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Celebrating the life of

Jack Cowan

June 02, 1935 - October 13, 2021

Jack Cowan

Jack Cowan, 86, died Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Candler Hospital.

The lifelong resident of Savannah was the son of the late Richard and Inez Mingledorff Cowan. 

Officially the third member to join, Jack was a longtime member of Skidaway Island United Methodist Church. He was an avid athlete that built his own in-home gym. Just prior to his death, Jack continued to use his gym and three times a week would run five flights of stairs. He was instrumental in starting the University of Georgia Men’s Gymnastics Team, where he served as captain.

Jack began working as an apprentice at CSX Railroad when the railroad was originally steam engines.  Over the years and through hard work, Jack became an engineer, a position he held for more than 60 years before retiring. Jack also served as Local Chairman for CSX Transportation and was a member of Zerubbabel Lodge, No. 15 in Savannah.

Jack leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife, Brenda Hallman Cowan of Savannah; three children, Daniel Cowan of Atlanta, Angela Cowan of Tampa Bay, FL, and Rachel Cowan Stubbs of Savannah; two sisters, Miriam Specht of Atlanta, and Mary Alice Marshall of Richmond Hill; and several granchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021 in Bonaventure Cemetery with Rev. Jim Giddens officiating. 


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Jack was a pleasure to work with and always good for his unique humor…..he will be missed.

- Ed Cope, Savannah , Ga.

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Lighting a candle in honor of my Daddy ♥️

- Rachel Stubbs, Savannah , Georgia

A candle has been lit!

Lighting a candle in honor of my Daddy ♥️

- Rachel Stubbs, Savannah , Georgia

Our condolences to Aunt Brenda and everyone in Uncle Jack's family. He was one of a kind and I have many many fond memories of him, his humor was very special, and what a personality! God bless.

- Andrew and Clare Lindsey, Kennesaw, GA

My dearest Brenda, Rachel, Daniel & Angela, I am sorry for your loss. I know that through the last decade, your family has leaned on Jack, loved him and his passing will take some time to hurt less. To the grandchildren, who loved him so much, remind them of all the good memories. Rusty, I know that like always you are there for your family. Please give Brenda a special hug from me. You always give the best hugs. Know that my thoughts and especially my prayers are here for you. If there is anything I can possibly do for or with any of you, please do not hesitate to reach out. I love you all, especially because I love you so much Brenda. From the first day I ever met you, I knew you would be a really special friend, "sister" from another mother.

- JUDY C FARABAUGH, Savannah, GA

Jack was a fixture at CSX for my entire 39 year career. Always polite, great sense of humor and all around decent human. If anyone ever deserved the title "legend", it was Jack. I know his family will miss him.

- Stan Anderson, Pooler, GA

My Uncle Jack was the funniest guy out of all my Uncle's he made me laugh the most always looked forward to our visits home at Grandparents house all the grandchildren would show up there and we ate laughed talked fought cried together have great memories I love you Uncle Jack you will be missed

- Julie Lindsey Coe - Niece, Savannah, Georgia

Brenda and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jack was a wonderful man and friend. Take care of each other. Our love, Peggy, Robbie and Bryan Gardner

- peggy , robbie and bryan gardner, orlando , fl

My deepest thoughts and prayers for the Cowan family. Jack was a great and funny man. He was a loyal customer as he followed me during my automotive career. RIP!

- Gary M Fowler, SAVANNAH, GA

Dear Brenda, Jack did everything possible to be with us as long as possible. The shock and sadness will in time be turned to hope and confidence that soon Jack will awaken from the grave ,as did Lazarus. Seems that complete closure will happen when this is reversed. Jack will rejoice with the miracle of the resurrection.Isaiah 26:19 We will all be amazed after the devastation of losing your mate ,to welcome him in paradise. The impact can only be softened and your heart mended by Holy Spirit. This is the most powerful force in the universe, so you will get through this. “Enjoy Life Forever”, at JW.org will be so comforting to you, Brenda. Warm Christian Love, Sandy Wirfs

- Sandy Wirfs, Monroe,, Louisiana

My deepest condolences to the family I have many fond memories of jack from our union work

- Frank (cellon) strickland , Ocala, Fl

My deepest condolences to the family I have many fond memories of jack from our union work

- Frank (cellon) strickland , Ocala, Fl

My deepest condolences to the family I have many fond memories of jack from our union work

- Frank (cellon) strickland , Ocala, Fl

Dear Aunt Brenda, Daniel, Angela, Rachel, and Grandchildren...There are no words that will bring you comfort for the loss of such a loving husband, father, and grandfather. But I am hopeful that the long lifetime of great memories we all have of Uncle Jack will help you in your grief and be a living bridge between the past and the present. Jack Cowan was a unique and passionate man who loved his wife, his family, and his work and poured himself into everything he did without stint. He was also stubborn, loud, opinionated, and a law unto himself. I am grateful that he was an integral part of our family and of so many warm and funny memories. I will miss him. Love and prayers for you all...Diane

- Diane Welker (niece), Statesboro, Georgia

I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Cowan for the first time when I was 19 and I think Jack was on his 45th year at the railroad. He was a great Engineer and man he was funny. He taught me a lot about railroading and how to serve the men when I became a Union Local Chairman. Thankful to have known him, he is a legend, and he will be missed.

- Matt Campbell, Savannah , Georgia

Larry and I are so sorry for your loss. Ya'll are in our thoughts & prayers God will give you the strength you need to get through these hard times.

- Donna & Larry Cowart, Savannah, Ga.

My prayers have been with all of you on the loss of dear Jack. He was a light in this world, full of the Cowan spirit and humor. We will all miss him. God bless.

- Alicia Specht, Atlanta , Ga

Dearest Brenda, Angela, Daniel, and Raechel. We're so very sad to hear of Jack's death. I will always remember how very special Jack always made me feel when we were all together having fun at parties, neighbhood get togethers and Brenda's always special Christmas parties. Jack was a wonderful father, husband and mentor to my boys Paul and Chris Smurda. There will always be a smile on my face when I think of him He was a special kind soul of a man.

- Jeanie Abarca (Smurda) Fusaro, Oldsmar, Fl

Dearest Brenda, Angela, Daniel, and Raechel. We're so very sad to hear of Jack's death. I will always remember how very special Jack always made me feel when we were all together having fun at parties, neighbhood get togethers and Brenda's always special Christmas parties. Jack was a wonderful father, husband and mentor to my boys Paul and Chris Smurda. There will always be a smile on my face when I think of him He was a special kind soul of a man.

- Jeanie Abarca (Smurda) Fusaro, Oldsmar, Fl

I cannot even put into words the pain of losing you. You were my Hero all my life and don't know how to exist without you. I love everything about your words, when recuperating from the house fire I was in, you just simply said...it's the darkest hour before dawn. And walked me through the struggles of physical therapy and learning twalk again after 14 skin graphs,. You walk beside me still

- Twilay Cowan, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200