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W. Donald Cogdell

W. Donald Cogdell, Sr. - SAVANNAH - W. Donald Cogdell, Sr., 91, died Thursday, May 16, 2013, under the care of Hospice Savannah. Mr. Cogdell was born in Inverness, AL on December 19, 1921, the son of the late Wilmer Benjamin and Minnie Belle Carmack Cogdell. He attended the University of Alabama and was a veteran of the United States Army, serving proudly during World War II. A lifelong railroad man, he worked for Central of Georgia Railroad, Savannah & Atlanta Railway and, finally, at Norfolk Southern/Central of Georgia, where he retired as Superintendent of Terminals. During that time, he was named Transportation Man of the Year. Mr. Cogdell was a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church, where he served as Treasurer as well as a co-founder and a teacher of the Spiritual Seekers Sunday School Class. Active in the community, he was a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Savannah, a member of the Coastal Heritage Society and the Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman of the American Red Cross, and served on the Board of the United Way. A member of the first board for the Savannah Food Bank, he secured warehouse space for that organization. During his retirement, Mr. Cogdell was responsible for contributing and procuring several pieces of railroad equipment, including rail cars and a locomotive, in addition to numerous memorabilia exhibited in the Georgia State Railroad Museum. He is survived by his wife of nearly 71 years, Anita Torbert Cogdell; son, W. Donald Cogdell, Jr. (Barbara); daughter, Shirley (Kathi); four grandchildren, Wendy Coling, MD (Michael Klinge), Michael Coling (Melissa), Annie Cogdell and Caity Cogdell; and five great-grandchildren - Abby, Adam and Amanda Klinge in addition to William and Wyatt Coling. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Grace United Methodist Church, with visitation to be held on Friday, May 17, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Fox & Weeks Funeral Home on Hodgson Memorial Drive. Remembrances may be made to the Salvation Army, Wesley Community Center, Savannah Second Harvest, the Rotary Foundation and Grace United Methodist Church. Savannah Morning News May 17, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.

Funeral Home

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors Hodgson Chapel
7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive Savannah, GA 31406
(912) 352-7200

Published in Savannah Morning News on May 17, 2013
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