Service: Riverside National Cemetery Friday June 14, @ 1:15pm 22495 Van Buren Ave. Riverside CA 92518
James Cornelius Cowan was born on June 28, 1929 to the late George and Willie Thomas Cowan in North Little Rock, AR. He departed this life on May 30, 2013 at 1:49pm.
He joined the Bethel AME Church in Conway, AR at an early age. He served as a Sunday school teacher and held several other positions as he grew in the church.
His father, mother, brothers, William, Leon, Charles, and sister, Lurlene Cowan Owens, preceded James in death.
His early education began in Conway, AR public schools. He attended two years at AM & N College in Pine Bluff, AR, (now UAPB). James furthered his education in California, attending Los Angeles City College. He received his Master of Science Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA. His Doctor of Philosophy Management was from California Coast University, Santa Ana, CA.
He became a Mason in his early years.
He joined the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity while attending AM & N College.
He served the US Army from 1953 and was honorably discharged in 1960.
On August 8, 1950, he married Elnora Aileen Mattison and three children were born to this union, John Frederick, Evelyn Dianne Cowan English and Kathryn Dianne. Steve M. English is a devoted and loving son-in-law with a gift to him of two grandchildren, Christiana Aileen English Schenck (Justin Lemar Schenck) and Alexandria Nicole English.
He leaves his wife, his children, his son-in-law, his grandchildren and great grandson, Justin Lemar Schenck Jr., one brother, Harold V. Cowan (Jewel) of Harbor City, CA and many nieces and nephews.