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Reverend J. L. Stokes entered into rest Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at his residence. Reverend Stokes was born in Abbeville, Georgia on April 27, 1936 to the late Calvin Arthur Stokes and Georgia Reid Stokes. At an early age, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior.

Reverend Stokes graduated from Wilcox County High School. Following his studies at Fort Valley State College, he worked various jobs before entering the ministry. 

On April 25, 1964, he entered into holy matrimony to the late Laura M. Stanley.

Reverend Stokes is survived by three children, Donald (Diane) of Surrency, GA, Arita (Michael) of Fayetteville, GA and Reverend Tyrone (Alicia) Stokes of Hephzibah, GA; one brother, George Lee Stokes, Macon, GA; three sisters-in-law, Reba Stokes, Augusta, GA, Mazie Stokes, Cleveland, OH and Carolyn J. Smith, Augusta, GA; one faithful brother-in-law, Eric C. Stanley, Augusta, GA; an adoptive son, Reverend Curtis (Yolanda) Williams, Augusta, GA; and adoptive goddaughter, Adrienne Dunbar, Augusta, GA; seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. from Antioch Baptist Church, 1454 Florence Street, Reverend K.B. Martin, pastor, Reverend Dr. Willie Rivers, eulogist. Interment will be in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens. The remains will lie in state at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service. 

Family will receive friends Friday, February 22, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Second Shiloh Baptist Church, 1243 Summer Street.

W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 (706)722-6401.

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  • Thursday, February 14, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ W.H. Mays Mortuary
  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
    I was sadden to hear about the loss in the church family at Shiloh Baptist Church. May you find comfort in knowing that he has gone on to be with the Lord. RIP
    ~ Carmellia Samuels   Harlem, GA
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Beloved, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of your fathers passing. With deepest sympathy, Cassondra Powell-Taylor and Family
    ~ Cassondra Powell-Taylor   Newnan, GA
  • Sunday, February 24, 2019
    To the family and friends: please, accept our heartfelt sympathy in your recent loss.  May you find strength and comfort from the words of  Nahum 1:7 Which reads: “Jehovah is good, a stronghold in the day of distress. He is mindful of those seeking refuge in him.” Yes, our loving God is there for us if we allow him to help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die.  He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise  (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us! You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Monday, February 25, 2019
    Mr Stokes was a great man. I will miss him.
    ~ Hattie Atlins   Augusta, GA
  • Saturday, March 30, 2019
    I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Stokes family. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered. You can find great comfort in the hope for the future present in the Bible at Isaiah 25: 8, the Bible promises a time when God “will swallow up death forever.” Also, Acts 24:15 boldly states, "there is going to be a resurrection." The resurrection this verse talks about will give us the opportunity to see our lost loved ones again on Earth. I know it will be a joyous time when you can reunite with Stokes Family! I invite you to visit JW.ORG for more information on this comforting hope.
    ~ SD Clark   Hephzibah, GA