As Dodge County reels from a double-homicide in their rural community, people are sharing thoughts about the slain couple.
Wendell and Jain Williams were found dead in their home Wednesday morning.
Evidence of foul play was discovered at 1169 Chester-Alamo Highway, Chester, and their deaths are being investigated as homicides, said Scott Whitley, special agent in charge of the GBI office in Eastman.
Wendell Williams, 65, was retired from Frito Lay, and his 60-year-old wife was a homemaker, said nephew Dennis Williams, of Gulf Port, Mississippi.
“They were both gentle people who lived out in the country and enjoyed going fishing,” Williams said.
He recalled a childhood memory of his uncle dressing up as Santa Claus for him and his brother when the family lived in Chester.
“I recognized who he was when he came in the door and my brother did not,” Williams said. “I said, ‘Uncle Wendell, what are you doing dressed up like Santa?’
“I must have been have been like 7 years old. He was like, ‘Shoosh. Shoosh. Don’t let your brother know.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ ”
Wendell Williams was a graduate of Northside High School in Warner Robins, his nephew said.
Sandra Williams of Twiggs County, whose husband is Wendell Williams' first cousin, said the family doesn't understand why this happened.
"They were kind," Williams texted The Telegraph. "They would never hurt anyone. Both would give you the shirt off their back."
The couple often talked about their church and the Bible, Sandra Williams said.
When Sandra Williams' sister was murdered in 2013, they visited her.
"Wendell would always check on me to see how I was," she said.
Wendell Williams apparently also worked as a lead fabrication operator at Lithonia Lighting before he fully retired, according to his Facebook page. Jain Williams did not list any information about herself on her Facebook page.
The GBI has not released how the couple was killed. Their bodies have been sent to a GBI crime late for an autopsy.
A neighbor had not seen the couple for a few days, called 911 and asked for a Dodge County sheriff's deputy to do a welfare check.
A deputy found their bodies about 8:45 a.m.
The sheriff's office asked the GBI to investigate.