Robert Wayne Cowen

July 30, 1944January 13, 2013

The funeral for Robert Wayne Cowen, 68, of Athens will be at 2 p.m. today at McConnell Funeral Home with Brent Hawkins officiating. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery.

Visitation was from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Cowen died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at home surrounded by his family and Pastor Brent Hawkins.

Robert Cowen was married to his loving and devoted wife Shirley for 43 years. He was a wonderful uncle to many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

He retired from TVA and enjoyed being a member of First Union Baptist Church. He loved all of his family and friends. He was a U.S. Army veteran and received a Purple Heart for his service during the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leota “Sally” and Leonard Crews; brothers, Doug Crews and Jim Cowen.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Bishop Cowen of Athens; brother, William “Bud” Cowen of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; stepsisters, Debrah Burgett and husband John, Brenda Gordon and husband Dennis, Dottie Gordon and husband Larry and Helen Delrio and husband Santos, all of Athens; and stepbrothers, Danny Crews and Frankie Crews, both of Athens.

Pallbearers are B.J. Burgett, Christopher Cowen, Jacob Goff, Daniel Gordon, Lee Gordon and Ken Griffin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests an honorable donation in his memory to First Union Baptist Church, 18356 Edgewood Road, Athens, AL 35612, or hospice.


  • Visitation Monday, January 14, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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Neice & Nephew Benhams

January 22, 2013

Dear Bubble Gum Aunt Shirley--We are missing you and hoping you are doing OK. We keep thinking about you and our trip in the summer with Gram & Papaw. Grammy says she is going to be coming to Alabama sometimes so maybe we will get to come with her and play in the field with the TeePee from your neighbor. Well we love you and keep thinking about you. Davon, Trace & DeLayna

DJ Mattingly

January 20, 2013

Shirley, I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Wayne! There are a lot of great memories I have from childhood and even when I joined the Army and was at Redstone Arsenol. Everything from riding the lawnmowers and taring up your back yard, to having breakfast. I remember when we used to stay with you all when I would come downand Wayne getting up around $ imn the mourning to go to work, huim tryhing not to wake us up. He was a great man who influenced many young people for the better. I hop ethings are getting easier!
Love you all down there!
Dj and Family

Joyce Mattingly

January 17, 2013

Dear Precious Sis-We are so sorry of the passing of Wayne. However, just as you said he is no longer suffering and we know that he is with Jesus and other family members. Just hold tight to all your precious memories & the love you shared. Know others love you so very much. I know Wayne would be so proud of you with what you have handled lately. Know we are here for you and will keep you oh so very close to our hearts & always in our prayers.
I love you sweet precious sister!

Vickie Thomas

January 15, 2013

Shirley we are so sorry for your loss. Even though we will be unable to make it to the funeral please know that we are there in spirit. Sending prayers to you and the family.
Barbara, Ricky, Vickie Clymer

McConnell Funeral Home

January 14, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.