OBITUARY

James Hiram Cowart

September 22, 1931August 15, 2014
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James H. (Jim) Cowart born September 22, 1931, passed away at his home on August 15, 2014. Jim Cowart was a renowned Atlanta real estate developer. Jim was a native Atlantan and one of 11 children of Benjamin and Julia Cowart. After finishing high school and serving in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict, he attended Southern Tech earning a degree in Building Construction. Jim’s career spanned over 50 years beginning in 1958 with the forming of Jim Cowart Inc. which was the start of many residential communities. His commercial development began with assembling 91 acres on I-285 which is now known as Perimeter Center and marked the beginning of Perimeter Mall. Most people do not know that Jim donated the profits from the Perimeter Center transaction to 38 area churches. This transaction began the business corridor of North Atlanta. Jim devoted most of his business expertise in North Fulton and Gwinnett County. North of the Chattahoochee Cowart developed Royal 400 for more Class A development which would later become North Point Parkway. Jim was best known for developing and marketing the most successful residential luxury communities in North Atlanta. Jim’s constant and unwavering support of the building industry was rewarded when he received the 1987 Lewis Cenker Award presented by the Atlanta Home Builders Association, the highest honor given by the organization for lifelong contribution to the home building industry. Cowart has been recognized and heralded in many other ways including the Jack Sawyer Citizen of the Year Award from Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, the Button Gwinnett Tribute from the Council for Quality Growth, the Scott Hudgens “Good and Faithful Servant Award,” from the Peachtree Christian Hospice, the Regional Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America, and Man of the Year Award from the YMCA. In 2013 Jim was awarded from the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce the Zach Henderson Citizen of the Year Award for his 50 plus years of service to the community and for his contributions which helped shape North Fulton into the thriving community that we know today. As stated by NFCC and CEO Brandon Beach “everywhere you look in North Fulton you will find Jim Cowart’s fingerprints.” There was a lot to this man called Jim Cowart. He was a giant of a man in his quiet and humble manner. His insight and his tremendous generosity have touched many facets of the Atlanta community including Peachtree Christian Hospice and Atlanta Metro YMCA with the Dunwoody Y being named “The Cowart Family YMCA”. A long time supporter of Mercer University and Life Trustee to the Mercer Board, Mercer University Chancellor Kirby Godsey stated: “Mercer University would not have an Atlanta Campus today without Jim Cowart’s help.” Bill Underwood, President of Mercer University, said of Jim, “He was such an important part of the heritage of Mercer University.” To say that Jim will be sorely missed will be an understatement. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Linda, sons, Dan Cowart (Kris), David Cowart (Britt), Ben Cowart, daughter, Cindy Burch (Bruce), stepdaughter, Michelle McKinnon (Shawn) ,20 grandchildren whom he showered with love and affection, five sisters and a brother and many cousins and friends. Visitation will be Monday, August 18, from 2-4 pm and 6-8pm at Roswell Funeral Home, 950 Mansell Road, Roswell, Ga. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, August 19, at 12:00 at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2850 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, Georgia. The family request in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mt. Pisgah Christian School, Johns Creek, Ga.; Peachtree Christian Hospice, Duluth, Ga. and Eagle Ranch, Chestnut Mountain, Ga.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Monday, August 18, 2014
  • Celebration of Live Service Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • The family request in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mt. Pisgah Christian School, Johns Creek, Ga.; Peachtree Christian Hospice, Duluth, Ga. and Eagle Ranch, Chestnut Mountain, Ga.
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Janet Bond

January 10, 2015

Dear Linda,
So sorry that I just found out about Jim's death. I am sad that I did not know and was not there for you. Please know that I send my love and thoughts to you and your family.
Janet Smith Bond

George Cowart

November 5, 2014

In memory of my beloved friend and 1st cousin. A marvelous man and long time friend. So generous to so many.

Ronnie Johnson

September 30, 2014

May God be with you

Z. Graham

September 28, 2014

I never met him but heard good things about him. Mr. Cowart certainly left his prints and I am also certain that the children he raised and their families will continue to make him smile.

C Morales

September 23, 2014

It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.

betty tuen

September 19, 2014

with deepest sympathy to the family, True worshiooers imitate Jesus by letting their "light shine" doing good to their neighbors. Sharing the good news of God"s Kingdom. Matthew24;14 sincerwly Betty

Frank & Ann Murphy

September 18, 2014

Our heartfelt to the family - we knew him
many years in the Dunwoody area. Have been in and out of Atl. for 35 yrs. He was very kind to all.

September 17, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was always so kind to me when I called on him for mortgage business. He was a great gentleman.

Sally Washburn Hamby

Peggy (Koger) Campbell

September 16, 2014

He will live forever in your memories and in your hearts. I'm sure you were as proud of him as he was of you. Cherish your memories with him.
The Danny I remember from Warsaw will have the heart and strength to get through this.

September 15, 2014

We at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy will be forever grateful for the quiet support given to us by Mr. Cowart. Thank you for allowing him to be the man God called him to be.