Life Reflections of Mrs. Rebertha “Candy” Cosby
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters. (Psalm 23:1-2 KJV)
Rebertha “Candy” Cosby was born on June 4, 1932 to the parentage of the late Charlie Haliburton and Jennie
Rebertha received her education in the Public School System of Macon County. She worked at Perry Veneer
Factory for twenty-five years as the lead fastest basket maker until the company closed. She then went to work at
The Old Church Home as a nurse assistant for ten years. Then she later became employed with Westfield School as
a custodian for the new Westfield gym and also worked in the cafeteria as a lunchroom assistant. Rebertha retired
from Westfield after ten years, to take care of her husband who was very ill at the time.
Rebertha loved the Lord. She joined Brown Chapel C.M.E. Church at the age of ten. She immediately began
singing in the choir as a youth and later founded the first youth choir at Brown Chapel C.M.E. Church.
Rebertha was the president of the Brown Chapel Church Choir for over 30 years. She was one of the main lead
singers of the Brown Chapel Choir and was known as the closer. One of her most favorite songs she sang during
the time was “Let Us All Go Back to The Old Time”. Another recent favorite song she would sing from time to
time was “Jesus, How I Love to Call on Your Name”. Rebertha had many roles at Brown Chapel Church. She was
the president of the Missionary Board and also served as president of the Stewardess Board. She was the church
treasurer for 15 years and served on the Finance Committee. She was a faithful member who loved everybody.
In her younger days, Rebertha loved to fish with her husband Henry Jr. and son Harvey (deceased) as it was
one of her favorite hobbies. Rebertha’s other most enjoyable hobby was shopping with her two daughters, Gloria
(deceased) and Catherine. She also enjoyed reading her bible, watching game shows, basketball, football, etc., but
her greatest joy was sitting around her family and enjoying her grandboys. Their company was a blessing to her as
she watched them grow up. She was a very important part of their lives, and attended all of their events.
Rebertha was well known in her community, called “Five-Point” for GOOD DEEDS. Throughout the years she
always gave food to anyone in need and helped others who were less fortunate. One of her favorite things to say was
to help someone else if you can. A quote from Rebertha, “If you have money and can’t help someone in need then
money doesn’t mean anything to me.” Rebertha has done a lot of good deeds in her life to help someone in need.
Rebertha was all about doing the right thing and giving back to God and her community.
Rebertha and Henry were blessed to spend over SIXTY years together as a couple and twenty-five retired years
together cherishing their love and raising their grandkids while enjoying life together. They were like two peas in
They had four children, Catherine (Curtis) Solomon of Bonaire, Georgia, Larry Cosby (deceased), Gloria Ann
Gilbert (deceased), Harvey Lee Cosby (deceased) and a Daughter-in Law, Patricia Cosby. Rebertha also had five stepchildren, Julia Cosby, Sam Cosby, Cathy Fields, Ray (Murtis) Cosby, and Pam Cosby. She leaves her memories to her five grand-children, Carlton Gilbert, Brandon Solomon, Santrell (Monique) Cosby, Quinterius Cosby, and Corey Solomon. She also leaves two great-grandchildren, Deion and Nova Cosby; sisters Beatrice (Gene) Carroll, Mary Helen Watkins (deceased), a brother Earnest Barrett, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
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