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Charles "Charlie" DeHart Cowan


April 12, 2018

Charles “Charlie” DeHart Cowan was welcomed home by his Lord and Savior, April 8, 2018, after a long battle with dementia.

He was born to William Hamilton Cowan and Georgia Zada Cowan, Oct. 19, 1922, in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sue Cowan Freeman; brothers, William H. Cowan Jr. and Donald P. Cowan; and cousin, Jeanne Cowan Boatman.

As a young teen, he made the most important decision of his life when he accepted Jesus as his Savior. He graduated from Liberty High School with top honors at the age of 16 and attended William Jewel College from 1939-1940. From 1942-1943, he taught for the Army at Georgia Tech. He then enlisted in the Merchant Marines during World War II, working as a radio operator.

In 1946 he attended Kansas State College, but changed course and went to Bob Jones University, where he graduated magna cum laude, with a B.A. in religion in 1950. It was there that he met the love of his life, Barbara (Barbie) Jones, and where they were married on June 3, 1950. They moved to Charleston, S.C., after he was called to serve in the United States Navy, during the Korean Conflict.

Returning to Kansas, he earned a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1954 and went to work for Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1960, he moved to Ames, Iowa, where he taught electrical engineering at Iowa State University and earned his M.S. in 1962. He would later go on to earn a Ph.D. in electrical engineering.

They raised three children in Ames, which was one of his biggest joys. He was an active member of Campus Baptist Church, leading the congregation in music and conducting the choir.

He retired in 1987 and moved to Brevard, where he volunteered for the forest service, was president and treasurer on the HOA board for Waterford Place, and he and Barbara served and supported Bethany Baptist Church. In 2012, they moved to Indianapolis until the Lord took him “Home.”

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Barbara Jones Cowan; son, Douglas O’Dell Cowan; daughters, Rebecca Jean Cowan (John Mankey), and Deborah (Daniel) Davenport; grandchildren, Jonathan (Brandi) Mankey, Miranda (Matthew) Wickman, Joel (Rachael) Davenport, Oksana (Caleb) Hoag, and Stephen L. Davenport; and three great-grandchildren, Logan and Cameron Wickman and Layna Rae Mankey.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2018, at Bethany Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to the service.

Interment will be at Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory, with military rites provided by the U.S. Navy and the Transyl-vania County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethany Baptist Church, 135 Bert Lane, Brevard, or The Wilds Christian Camp, 1000 Wilds Ridge Road, Brevard.

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Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations is serving the family.


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