James Cowan

James Joel Cowan

Sunday, February 18th, 1968 - Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020
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James Joel Cowan of Cookeville, Tennessee passed from this life Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

James graduated from Cookeville HS in 1986 and immediately, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years during Dessert Storm. He received a degree in Graphic Arts at Platt College in Huntington Beach, California as well as, receiving a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies at Tennessee Tech in December 2019.

James enjoyed the sea, golfing, music, motorcycle riding, smoking cigars, a good stout beer, carpentry, building things, fixing anything with a motor or electronics, sketching, camping, boating and watching movies with the family. More importantly, he enjoyed and loved his family.

He was also the rarest of birds, in that he loved shopping for bargains, with or without, his wife.

He was the son of Joel Cowan and Dorothy Medlin Cowan of Cookeville, TN.

He is survived by his wife, Dylcia (Young) Cowan of 29 years.

one son:
Hayden James Cowan, 8.

Magda Young of Cookeville, TN

1 sister:
Lisa Yvonne Neill.

1 brother:
Timothy Allen and Stephanie Cowan of Cookeville, TN

2 brother-in laws:
Mario and Oneyda of Santa Barbara, Honduras

Edward and Judeen Young, Lauderhill, FL

And a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and goddaughter.

In lieu of flowers and plants, please consider making a donation Hayden's college fund at US Bank.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 1, 2020, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and again on Sunday, August 2, 2020, from 11:00 until time of Celebration of Life service at 1:00 pm at the Crest Lawn Funeral Home.
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Terry-Park: Tillman

Posted at 03:12pm
James was a good-hearted teddy bear of a fellow, easy to like, easy to work and spend time with. He and I worked together at Shaw E&I and CB&I. We spent a lot of hours driving to remote work locations together, working together, climbing towers, conversing and sharing stories in our down time. I was saddened to hear of his passing. My heart goes out to you Dylcia, and all who will miss him.
I'll post some pictures, and hopefully a video from our tower climbing days.
God bless,
Terry Tillman

Sandy Lindeman

Posted at 11:31pm
My thoughts and prayers are with you and Hayden. I never knew James but everyone says he was a great guy. He even helped with projects for GFWC Cookeville Jrs. Love to you

Natasha Bettis

Posted at 06:11pm
This world is worse off without James Joel Cowan. He was brilliant, funny, witty and gave the best hugs. My heartfelt condolences to Dylcia, Hayden, Magda and his extensive circle of family and friends.

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