Porter Barrett Cohen



Porter Barrett Cohen, beloved husband of Mildred Cheney “Mimi” Cohen, died peacefully at Burke County Medical Center in Waynesboro, Georgia, on March 26, 2022. Mr. Cohen was 92 years old. He was born on August 16, 1929, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Mary Nell and Russell Cohen and was one of three children.

Mr. Cohen grew up in Waynesboro, Georgia, and attended Clemson University, where he graduated with a BS in Agriculture. After college, he returned to Waynesboro to raise peaches and cattle on his family farm while also working with the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS). He retired January 1987 after 30 years of service with ASCS.

He curtailed his farming and soon discovered a passion for golf and played regularly into his 90’s.

Mr. Cohen also became a rose gardener. He and his loving wife Mimi provided many roses throughout the years for weddings, funerals, and other events.

He was a life-long member of the Waynesboro First United Methodist Church and a member of the Scrap Gresham Sunday School Class where he taught for several years. He was also a regular member of the Coffee Club where the events of the day were discussed and much wisdom was shared.

Mr. Cohen was preceded in death by his wife Mimi and his daughters Mildred Cohen Coleman and Katherine Cohen Scardato. He is survived by his daughter Mary Cohen Wills (John) of Thomson, Georgia, and his son James Barrett “Jim” Cohen (Debbie) of Lawrenceville, Georgia; sister Sofie Cohen Wills of Douglas, Georgia; and son in-laws Charles Hamilton Coleman, of Augusta, Georgia, and Michael Anthony Scardato of Charleston, South Carolina. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren: Mimi Coleman Grinalds (Allen), Katherine Coleman Johnson (Brown), Mary Charles Coleman Snoddy (Mark), and Sarah McMillan Coleman, all of Augusta, Georgia; Adrienne Wills Pendley (Stuart) of Atlanta, Georgia; Charles Wingfield Wills (Madeline) and Porter Barrett Wills of Augusta, Georgia; Cheney Cohen Pridgen (John) of Carrollton, Georgia; Henry Barrett “Hank” Cohen (Tanner) of Roswell, Georgia; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held on March 29, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Waynesboro First United Methodist Church social hall. The funeral was held at 12 p.m. following the visitation with the Reverend Isaac Salgado officiating. Burial followed at Burke Memorial Gardens.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the First United Methodist Church, 802 Liberty Street, Waynesboro, Georgia 30830.

Arrangements are by Burke Memorial Funeral Home, 842 North Liberty Street, Waynesboro, GA 30830. (706) 551-5100.

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