Joel Shane Cowan, January 16, 1969~February 22, 2015

Cowan for PaperJoel Shane Cowan, 46, of Elkins died Sunday, February 22, 2015 in Elkins.  He was born January 16, 1969 in Fayetteville to Kenneth and Erma Cowan.

He grew up in Fayetteville; moved to Elkins in 2009; was an auto mechanic; a member of Crossroads Community Church; and had a passion for hunting and the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Karna Cowan of the home; two sons, Ken Cowan of Bella Vista; and Allen Cowan of Elkins; daughter, Katie Cowan of Elkins; five sisters, Miki Mudine of Bentonville; Elisha Field of Golden, MO.; Nancy Love of Bentonville; Brenda Burgess of Cave Springs; and Velda Sturdivant of West Fork; brother, Aaron Berner of Hiwasse; his biological mother, Barbara French of Bentonville; daughter-in-law, Danielle Cowan of Juneau, AK.; and granddaughter, Serenity Cowan of Juneau, AK.;  many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Beard’s Chapel with Rocky Bell officiating.  Interment will be in Baptist Ford Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the funeral home.




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    Amy Dottley Helms » 24. Feb, 2015

    Sorry to hear this. I always liked Shane. Prayers for the family. Rest in peace. XOXO

    Nancy McWilliams » 24. Feb, 2015

    Brenda, my prayer for you and your family is that you will find peace and comfort in the days to come.
    This is the saddest of goodbyes, I know your heart is broken, remember there are many who love you and are here for you when you need. Take hope in that Shane was in the arms of the Angels when he crossed over into heaven, I know this without a shadow of doubt because I believe so strongly in Gods grace and love.
    Much love , Nancy Mc

    Brandon Napier » 24. Feb, 2015

    Life just will not be the same without you “Spanky!!” We grew up from our days at Bates to FHS. You were always a good person. I hope that you find peace and comfort with your Parents and with God. I’ll miss you Brother. Thank you for allowing me in your life.


    Tim and Koleen Downing » 24. Feb, 2015

    Allen we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts go out to you and your family at this difficult time. We are here if you need us. Tim and Koleen Downing

    Tammy Grammer Morris » 24. Feb, 2015

    I am so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers. Most sincerely,

    waylen » 24. Feb, 2015

    Rest Easy Old Friend

    Name » 25. Feb, 2015

    We called him “Spanky” in high school. It was a good guy. Prayers to the family.

    Carol Pollock » 25. Feb, 2015

    Sorry to hear about your husband’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family during this time.

    Billy Edens » 25. Feb, 2015

    “Spanky” and I went to high school together… hit it off immediately due to our similar mischievous pranks. We crossed paths many times over the years, always spending more than a while laughing at our past hijinks. Sharp as a tack and always fun to be around, Im going to miss my friend terribly. If theres a muddy road in Heaven ole Spank is probably stuck in it right now entertaining the masses while winching it out. Thanks for being a friend

    Lisa McCormick » 25. Feb, 2015

    Karna, Katie , Allen , Ken I am sorry for your loss each and everyone of you are in my thoughts and prayers love you all

    The Ford Family » 25. Feb, 2015

    Our dearest sympathy to his family, and those who loved him. He was a great friend, funny, and always had a smile on his face, even when you knew he shouldnt. Shane will be missed by our family, Goodbye old friend, May you rest in peace.

    Maria Zamarripa » 25. Feb, 2015

    Karna , katie , allen , allen, am sorry to hear about your lost.
    Karna i pray that god will give you the strenght and courage to overcome all of this and give you cerenity to accept god will. I send you this poem that i used when my mom passed away and it has gaven me what i need in god name AMEN! R.I.P Shane Cowan

    To Those I Love & Those Who Love Me When I Am Gone, Release me, let me go. I have so many things to see and do. You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears, be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love and you can only guess, how many you gave me in happiness. I thank you for the love you have each shown, but now its time I traveled on alone . So grieve awhile for me , if grieve you must , then let your grief be comforted by trust. Its only for a while that we must part, so bless the memories within your heart. I wont be far away, for life goes on , so if you need me call me and i will come. Through you cant see or touch me, ill be near. And if you listen with heart , you’ll hear my love around you soft and clear. And then , when you must come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a smile and say, “Welcome Home.”

    Sally & Robert Hoffman » 25. Feb, 2015

    Karna, Katie, Allen, and Ken, you are in our hearts and prayers. You are all strong and will get through this, but I know that doesn’t ease your pain. We love you and are here for you.

    Carma Nicholson » 25. Feb, 2015

    You were such a sweet person with a gentle spirit…Heaven has gained an angel; we know you wouldn’t trade places with us now even if you could. My prayer is with your family for strength and understanding during this time. Rest in love my friend, you will be missed.

    Sally Thomas » 26. Feb, 2015

    I went to school with Shane..aka “Spanky”. We met at Ramay and from the time I met Shane..to the last time I saw him…he was Always the Sweetest Guy. Didn’t matter where he saw me…he Always took time to chat with me..and He Always had a Huge Smile on his face!!! I am going to miss you, our dear friend!!
    May you Rest In Peace Shane…till We Meet Again!!!

    Gayle Green » 26. Feb, 2015

    I,am sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers

    Gary » 26. Feb, 2015

    R.I.P. Shane – “Did you see the size of that chicken?”

    Mike McBride » 27. Feb, 2015

    RIP “Spanky” Holy Smokes the things we would get into way back when…You will always be remembered as a great friend and will be missed.