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In Memoriam: Remembering the Legacy of Joseph Philip “Phil” Coyle


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a beloved member of our community, Joseph Philip Coyle, at the age of 90. Phil, as he was affectionately known, was a pillar of strength and service to Gaston County, leaving an indelible mark on our business community and beyond.

Phil's professional journey was marked by dedication and excellence.

  • With over 25 years of chamber experience spanning three states, he served in various staff positions before becoming the chamber executive in Lancaster, South Carolina, where he worked tirelessly to support small businesses through programs like SCORE.

  • In 1976, Phil assumed the role of executive vice-president of the Gaston County Chamber of Commerce, continuing his impactful work.

His commitment to community service was exceptional.

  • Phil was an active member of the North Carolina Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, serving as its president and receiving the prestigious Chamber Executive of the Year award twice.

  • He also played key roles in regional and national organizations dedicated to chamber leadership.

Phil's involvement extended beyond business, as he championed causes such as Crimestoppers, Leadership Gaston, and economic development. He served as a Gaston County Commissioner, receiving the William Gaston Award for his contributions to our county's betterment.


Outside of his professional life, Phil found joy in tennis, fishing, hunting, and golf. He had a deep love for all things Irish and was known for adding a "spice of life" to gatherings.

Phil Coyle's legacy will forever be etched in our hearts.

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Parks Hilburn Coyle, his children, and grandchildren.

  • As we bid farewell to a remarkable man, may he rest in peace, and may his spirit of community service continue to inspire us all.

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