September 8, 1922 ~ January 1, 2008

Born in: Jackson Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

William Payne Cowan, 85, of Asheville, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 1, 2008, at John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center. A native of Jackson Co., he was the son of the late Harrison Taylor and Eva Gribble Cowan. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Harrison T. Cowan, Jr., and four sisters, Ethel Mae Cowan Muse, Lola Bell Cowan Rickman, Annie Ruth Cowan Swanger and Bertie Lee Cowan Muse. Mr. Cowan was a U.S. Army WW II veteran, a member of Inanda Baptist Church, where he served for many years as Chairman of the Deacons and Sunday School teacher. He was a retired salesman for Standard Coffee Company as well as a material handler for Square D Company. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Frances Jackson Cowan; two daughters, Judy Patton of Marion and Marie Jackson of Lorton, VA; two sisters, Eva Bethel Eckels of Venice, FL and Mary Rose Hartsell of Hampton, VA; and six grandchildren, Chad and Matthew Jackson and Christina, Michael, Katie and Ben Patton. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with Revs. Charles Shelton, Terry House and Claude Surrett officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Inanda Baptist Church, 590 Brevard Rd. Asheville, NC 28806 or Gideons International, P.O. Box 1007 Asheville, NC 28802.

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  1. Molly, Judy and Marie: So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. We always enjoyed seeing and talking with him whenever we could. May the Lord be with you and strengthen you in the coming days.

  2. Frances, We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our thoughts are with your family during this time. May God bless and Keep you in his loving arms during this difficult time.

  3. Dear Mrs. Cowan, Judy, Marie and family,

    Though we did not know Mr. Cowan, we travelled the path of his illness through Judy. All of us at DSI could tell what a special husband, father, grandfather and friend he was. He was loved by many, what a great blessing.
    With love and prayers,

  4. Dear Frances and family,
    Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. Bill has such a special place in both of our hearts.Bill is a wonderful man, husband, Father, and most of all he is the Lord’s child. He is a man of great integrity and has always lived for the Lord. He is now with Him in heaven. We will so sorely miss him.
    We love you all and will be praying for the grace that you all will need and receive if left in God’s hands. We hope to see you soon.

    Ralph and Dolly Faulkner

  5. francis,judy, and marie
    I am sorry to hear of your loss.You are in my thoughts and prayer.Bill was a wonderful person.He never did mind that myself and Jimmy Davis played ‘army’ in his garden.He will be often thought of and sadly missed.Bless you all.


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