In Loving

Joey Annabelle Cotner

February 15, 2007 – November 22, 2022

Joey Annebelle Cotner, 15, Ascended to Heaven with her step-dad Wayne Knuckles J.R. on November 22, 2022.

She is survived by her parents, Christina Knuckles, Joseph Cotner J.R. and Brett Cashman; her brothers, Trey Cotner, Jake Hastings, Hunter Hastings, Nikolai Cotner, Sebastian Cotner, and Maverick Cashman; her grandparents, Christina and Jim Briggs, Irene Griffie, Alfredo Neuman, and Jeff Keith; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and so many friends.

Joey excelled in everything she set out to do. She began swimming on her own at one and a half years old. Joey would do a backflip into the water off of anything and perform any trick you dared her to do. She idolized her older brother, Nik (Bean), so much that she insisted on playing tackle football instead of cheerleading as a little seven-year-old. Joey was everything her brother, Sebastian, wanted to be. The love, conviction, and bond she had with her baby brother, Maverick, was extraordinary. She left this world, proud that she was a lot like her mother. The only fear she had was fear itself. Let’s honor Joey and live our lives without fear.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 3, 2022, at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Click here to view the live-streamed memorial service for Joey Annabelle Cotner.

To Honor Joey, we ask all family and friends to wear her favorite color WHITE to her celebration of life.

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” -Frida Kahlo

Memorial Service


Affinity Funeral Service

2720 Enterprise Pwky

Richmond, VA 23294


Saturday, December 3, 2022


3:00 P.M.

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  1. Melissa Ross November 25, 2022 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Joey – there’s no better way to describe you other than “light on earth”. Your time may have been short, but your impact is forever. You brought so much joy into every persons life you touched & you’ll be dearly missed! We love you! Praying for the family during this unimaginably difficult time! May you find some comfort in just how much Joey is loved!

  2. Karen Stanley November 26, 2022 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    We love you Joey!! You will be sorely missed!! Thank you for being Ellie’s best friend, from softball to school events to birthday parties, to field trips, to just hanging out at our house, it’s been a pleasure to watch you grow up into a beautiful young woman. You have made us laugh endlessly and blessed us with your presence. Life will never be the same for those who had the great pleasure of knowing you and some things aren’t meant for us to understand right now but we also know you are walking with Jesus, safe beside him, and He is the final destination ❤️

    Praying for peace and comfort for Joeys family and friends ??

  3. Heather Bradley November 28, 2022 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    My heart is broken. I am so deeply sorry to Joey’s family and friends for your loss. I will be praying for peace and healing hearts as we await our heavenly reunion with sweet Joey.

  4. Pamela Guthrow November 28, 2022 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    We love you so much baby,
    Love Aunt Pam Uncle Scott
    Becky Riley
    Daniel Heather
    Lily Daniel

  5. Tracy Hastings November 28, 2022 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Love you aunt Joey
    Love your niece Tracy

  6. Irene Griffie November 28, 2022 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Joey Mamaw will miss you so much. Fly High Baby. You Took A Piece of my Heart. Keep it till I see you again.

  7. Tiffany Gardner November 28, 2022 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    Idk you but fly high baby girl and continue watching over your love ones ?♥️

  8. Anne Edge November 29, 2022 at 7:48 am - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear this. She was a beautiful young lady

  9. Deanna Nichols November 29, 2022 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Joey, your smile and personality would light up a room! I am blessed to have you as a student! You always appreciated a good laugh and you always did your best! Rest in peace sweet girl! To Christy, Bean, Sebastian, and Maverick-I am here for y’all! Hugs , prayers, and love!

  10. Gwendolyn Hurt November 29, 2022 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Christy, my heart has sunken. I always remember Joey as Bean’s shadows, all over LYB. Just as tough as he was. I loved watching her grow up, via FB. Such a beautiful young lady with a beautiful soul. She will never be forgotten. Sending my love to you , the boys and family.

  11. Vanja Vasquez November 29, 2022 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Joey, if you were anything like your mom (and I know you were), you were brave, strong and always put a smile on everyone’s face. Rest in peace forever, sweet girl. Christy, I love you so much and am always here for you and your family. Sending you all the love and light in the world.

  12. Charlie Baker November 30, 2022 at 9:00 am - Reply

    I’d describe Joey’s life the same way I’d describe her as a ball player. Short, but impactful, and in ways you’d never expect.

    I love you Joseph. Thank you for letting me and my family be a part of your life.

  13. Dianna and Bryan Gordon November 30, 2022 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Joey, Though I did not know you, obviously you had many friends and family who loved you dearly. I know your brothers and look forward to watching Nik (Bean) on the basketball court again this season. My son, Preston, thinks so much of him.Please know that your family will continue to be in our prayers . May God lift each one up during this difficult time .

  14. Cheryl Johnston December 3, 2022 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Joey, your laughter, bright smile, and the way that you filled our classroom with joy will be memories that are cherished by not only me, but by your entire BES Family. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers .

  15. Kim Nickey December 3, 2022 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Fly high sweet girl. You will be sorely missed by loved ones and friends. Watch over them until they enter into heaven and walk by your side again. I’m at a loss for never having met you but no worries your memory will live on and stories will be told until the end of time.

  16. Jennifer Colon December 3, 2022 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Joey Belle

    15 years ago I reunited with an old friend in Miami, both of us full of excitement and joy, each with our new sweet baby girls in hand. I remember holding you send cutting your little itty bitty nails. I remember watching you laugh while you rode your swing, the higher it went the more you smiled, without an ounce of fear.

    I had the opportunity to see you again, as a young woman. I had the privilege to get to know you too. In a family of boys, you were the brave one. Whatever the boys did, you did bigger and better. Just like that little baby I met 14 years earlier, smiling on that swing, you are fearless. Ready to be challenged with any dare, any adventure. Fearless and brave

    I also had the privilege to see your softer side. So gentle and nurturing with Maverick. Giggling with your friends, conversations about how she hopes she has old friends like your Mom and I. Talking about hair and boys. Talking about how we can’t wait to bring my Mia up to hang with you too. I fell in love with you.

    You weren’t just my best friend’s kids, you were my country kids. I’d always tell you I’d always be here for you, I wouldn’t abandon you. I loved you as much as I love your Mom. Spending time with you kids warmed my heart during a time I needed it most. I’m so grateful to both you and your mother for that.

    It’s so hard to believe you’re gone sweet girl. My heart is breaking for you and your Mom. My heart is breaking that I’m not there to celebrate your life and say goodbye. The last time I saw you we dared each other to jump in the water at a beach. We didn’t have a chance to jump in, I regret that so much.

    I hope you are at peace. I hope you pass that strength to your mother. I promise I won’t abandon her, like I promised you. You were so loved Joey. You were such a gift. Your mother loves you so much. I love you so much. I will never forget you and will carry my memories of you and your family always.

  17. Callie Paul December 5, 2022 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I love you so much Joey. I can’t wait to see you in Heaven!! I will never forget all of the time we spent getting into trouble, having long talks, or simply just being there for each other. You are greatly loved by so many people, and have impacted me so much

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