Charles E Cowan

October 24, 1949 ~ March 3, 2020 (age 70)


Charles Edward Cowan, 70, was born on October 24, 1949 to the late Tom and Mary Lee Green-Cowan in Ripley, MS. He departed his earthly life on March 3, 2020 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Ms.

Charles professed a hope in Christ at an early age and united with Moses Chapel UMC. He later joined St. Paul CME Church in Ripley, MS where he was a faithful and devoted member. Charles attended Line Street Elementary and Line Street Consolidated High School. He graduated from Ripley High School in 1969. After graduating high school, he immediately joined the U.S. Army. Also, he attended Northeast Mississippi Community College and graduated from Rust College.

On February 8, 1974, Charles married Allene Sanders-Cowan and two children were born to this union; Charles G. Cowan and Cedric G. Cowan.

He leaves to cherish his memories: wife, Allene Cowan; three sons: Charles Gallando (Jeannie) Cowan and Cedric Gerardo (Jennifer) Cowan both of Ripley, MS, and Antwan Carter of LA; daughter, Michelle Carter of New Albany, MS; two sisters: Virginia Smith and Mary McBee of Milwaukee, WI; three brothers: Thomas R. (Louise) Cowan of Potts Camp, MS, Ricky (Vanessa) Cowan of Ripley, MS and Clem (Michelle) Cowan of Hattiesburg, MS; sisters-in-laws: Shirley Sanders of Batesville, MS, Birdie Rutherford and Jewelene Garner of Hickory Flat, MS and Reola (Robert) of Grand Rapids, MI; brother-in-law: James Howard Sanders of Grand Rapids, MI; thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Tom and Mary Lee Green-Cowan; twin brother, Charlie; brothers, James Monroe and Collin; and sister, Mary Bernice. 

Visitation will be held Friday, March 13, 2020 from 12:00 noon-8:00 pm at Foster and Son Funeral Home in Ripley, MS. Service will be held Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm at St. Paul UMC in Ripley, MS. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service. Interment will follow at National Cemetery in Corinth, MS. To view and sign the guest registry, please visit

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March 13, 2020

12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Foster and Son Chapel
601 S. Line St
Ripley, MS 38663

Funeral Service
March 14, 2020

3:00 PM
St. Paul United Methodist Church
502 Ashland Rd
Ripley, MS 38663

Interment following funeral service
March 14, 2020

National Cemetery, Corinth

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