OBITUARY

Norris Sylvester Cowan

April 21, 1928November 28, 2020
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Born in Moss Point, MS, Norris grew up with a family of two older brothers, six older sisters and two younger sisters. This large family struggled financially during the Great Depression just as many other families of that time, but a strong Christian faith and love for each other gave Norris a sense of stability as he grew up. After graduating from high school, Norris attended Tuskegee University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree. Upon graduating from Tuskegee, he taught school for two years in Moss Point and then was called to active duty in the United States Air Force. His Air Force career spanned twenty years, including tours in Germany, France, and Vietnam. Norris retired from the Air Force in 1972 and continued to reside in Aurora, CO, where he had been stationed. Upon retirement from the Air Force, Norris joined Bank Western as a branch manager and first vice president. He retired from Bank Western in 1987 and then took a position as realtor with Ken Rice Associates. A third retirement occurred in 2006. Norris’ life in Aurora gave him opportunities to become involved in the life of the city as a concerned and active citizen. He was instrumental in helping to raise money for the establishment of the YMCA in Aurora. He helped to form the Boys and Girls Club in North Aurora and that organization remained very dear to him. Norris was a member of the Aurora Kiwanis Club until its demise and while a member he worked diligently helping with the humanitarian and civic programs of that club. Norris is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, a brotherhood that works to improve academic excellence in African American male students and the betterment of African American families. Norris has been a member of this fraternity for more than fifty years. Norris was a founding member of Citizens Concerned About Minorities in Aurora (CCAMA). This organization was formed to respond to the perceived instances of racial discrimination in this city. In 1983, Norris was recognized for his civic activities by being named Man of the Year by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. In 1983, Norris joined Parkview Church. He has served as moderator and sang in the choir. He had great fun with a church auction some years ago. After the death of beloved Pastor John Thomas, Norris helped to establish the Thomas Foundation. This was a work of love for Norris and it was with regret that he had to discontinue his participation in this organization. Norris was married to his wife Artimese for 67 years. They have four children Denise (Bill) Hubbell, Dale (Jane) Cowan, Dawn (Lance) Frazier, and Dina (Frank) Berta; seven grandchildren, Meghan, Adrian (Jamie), Paige, Gillian, Lance Jr. (Tonia), Chloe (Christian) and Dorian, and four great-grandchildren, Liyah, Lexie, Laila, and Cade. Their son Dean passed away in 2011.

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  • Graveside Service

    Monday, December 14, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, May 16, 2021

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Valerie Green

December 11, 2020

I am sending my love and prayers to the late Norris S.Cowan my great uncle’s family from his sister Norma Jean Green (Cowan) family we love you

Mark Shelton

December 10, 2020

An impactful and well live life. Thank you for your kindness, understanding, and advice. Gods' Speed Norris.

Steve Young

December 6, 2020

The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for Mr. Cowan's service to our country in the Air Force. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley AFB RAO

Karen Harris-Aluise

December 4, 2020

I have very fond memories of Norris “Skeet”, who played an instrumental role in both my childhood and my banking career.

I am proud to call the Cowans close family friends. Art was my beloved 1st Grade teacher at Crawford Elementary, where my mother also worked, and it is there they became fast friends. Many FAC (Friday Afternoon Club) events were held in the basement of my childhood home, as it was directly across the street from the school. During those years, Skeet enthusiastically taught me how to do the “bump” and many other important dance moves of the time. I can hear his contagious laugh still to this day!

Skeet was a kind and giving soul. He sold (gave) me my first car when I was 16 for $50. He also gave me my first ‘real’ job at 19 as a teller at Bank Western, a start to a career in Banking that lasted over 30 years. I will never forget him walking the teller line at the end of each day asking, “Do we have any Super Tellers today? Who’s going to balance their drawer perfectly tonight?” He taught me alot about the kind of manager I wanted to be.

I believe the true legacy of a man can be told in the fond memories and stories of those whose lives he has touched. Norris “Skeet” Cowan was a gem of a man who touched my life and will forever hold a special place in my heart.

May God bless and comfort you Art and your wonderful children in your time of grief.

With much Love,

Karen (Harris) Aluise

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