William Morris "Billy" Gowan, Jr.

December 21, 1923May 13, 2019

William Morris “Billy” Gowan, Jr., age 95 of Jackson, passed away peacefully at Maplewood Health Care on Monday, May 13, 2019.

He was born on December 21, 1923 in Jackson, TN to the late William Morris Gowan, Sr. and Eva Lavinia Johnson Gowan. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII. He was employed by the Bemis Cotton Mill and retired from Conalco (Consolidated Aluminum). He was a longtime member of South Jackson Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Beverly Gowan Zalsman and son-in-law, Robert W. Zalsman; his sisters, Elsie Gowan Russell, Bertha Gowan Tapley and Irma Gowan Core.

He is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Gladys Hilliard Gowan of Jackson; son Dennis E. Gowan (Bethann) of Gallatin, TN; daughter, Teresa Gowan Robertson (Victor) of Medon, TN; four grandchildren, Erin Alexander (Rob) and Ann Marie Smith (Justin), Corey Mitchell, Cody Mitchell (Chrisi); two step-grandchildren, Chad Robertson (Hillary) and Nicholas Robertson (Stephanie), five step-great-grandchildren, Connor Robertson, Talon Robertson, Killian Robertson, Elijah Robertson and Lukus Robertson.

The family will receive friends and loved ones on Thursday evening, May 16, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. in the South Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons.

The funeral service will be conducted on Friday afternoon, May 17, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the South Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons with Ray Pack of South Jackson Church of Christ and Josh Cooke of North Jackson Church of Christ officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens with full military honors.


  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • The Funeral Service Friday, May 17, 2019


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Krista Hamilton

May 16, 2019

Words cannot express the love and respect I have for this wonderful man and family. I practically spent a great deal of my young life at their home. I have such wonderful memories of Mr Gowan and his family. I love them all so very much and my thoughts and prayers will be with you all during this most heartbreaking time. I would love to be there physically but will be with you in spirit. I will miss his wonderful laugh and smile. God bless this wonderful family.