Richard Eugene "Gene" Cowan

richard cowan

August 6, 1928 ~ November 7, 2017

Resided in: Weaverville, North Carolina

Richard E. "Gene" Cowan, 89, was promoted to Heaven on November 7, 2017. Born on August 6, 1928, in Webster, NC, he was the last survivor of his parents, R.T. and Bonnie McConnell Cowan. Richard was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean War. After his time in the service, he worked for the Air Force at the Air Weather Service in Asheville as a computer programmer, later transferring to the U.S. Post Office where he retired after 36 years of service. Preceding him in death was his wife of 49 years, Virginia Jacobs Cowan. Surviving are his sons, Tom Cowan (Elaine), of Asheville, Doug Cowan (Suzanne), of Marietta, GA; and his granddaughter, Hope Cowan, of Wilmington, NC. Richard was a member of Blackmer Masonic Lodge in Weaverville and a Scottish Rite Mason. He was honored and blessed to serve his Lord and Savior as a member of First Presbyterian Church in Weaverville, doing the Lord's work there with loving Christian brothers and sisters dedicated to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 10, at Green Hills Cemetery in Asheville, led by Pastor Skip Gillikin and Rev. Al Harrell. The family requests that flowers be omitted and memorials in memory of Richard be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park Building 1, Asheville, NC 28801. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. Doug, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Continue to hold to God’s unchanging hand.

  2. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Richard. He has touched so many lives and was a very special person. He will be greatly missed by all of those who knew him. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during the sad days ahead. Know that he is rejoicing with the Lord and that you will be reunited in God’s timing and cherish the great memories that you have.

  3. Tom, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Tom, please know that you and your family are in my prayers, I didn’t know him personally, but over the years working with you I remember some of the things you shared about him and I know you will miss him.

  5. Tommy, Doug and family.
    I am shocked to fine out that Gene had been sick and gained his wings. I will try my best to be at the grave side service on Friday. I love you all.

  6. Tom, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was such a sweet and funny man. I remember some of the funny stories you’d tell about your dad. Every time I drive by Aston Park I think of him and smile. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Praying the Lord will give you peace and comfort in the coming days.

  7. Tom & Doug…You may not remember me…Eddie Walsh…I enjoyed knowing your father…he was always very friendly to me and my Dad…My sincere condolences to you and the family…

  8. Tom and Doug
    I was saddened to hear of Gene’s passing. We would always talk about ‘family’ when we saw each other. He was a good friend and cousin. I will be unable to attend his graveside service but will be praying for you for His peace to be with you.

  9. That always present BIG smile will be missed by all who knew Richard.
    I had the privilege of working with Richard at the Post Office for many years.
    Always a gentleman and friendly co-worker. Heavens gain.

  10. Tom,
    I was so saddened to hear of your Father’s passing. I didn’t know him but I
    am sure he was such a wonderful man. I am sure he felt very blessed to have you as a son. I am not able to attend the service but my thoughts and prayers are with you now and always, Penny

  11. Tom, Doug and families. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your father. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Tom, losing a parent is such a tremendously difficult loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Tom, May your memories sustain you in the days to come. Thoughts and prayers for you and yours during this time of sadness.

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