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“Coach Cowan was such a great mentor and teacher for me. He would come to our farm out in Hazlegreen and spend time in our barn doing training and...Read More »
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Rodney Cross - WI

“Such a loved man. You will always hold the love of others in your hearts. I am so sorry for your loss but there will always be great memories to...Read More »
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Peggy Wilson - Rome, NY

“Theresa, and family, We are so sorry for your loss, Tom certainly fought hard to live. May blessings be on you all. ”
3 of 100+ | Posted by: Rose Ann & Harold Vincent - WV

“Coach Cowan taught me to drive in High School. He was a wonderful man and teacher and will be missed. ”
4 of 100+ | Posted by: Georgette Szeliga Plaugher - WV

“Another bright star in the heavens.Praying for your comfort in this time of loss. ”
5 of 100+ | Posted by: Bill and Carla Farrell - MCCOMB, MS

“Theresa and family, I am so very sorry that the battle of that awful disease has taken Tom from this world. You are in my prayer for divine support. ...Read More »
6 of 100+ | Posted by: karen hudkins morgan - bridgeport, WV

“My thoughts and prayers are with you , ”
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda Barnette - parkersburg, WV

“The Cowan Family, we want to express our sympathy on your loss and to let you know we are keeping you in our prayers ”
8 of 100+ | Posted by: Bill Sheckler - Malvern

“Andrew & family - Very sorry to hear your loss. ”
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Brad Geduldig - Brecksville, OH

“Those who truly impact our lives leave us with peace, fond memories and an inner strength to go on. (I know this to be true) Cowan family and all who...Read More »
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Jan (Devereux) Lassiter - FL

“You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May you find comfort in the Lord knowing that he is no longer suffering. ”
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Liz and Mike Goff, Melanie and Shawn Topper - WV

“So very sorry for your loss. Greg, Lou Ann, Lucas, Brady ”
12 of 100+ | Posted by: Greg Henger - WV

“Rest well now, Tommy. You brought a special light to this world. Theresa, Andrew, and Ashley - I pray you find peace in this difficult time. ...Read More »
13 of 100+ | Posted by: Cindy Kelley - WV

“Coach Cowan, You brought joy in all of our hearts and made us feel that we were great in whatever we did. No more suffering and no more pain. As...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Brett Ridgway - Parkersburg, WV

“Although I never had Mr. Cowan as a coach, I remember as the VP at RCHS. He was an excellent role model, which carried on through his coaching. He...Read More »
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Stephanie Adams-Cunningham - WV

“Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. ”
16 of 100+ | Posted by: Cheryl Ridgway - Parkersburg, WV

“We are so sorry to hear of your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. He was a very nice man.May god bless you all. ”
17 of 100+ | Posted by: Dana & Stacey MInor & Family - WV

“My thoughts are with your family. ”
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Mandy Meeks - Morgantown, WV

“So sorry to hear of Tommy's passing. I remember what a nice person he was when we were all in high school. My prayers go out to Teresa and the...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: Robin Mihlbauer Snider - WV

“So sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man and principal. It didn't matter if I was in his office for something good or something bad he always an...Read More »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Shawna Rollins-Torres - IL

“I will miss Tom's phone calls to me. He always had words of encouragement for me even in the face of his own illness. He never wanted to talk about...Read More »
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Rodney Watson - Elizabeth, WV

“Cowan Family, Sorry for your loss. Tom will be missed at the Smithville Post Office. He is in a better place now with no pain and suffering. I was...Read More »
22 of 100+ | Posted by: Nancy Hoffman - Harrisville, WV

“Theresa and family: I am so sorry to hear about Tom. I pray the Lord will keep and comfort you in this time of sorrow. We will keep you all in our...Read More »
23 of 100+ | Posted by: Sally Riggs Barnhart - WV

“So sorry i can't be with you all today but i am there in spirt asking God to wrap his arms around all of you and hold you all up today . May he bless...Read More »
24 of 100+ | Posted by: Ella Reed - Harrisville, WV

“Dear Theresa, Andrew, Ashley and Families, We were so sorry to hear of Tommy's decline in health and his passing away. We have been praying...Read More »
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Ernie and Monoka Brown

“Cowan Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in the love, prayers and support of your friends and family. May God be...Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Andrea and Buddy Hodge - WV

“Dear Cowan Family, We are very sorry to hear of Tom's passing and of the battle that he endured. May you find some measure of comfort in the...Read More »
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Jim and Christa Smith - Pennsboro, WV

“Theresa, Andrew and Ashley, Sending special thoughts and prayers to you and your entire family, the world was a better place thanks to Tommy Cowan....Read More »
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Cris Langford-DePriest - FL

“I would like to send my sincere sympathy to the entire Cowan family. ”
29 of 100+ | Posted by: Freda Hatfield Stotts - WV

“Sharing in your sorrow at the loss of someone so special. ”
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda Kemper - Pennsboro, WV

“Today we mourn the loss of a very good man....Threasa, Andrew and Ashley words cannot express the loss Tommy will mean to you and your families. God...Read More »
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Larry and Mary Foster - WV

“Cowan Family, Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow. He will live forever within our hearts! ”
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Rick & Renee Harkness - WV

“We want to express our sincere condolences to Teresa and the boys and their families. Tom was a very special person and we will miss him very much....Read More »
33 of 100+ | Posted by: Connie Badgett - Orma, WV

“The Ritchie County community lost one of its best. Tommy Cowan was a role model for so many people and he probably never knew it. He just led by...Read More »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: Nick Tichnell - Uniontown, PA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please accept our condolences. Tommy was loved by his students, collegues, friends, and family. ”
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Nancy Smith - Gaston, SC

“We are very sorry for your loss. Coach was a great teacher and mentor.He will always be remembered. The Hendricksons ”
36 of 100+ | Posted by: Joe & Pam Hendrickson - Cairo, WV

“Thoughs and Prayers to Couch Cowan and family. HHS 80 ”
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Randy Jenkins - Vienna, WV

“I am very sorry of the passing of Tommy. I appreciated Tommy and his concern for the staff at Ritchie County High School while he served as an...Read More »
38 of 100+ | Posted by: Steven N. Kaufmn - Bellevillle, WV

“Theresa, Andrew and Ashley, My heart is heavy to learn of Coach's passing. I pray angels are sent to comfort all of you during this time and the...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Steph Linville Kennedy

“Theresa, Our deepest sympathey to you and your family in the loss of Tommy. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. God bless. ”
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Jane & Joe Eisenbeis - Roanoke, WV

“We are so sorry to learn of Tom's passing. As was stated he fought the good fight....now he is at rest....but many will miss him. ”
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Ray & Sandra Harper - Cairo, WV

“it's never easy to loose a loved one..my prayers is with whole family..he's in heaven shining down...god bless each one you. ”
42 of 100+ | Posted by: kathy haught mcdonald - WV

“My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you, specially you Andrew, I remember when my mom died you were there for me and my family and...Read More »
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Geniva Diane Carpenter - WV

“My prayers are with YOU Andrew and your family. Stacy Scott Barkley ”
44 of 100+ | Posted by: stacy Scott Barkley - clarksburg, WV

“So very sorry for your loss. May God be with the family now and always. ”
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Lavada Williamson - Smithville, WV

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Tom Cowan. He will never be forgotten. Rest Easy! ”
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Whitney Beck-Eastham - Tollgate, WV

“Thoughts and prayers to the entire family! ”
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Caleb Beck - Cass City, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
48 of 100+ | Posted by: James and Kari Simons - CO

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God give you strength, peace and comfort today and in the days to come ”
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Edie Burton - Harrisville, WV

“Andrew and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was an amazing person and he touched so many of us. He will be greatly missed. You and your...Read More »
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Jessica (Potts) Peterein - IL

“Tom was an inspiration to a lot of us god bless ”
51 of 100+ | Posted by: Ronnie Haddox - Cairo, WV

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. ”
52 of 100+ | Posted by: Joyce Jarrell-Hicks - Elizabeth, WV

“r.i.p mr.cowan ”
53 of 100+ | Posted by: jeremy broce - belmont, WV

“My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. An awesome man he was always an inspiration to me. A man who truly touched many lives with...Read More »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Victor Kevin Vincent - WV

“Dear Cowan Family, So sorry for your loss, we went thru the same thing in 2004 when our Tom lost his battle to brain cancer. Our prayers are with...Read More »
55 of 100+ | Posted by: Sherry Justice Kerby - WV

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God give you strength, peace and comfort today and in the days to come. ”
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Arletta Elder - Washington, WV

“My thoughts are with you and you will be in my prayers. ”
57 of 100+ | Posted by: Alice Ullum - Grantsville, WV

“Our condolences to the Cowan family. ”
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Patrick & Peggy Boyles - St.Marys, WV

“I send my condolences. Coach Cowan taught us many things about sports, but most important he taught us about life. He taught us to never give up and...Read More »
59 of 100+ | Posted by: Jeremy Barnes - Ellenboro, WV

“My thought and prayers are with you all. He was a great person and will be missed buy so many. Will never forget him. ”
60 of 100+ | Posted by: Marsha Junkins Lowther - WV

“Thoughts and prayers are with you. "Coach" was a big influence and touched a lot of young lives. He has always had great respect from those that...Read More »
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Kevin Goff - Paden City, WV

“My thoughts and prayers are with You, You will be sadly missed. Rest in peace ”
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Mickey Wilson - Ashland, VA

“You all are in our thoughts in prayers. We are here if you need anything at all. ”
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Dwayne and Ashley McElroy - WV

“My thoughts are with sooo many today and the days to come. Ritchie County has lost a great man and may he rest in peace. ”
64 of 100+ | Posted by: Jennifer Nutter - Pennsboro, WV

“"RIDE OUT YOUR STORM, cause GODS right here with you." ........my little boy Trayton goes to St Lukes Preschool and they came to your house and sang...Read More »
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Erika Hall - Ellenboro, WV

66 of 100+ | Posted by: SUE SIMMONS - LEXINGTON,, KY

“Theresa and family - My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Thrive on the memories and know that Tom was loved so much by...Read More »
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Nedra Riggins - pennsboro, WV

“Thanks for all that you shared, taught and gave to so many of us. What a pleasure it was to have know you. God Bless You Coach! ”
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Deena Kelley Howey - Indianapolis, IN

“Dear Cowan Family, I am honored to have known Tommy Cowan. He was such a wonderful man who I enjoyed having as a Principal and then later...Read More »
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Debbie White - Pennsboro, WV

“My thoughts are with you all . So sorry for your loss. Tom was a good man, coach,teacher,principal, & role model to everyone. ”
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Jim Ramsey & Alicia Tate-Ramsey - WV

“So sorry for your loss. Thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. ”
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa - Ellenboro, WV

“Theresa, I am so very saddened by your loss. I know that it has been a hard and long 9 years, and that Tommy never gave up. Please know that you, as...Read More »
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Teresa D Jones Park Drive Pennsboro WV - WV

“Thoughts and prayers will be with you. Will always remember Tommy as a sweet and caring person. What a wonderful person he was. Will always love...Read More »
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Cindy Varner Johnson - PA

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and the residents of Ritchie Co. He will be sadly missed by so many. ”
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Cynthia Damron - West Union, WV

“Kaydean As a mother and long time friend I cannot imagine how you feel. My own son is just 1 year younger with a Feb. birth date also. Ron is...Read More »
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Ann Mayhew - Mineral Wells, WV

“A good man and great coach. He touched the lives of many of us students. I'm sorry for your loss Tom was a great man. ”
76 of 100+ | Posted by: kristen - pennsboro, WV

“Theresa and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I feel very blessed to have had Coach Cowan as a role model, teacher and a positive influence in...Read More »
77 of 100+ | Posted by: Jason Hannah - Cairo, WV

“So sorry for the loss of a great man. ”
78 of 100+ | Posted by: johnny vogt - ft. worth, TX

“I first got to know Tom when I was going to the Glenville State College Football Camp. He would help out since he was playing there. Enjoyed...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Mark Martin - Charleston, WV

“Theresa and family, Deepest sympathy in your time of loss. ”
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Letha - Harrisville, WV

“Theresa, I am so very saddened by your loss. I know that it has been a hard and long 9 years, and that Tommy never gave up. Please know that you, as...Read More »
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Ellie Blankenship - Harrisville, WV

“I am very sorry for you loss Cowan Family, Coach Cowan will always be in my good memories, as I am sure he will always be in yours, GOD Bless You All! ”
82 of 100+ | Posted by: Thomas O. Morris - Shinnston, WV

“Theresa and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Coach was a wonderful man. You're in my thoughts and prayers. ”
83 of 100+ | Posted by: Sheena Swisher-Pettit - Elizabeth, WV

“Katie & Family, Sorry for your loss, but rejoice because he will no longer suffer. I will be praying for you. Love, Shonda Hicks ”
84 of 100+ | Posted by: Shonda Hicks - Weston, WV

“Coach Cowan was one of the best men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.You will be missed by all that had the pleasure of meeting you. My...Read More »
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Ryan Perkins - Charlotte, NC

“So sorry for your loss ”
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Valerie and Tommy Collins - WV

“Theresa & family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time in your lives. ”
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Marvin & Melinda Brohard & family - WV

“Dear Theresa, On behalf of the West Virginia RN Board I want to extend sincere condolences to you and your family during your time of loss. ...Read More »
88 of 100+ | Posted by: Laura Rhodes - Charleston, WV

“Coach Cowan was a wonderful man. He will be greatly missed. He is in Heaven with no more pain and suffering. May God be with you during this...Read More »
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Rusty, Angel and Travis Richards - WV

“So sorry to here of Toms passing I uplift you all in my prayers to give you great comfort at this sad time in your lives.He was a wonderful person...Read More »
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Janet(Grimes)Edwards - WV

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time. ”
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Jeff, Heather & Taylor Mace - WV

“Tommy Cowan was one of the greatest men I was ever blessed to have known. He was dedicated to his job, caring, devoted to his family, and a natural...Read More »
92 of 100+ | Posted by: Amanda Collins (Simmons) - WV

“So sorry to hear of Coach's passing. He was a wonderful man who touched so many lives of students and friends. He will be missed. Sending prayers...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Connie Harris - Hotchkiss, CO

“Theresa and Family, I was saddened to learn this morning that Tommy had lost the fight. Please except my deepest sympathy at what I know is a very...Read More »
94 of 100+ | Posted by: C.W. and Sharon Campbell - GA

“Tom will be missed Greatly but he lives on in the Hearts of anyone who has ever had the pleasure to meet him. Our Love an Prayers Go out to You ”
95 of 100+ | Posted by: Bryan Ring

“Prayers for the entire family during this very difficult time. Coach Cowan was a great man and the Ritchie County community won't be the same...Read More »
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Dawna Hardbarger Taylor, HHS Class of '83 - WV

“Know that the Lord has welcomed your loved one into His home in Heaven. Keeping you in our prayers, ”
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Charles, Michelle and Olivia McCroskey - WV

“Tom has been a life long friend. I am proud that he followed me at Harrisville High School.I know Heaven is a better place to have Tom. My prayers...Read More »
98 of 100+ | Posted by: Steve Buffington - Elk City, OK

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Tommy was truly one of God's angels. He touched so many people in his short time at...Read More »
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Randy, Jan, Spencer, Preston Willett - WV

“Theresa,Speedy,Ada and Family- I was so sorry to hear of Tommy's passing. I haven't seen you in years but I can still see his smile and hear his...Read More »
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Shelly Reed Winans - St. Marys, WV

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Thomas F. Cowan, 55, of Harrisville, lost a nine year war against brain cancer on January 5, 2012 at his residence. Tom was born Feb. 9, 1956 in Parkersburg, WV, the son of the late Dennis M. Cowan and Kaydean Bush Cowan of Shallotte, NC. He graduated from Harrisville High School in 1974 being a standout athlete and four year letterman. He played football at Glenville State College where he received his BA degree in education, and then earned his graduate degree from West Virginia University. He was a retired principal and coach from Ritchie County High School where he taught and coached for 28 years. He was inducted into the Mid Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame. Tom was a member of Smithville Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Theresa Riggs Cowan; two sons, Andrew T. Cowan (Shannon) of Harrisville, and Ashley P. Cowan (Penny) of Dover, OH; grandchildren, Atley Cowan, Sawyer Cowan and Kale Cowan; sister, Kathy Henderson, of Shallotte, NC; father and mother-in-law, Speedy and Ada Riggs of Chevaudefrise; and many family members, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews, all he held close to his heart. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Danny Lee Cowan. Memorial services will be held at 5 PM, Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Ritchie County High School, Ellenboro, WV, with Rev. Ken Heiney and Rev. John Frum officiating. Friends may visit at the high school from 1-5 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to: Tom Cowan Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o West Union Bank, 201 E. Main St., Harrisville, WV 26362. Arrangements by Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville

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