Coxon, Helen Reid Williams


Coxon, Helen Reid Williams - Born in 1899 in Liberty County, granddaughter of James Hilliard and Susan Elizabeth Lyons Williams of Warren County, North Carolina, and James Robert and Mary Johnson McDuffie of Cumberland County, North Carolina. Her father, Harry Guston Williams, married Elizabeth Ann McDuffie in 1886, and that same year migrated to Liberty County and settled in the 16th Militia District. He engaged in the lumber business and eventually owned and operated 13 sawmills.


Her siblings were Harry Guston Williams Jr. (1887-1907); Lyle Williams (1890-1981); Lillian Lacey Williams (1893-1978); Mary Fair­fax Williams, born in 1895; Elizabeth ("Bess") Williams (1897-1980), and Ruth Williams (1902-1902). Bess Williams married Walter W. Meeks of Johnson County, Georgia, and they had one child, Walter W. Meeks Jr.


Mary Fairfax Williams married Charles Farmer Hendry (1895-1947) of Hinesville and they had one child, Mary Williams Hendry. They were divorced and in 1938 she married David Starr Owen, (1883-1950), who adopted her daughter. In 1984 she was Mary Williams Owen Worth of Atlanta, Georgia. Owen was a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and graduated as an electrical engineer from North Carolina State College. He owned and operated the Liberty Pine Products Company of Allenhurst.


She was a reporter for the Savannah Evening Press for ten years before her second marriage. Helen Reid Williams mar­ried Thomas Auld Coxon (1889-1955) on May 14, 1927. He was a native of Helensboro, Scotland, a graduate of the University of Glasgow, and emigrated to America in 1912 to engage in the lumber business. They had no children. She graduated from Ludowici High School, attended Wesleyan College, and was editor and publisher of the Ludowici News for 26 years beginning in 1949, with her sister, Mary Williams Owen, as managing editor. She was a state representative in 1932, 1934, and 1936, a state senator in 1941, served for seven years on the Georgia Board of Paroles and Pardons, commencing in 1943 when it was instituted, a case worker for the Georgia Board of Public Welfare, and president of the Ludowici Parents-Teachers Association.


She is a member of the Liberty County Chapter No. 480, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and for five years was chairman of the UDC's fifth division, which encompassed 26 counties. She and her sister, Mary Williams Owen, were among the found­ing members and officers of Saint Johns Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists. The two sisters in 1986 had resided in the family home near Ludowici for many years. Helen Williams Coxon was a reporter for several newspapers in Florida and Georgia, and an outstanding civic leader in local and state groups, and a member of some of the state's most prestigious organizations. She was known all over Georgia and in the General Assembly as "The Lady from Long."


From "Sweet Land of Liberty, A History of Liberty County, Georgia" by Robert Long Groover; Page(s) 213; Used by the permission of the Liberty County Commissioners Office



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