Iris Madie Cogdell was born on October 26th, 1956 in Nahunta, Georgia to Alta Williams and the late Ira Cogdell. Iris was called home on August 17th. 2019.
Iris grew up in Nahunta, Georgia with a great loving family as the oldest of nine 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, GA. She received her bachelor's in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State. During Her young adulthood, Iris met then companion, Stanley Owens. Together they traveled to New York State and settled in Buffalo, New York to earn 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, New York. Iris was a devoted mother who was dedicated to those she loved. Iris spent her final days on earth, building and last memories with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. Additionally, Iris 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.
Iris leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Alta Williams, Nahunta; GA , sons all whom resides in Buffalo, NY, Derrick Owens Sr.; Byron Eugene Cogdell (Hope),and Christopher David Cogdell; brothers Wayne Cogdell ( Jeannette), Dougsville, GA, Ira Cogdell Jr. (Bridgette), Atlanta, GA; sisters, Betty Jackson (Cleo), Folkston, GA; Beverly Greene (Terry), Jacksonville, FL; Sandra Grant (Willie), Jacksonville, FL; Mary Mitchell (Lorenzia), Waynesville, GA, Cynthia Roberson ( James), Nahunta, Ga; Angelique Young (Ernest), Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Derrick Owens Jr, Emanuel Cogdell, Katurah Cogdell, Jurnee Iris Cogdell and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.