Iris Madie Cogdell, 62, was called home Saturday, August 17, 2019.  

She was born October 26, 1956 in Nahunta, to Alta Williams and the late Ira Cogdell. 

She grew up in Nahunta, with a great loving family as the oldest of six siblings. She graduated from Brantley County High School in 1974 and proceeded to college where she obtained an associate degree in social science at South Georgia College in Douglas. During her young adulthood, Iris met then companion, Stanley Owens. Together, they traveled to New York State and settled in Buffalo, NY  and she earned a certificate in mental health counseling. For many years, she worked as a skilled counselor, specializing in drug and alcohol treatment at Horizon’s Health Services located in Buffalo, NY. She was a devoted mother who was dedicated to those she loved. She spent her final days on earth, building lasting memories with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. Additionally, Irish loved to cook, shop and enjoy endless conversations on the phone with her mother.

Iris was preceded in death by her beloved son, Stanley Clay Owens.

She leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Alta Williams, Nahunta; sons, Derrick Owens Jr., Emanuel Cogdell (Hope), and Christopher David Cogdell, all of Buffalo, NY; brothers, Wayne Cogdell (Jeannette), Douglasville, Ira Cogdell Jr. (Bridgette), Atlanta; sisters, Betty Jackson (Cleo), Folkston, Beverly Greene (Terry) and Sandra Grant Willie, both of Jacksonville, FL; Mary Mitchell (Lorenzia), Waynesville, Cynthia Roberson (James), Nahunta and Angelique Young (Ernest), Atlanta and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the funeral home, 505 Ware Street, Blackshear. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, from the Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 443 Florida Avenue, Nahunta. 

Interment will follow in the Masonic Cemetery in Waynesville. 

Condolences may be expressed online at

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

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