Rev. J. Cohen Arms, 82, of Guyton, Georgia, went to his heavenly home on October 22nd, 2011 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. A native of Greenville County, South Carolina, Rev. Arms was born December 21st, 1928, to the late James Tollie and Nora Lee Pittman Arms. On September 21st, 1946, he married the love of his life, Geraldine Jeter.
Rev. Arms answered the Lord's call to be a minister of the Gospel in 1952. He attended North Greenville Junior College, Furman University, and Erskine Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Oolenoy Baptist Church, Cedar Rock Baptist Church, and Calumet Baptist Church in the upstate of South Carolina during that decade. In 1960, Rev. Arms and his family relocated to Johnson City, Tennessee, where he was pastor at Pinecrest Baptist Church for ten years. While in Johnson City, he began work on his Master's Degree in English at East Tennessee State University.
In 1970, the family relocated to Savannah, Georgia, where Rev. Arms served as pastor of Cresthill Baptist Church for 21 years. In 1991, he began an 18-year career as a Staff Chaplain at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah and in 1992, he and Mrs. Arms were commissioned as chaplains by the Georgia Baptist Convention. While a Chaplain, Rev. Arms served as Interim Pastor for several churches in the Association: Chevis Oaks Baptist Church, Faulkville Baptist Church (where the Arms' are members), Jasper Springs Baptist Church, and Woodlawn Baptist Church. He also provided pulpit supply preaching for numerous Baptist, Christian, and Presbyterian churches in Savannah and the surrounding area.
In addition to his parents, Rev. Arms was preceded in death by five brothers: An Infant Brother (1945), Harold (1945), Ronald Leslie (1948), Floyd (2003), and Olen (2008).
Rev. Arms is survived by his wife of 65 years, Geraldine Jeter Arms; one son: Gary (Linda) Arms of South Guyton, Georgia; three daughters: Gail (David) Cribbs of Fayetteville, Georgia; Cathy (Elmar) von Kurzbach of Jacksonville, Florida; and Ruth Linton of Rincon, Georgia; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother: Marshall (Joan) Arms of Greenville, South Carolina; three sisters-in-law: Eloise J. Hawkins and Betty J. Langley, both of Taylors, South Carolina; and Carolyn Arms of Spartanburg, South Carolina; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.Visitation:
Tuesday, October 25th, 5 PM to 8 PM, Fairhaven Funeral Home, Garden City Chapel
Wednesday, October 26th, Faulkville Baptist Church, 11:00 AM.
Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery
Grandchildren Eddie Roberts, Kerry Arms, Jason von Kurzbach, Jennifer Waters, Brian Cribbs, and Christopher Linton
Pastors and Chaplains from Savannah and the surrounding area