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Argertha "Gert" Cotton Works

May 27, 1934 ~ August 30, 2019 (age 85)


Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
T'was blind but now I see
T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear
And Grace, my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
Through many dangers, toils and snares
We have already come.
T'was grace that brought us safe thus far
And grace will lead us home,
And grace will lead us home
Amazing grace, Howe Sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
T'was blind but now I see
Was blind, but now I see.


Argertha, affectionately known as “Gert” was born May 27, 1934.

She was the fourth child born to Robert Cotton, Sr and Rosa Lee Cotton in Clayton, Alabama.

Her family relocated to DeFuniak Springs, Florida in the 40's. Argertha was raised in a loving Christian home.

She was educated at Tivoli High School, graduating with the class of 1952. Upon graduating she married Mr. Willie James Pace. To this union six children were born, one preceded her in death, Roxanne Pace.

At an early age, Argertha united with the Union Springs Missionary Baptist Church and served faithfully for many years as a Senior Choir member. She had a great passion for singing. In 1975, Argertha and Mrs. Rosa Price had a vision for a gospel singing group. From their vision, Pace and Price (P&P) Gospel singers had their beginning. Their group traveled Alabama and the Florida panhandle singing praises to God and lifting the name of Jesus. Once Sister Works got the microphone to sing, you better believe there was a mighty move of God in the spirit.

She served faithfully until she moved to Caryville, Florida, joining Ransom Works in Holy Matrimony and she became affiliated with the Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church. There she served faithful until her health would not allow her to attend every Sunday.

She transitioned from earth to glory on August 30, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida surrounded by her loving children.

She leaves to cherish her memory, husband, Ransom Works, Caryville, Florida; children Patricia Lee (Fred), DeFuniak Springs, Florida, Debra Pace Mitchell (Treamine), Tallahassee, Florida, Charles Pace, Woodbridge, Virginia, Ben Pace (Sheila), Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Dwunnda Pace, Tallahassee, Florida; Donaldson Campbell (like a son), Sunny Hills, Florida; sisters: Dorothy Reaves, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, (Alexander Reaves, deceased) and Shirley Cotton, DeFuniak Springs, Florida; six stepchildren: Ollie M. Stuckey, Cleveland Works, Clementine Howard (Elder Tony), Cheryl Peterson, Almeanus Works and Darrel Works (Barbara); sisters-in-law: Ella Weese Jones, Caryville, Florida and Janice Jones of Las Vegas, Nevada; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.


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September 6, 2019

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church-Caryville
816 Saint Mary Road
Caryville, FL 32427

Celebration of Life
September 7, 2019

11:00 AM
Union Springs Missionary Baptist Church-DeFuniak
416 Railroad Street
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435

September 7, 2019

12:00 PM
Magnolia Cemetery
222 North Park Street
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435

September 7, 2019

1:00 PM
Greater St. Joseph AME Church
117 Graham Avenue
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435

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