock, Brody, Griffin, Cleo, Chloe and Brett.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 PM Monday evening at Oxley-Heard.

Funeral Service will be held in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard on Tuesday at 11:00 AM, with Rev. Jim Tippins officiating.  She will be laid to rest in Bosque Bello Cemetery.  Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made in her memory to the Nassau Humane Society, 995 Piper Lane, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 or the American Heart Association.


23 Condolences

  • Jeanette Hicks & George Wilson Posted November 17, 2017 7:02 pm

    Our Thought & Prayers are with Nip & his Family, Love, George & Jeanette

  • Charlotte and Charles McKellar Posted November 18, 2017 10:18 am

    Our dear friend and neighbor was one of the sweetest,kindest people I’v ever known. We all are going to miss her. Love to Nip and her family.

  • Faye & Willi Flannery Posted November 18, 2017 2:09 pm

    You are in my thoughts and prayers Nip and family!! She was a very special friend!! Love and hugs!!

  • Linda and Bernie McDonnell Posted November 18, 2017 7:45 pm

    So sad to lose such a wonderful friend and neighbor. Our sincere sympathy to Nip and the family.

  • Jennifer Wilson Posted November 18, 2017 9:14 pm

    Sending thoughts and prayers to Nip & the family.
    Love, Jennifer

  • Keith and Linda Bryan Posted November 19, 2017 12:00 pm

    Such a wonderful person. Always smiling with sunshine on her face. Sincere sympathy and prayers to Nip and family.

  • Mary Raines Posted November 19, 2017 3:34 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Nip and his family. Loosing a spouse is a devestating experience. My heart felt thoughts are with you all.

  • Cathleen White Posted November 19, 2017 4:00 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family ??
    Yes she was a very special lady❤️

  • Jeri Kolke Posted November 19, 2017 6:08 pm

    I was very sad to hear this. Nip, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Ralph and Marian Sykes Posted November 19, 2017 7:47 pm

    Our prayers go out to Joy’s family.

  • Wade Jameson Posted November 19, 2017 8:45 pm

    My heart goes out to you Mr Galphin and your family I live you guys so much she will truly be missed my deepest condolences….WADE

  • JAMES EARL AND LYNNE BOUNDS Posted November 19, 2017 11:35 pm


  • Rick & jessica Miller Posted November 20, 2017 10:07 am

    Joy lit up a room simply by walking in! Our heartfelt condolences to Nip & family.

  • Robert and Winette Odom Posted November 20, 2017 11:04 am

    Nip we know how important your family has always been. We wish the best for you and your children and their families.

  • Gail Cook Posted November 20, 2017 12:56 pm

    Nip, I was so sorry to read this. I always enjoyed visiting with Joy because she truly was a joy. I will be praying for your and your family.

  • JoAnn Rumelhart Posted November 20, 2017 1:07 pm

    Nip, my deepest sympathy. I will miss Joy walking the dog and our frequent conversations in the yard. She was a very special caring person.

  • David and lynda seaman Posted November 20, 2017 5:18 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to you Nip. She will be missed

  • Trista Johnson Posted November 21, 2017 8:58 am

    Joy was just that, a true joy. A wonderful boss and friend with a huge heart, a kind soul, a giving spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor. She will truly be missed. My love and condolences to Nip, Bevel, and her entire family that she loved so dearly.

  • MARCY MOCK Posted November 21, 2017 7:37 pm


  • Deep Ferrara Posted November 23, 2017 10:32 am

    My sincere condolences to hear this. My heart breaks for you Mr. NiP and Bevel and your family, I am so sorry for your family. Miss Joy had a heart of gold. Many prayers for all of you.

  • John and Theresa Megna Posted November 23, 2017 9:16 pm

    Just read that Joy passed away and know that she will be missed by many in our community, our condolences to you and your family Nip.

  • Liz (Mayer) Nax Posted November 30, 2017 6:39 am

    Joy will forever hold a special place in my heart. Kind and giving, nurturing and patient; she was my mother, mentor and friend who taught me women can be powerful, beautiful and classy all at the same time. I admired her and aspired to be like her. She was a force. Joy, may Godspeed with all my love and gratitude for the life you lived and all you meant and mean to me. My deepest condolences to Nip, BJ and family.

  • Pam Posted December 5, 2017 8:14 am

    Sending you and your family love and prayers for the days ahead. Truly sorry to hear this news and remembering Joy with heartfelt fondness to rest in eternal peace. Blessings always.

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