“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 may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.” – John 14:1-4.
WAYNESVILLE — Beatrice Clayton Cohen, 81, passed away on April 26, 2020. The daughter of the late James and Kittie Clayton, Mrs. Cohen was born November 6, 1938, in Waynesville. In her youth, she joined the 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. Mrs. Cohen 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. Mrs. Cohen was proceeded 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 of Waynesville, Tracy Bennett and Kim Cohen of Nahunta, and Crystal Lettsome of Kingsland; two grandsons she raised as her own, Markquin Cohen of 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 of Brunswick, Gloria Tendle of Seattle, Wash., and Hazel Coleman of New Jersey; her grandchildren, Darrell Cohen and Devon Hamilton of Alabama, Mickel Hilton of Tennessee, Victor Cohen, Perez Cohen and Sam Melton of Nahunta, Shaylah Hilton and Autumn Hilton of Kingsland, Sierra Mcduffie and Serenity Hester of Nahunta, 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held Sunday, April 26 at Masonic Cemetary in Waynesville. Rainge Funeral Home in Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.