Osborne Oz "Oz" Coward

July 9, 1939December 14, 2013
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TRENTON - Osborne "Oz" Coward, 74, of Trenton, died December 14, 2013 at Vidant-Beaufort Medical Center.

He owned and operated Coward's Red & White and he retired from the Trenton Fire and Rescue. He served as Jones County Commissioner for eight years.

Oz is survived by his wife, Mary Catherine Coward, one son, Timmy Coward and wife Dana of Trenton; two daughters, Sandra Coward Dudley of Cape Carteret; Mary Ann Coward of Trenton; three brothers, A.T. Venters of Ayden; Corey Coward of Pollocksville; Mike Coward of Bath; two sisters, Ethel Batchelor of Pollocksville; Opal Hoyle of New Bern; and six grandchildren, Tiffany, Hannah, Kier, Will, Skylar and Devin.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Cotten Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Cotten Funeral Home. Burial with Fireman's honors will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital 2900 Rocky Pt. Drive, Tampa, FL 33607-1460.

Online condolences may be made to the Coward family at


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 18, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 19, 2013

Osborne Oz "Oz" Coward

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Shelton Heath

December 23, 2013

Our heartfelt prayers go out to the Oz Coward Family. Oz was a pillar in the town of Trenton and to it's People.May God's infinite Mercy and Grace be Your pillar of strength to rely on in the days ahead.Shelton and Sonja Heath

Robin Mason

December 21, 2013

I am very sorry to learn of Oz's passing. Every time I think of Oz, I recall so many fun times and enriching events that my family and I enjoyed with Oz and the entire Coward clan, especially Mary Catherine, Timmy, and Sandra. Sunday dinners, trips to the beach, boating on the river, cookouts, fish fries and stews -seems we did so many things together. Oz lived life well and fully and was always cheerful and positive. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him. -Robin

Arty Wuestman

December 20, 2013

We were very sorry to hear about the passing of Oz. Our deepest sympathy to you all. He will be missed very much by many.

You are in our prayers, The Wuestman's Arty, Yan, John, and Bob

LaShelle Jones

December 19, 2013

Mary Ann, my thoughts & prayers are with you and your family during time. I know its hard just know God makes no mistakes. Love you.

Linda Foster

December 19, 2013

Dear Mary Catherine, My prayers are with
you and your family today and the days
ahead! With love, Linda Faye Foster

December 19, 2013

To the Coward family we are sorry to hear about the loss of your love one. Our thought and prayers are with you all . To Timothy, I know its hard to lose the man in your life that means the most to you besides Jesus. My wife and I have already experienced what you are going through. If you need someone to talk to I am here.
Your Classmate, James Ervin, Jr and Family (Trenton,NC)

Bill and Linda Teal

December 19, 2013

Coward Family,
Our hearts were saddened to hear of Oz's passing. We saw him recently and got a chance to "catch up" on family and friends. He will always be remembered by us as a kind, caring, supportive, and dedicated man. What a wonderful legacy he has left for his family. We feel blessed to have known him. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

David and Maxine Adams

December 19, 2013

Mary Catherine we were so sorry to hear of the death of Oz, our prayers and sympathy are with you and the entire family.

Ann Hughes

December 18, 2013

My daddy and Oz's daddy were brothers so I am his 1st cousin. I was sadden to learn of his passing. My heart and my prayers go out to his family. May God give you peace of mind and heart.
Much love, Ann Coward Hughes & Lester Hughes

Ann Broggi

December 18, 2013

Mary Catherine, Timmy, Sandra, Mary Ann and family. I was saddened to learn of the passing of your loved one. Oz was a very special person and he will be missed.