Beatrice Clayton Cohen, 81, of Waynesville, heard the Master’s call Tuesday, April 21, 2020, and she replied “I’m coming.”

She was born the daughter of  the late James and Kittie Clayton November 6, 1938 in Waynesville. 

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father’s house are many mansions: If it was not so, I would have told you, I got to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there he maybe also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.” — John 14:1-4. 

In her youth, she joined First African Baptist Church. She was well known for her welcome speech, and when she spoke, you knew you were welcomed in the house of the Lord. She was a phenomenal woman and a woman of faith. She had a love for everyone she knew. She brought laughter and wisdom not just to her family, but to everyone she knew. Her presence will be missed. 

She was preceded in death by her son, Sam Cohen Jr.; seven siblings, Frauzena Grummell, Mabin Metcalf, Clara Grovner, Aldunia Clayton, Charlie Clayton, Leslie Clayton and Irvin Clayton.                                                                                                              

She leaves to cherish her precious memories four devoted daughters, Darlene Bruno, Waynesville, Tracy Bennett and Kim Cohen, both of Nahunta and Crystal Lettsome, Kingsland; two grandsons that she raised as her own, Markquin Cohen, Waynesville and Larry Cohen of Brunswick; three devoted sons-in-law: Carmelo (India) Bruno, Alton Bennett and Arvil (Mace) Lettsome; three devoted sisters: Carrie Reed, Brunswick, Gloria Tendle of Seattle, WA and Hazel Coleman of New Jersey; her grandchildren, Darrell Cohen and Devon Hamilton of Alabama, Mickel Hilton of Tennessee and Victor Cohen, Perez Cohen and Sam Melton, all of Nahunta; Shaylah   Hilton and Autumn Hilton, Kingsland and Sierra Mcduffie and Serenity Hester, both of Nahunta; 10 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 26, from the Masonic Cemetery in Waynesville. 

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Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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