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William Woodruff Cowan, 84, Columbia, KY native (1933-2017)

He was the son of the late William Bryn & Ada Florence Simpson Cowan and a member of a large, respected Adair County, KY, family. He was a member of the Eagles Club and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

William Woodruff "Woody" Cowan, 84 of Mosely Drive, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, died at 8:30amCT Thursday, September 7, 2017, at Christian Heights Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Cadiz, Kentucky, of natural causes.

There were no immediate services. The body was donated to science. Lamb Funeral Home in Hopkinsville was in charge of arrangements.

William Woodruff Cowan, 84, Columbia, KY native (1933-2017)

Woody was a native of Columbia, Adair County, KY. He was born June 19, 1933. He was the son of the late William Bryn and Ada Florence Simpson Cowan. He died Thursday, September 7, 2017, in Hopkinsville, Christian County, KY, at the age of 84 years, two months, and 19 days.

He was a factory worker at Phillips Product in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, a member of the Eagles Club and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include:
  • Two daughters: Phyllis Cowan Hammons and Janice Cowan, both of Clarksville, Tennessee

  • Three sons: Billy Cowan and Ronnie Cowan both of Hopkinsville, Kentucky; and Michael Cowan of Russellville, Kentucky

  • Ten grandchildren

  • Twelve great-grandchildren

  • And a host of other family and friends
Besides his parents, Woody was preceded in death by four sisters; Hazel (James) Feese, Mae Helen (Otis) Burton, Anna Bernice Cowan, Janice (Tyler) Bailey; three brothers: Carl (Jaunita Dailey) Cowan, Denver (Irne "Dumpy" Willis) Cowan, and Conly Cowan.

This obituary information is a courtesy to the family by Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY.

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William Woodruff Cowan, 84, Columbia, KY native (1933-2017)

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