John Cowles April 23, 1928 – March 27, 2016

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cowlesEarly on Easter morning, March 27, 2016, John Elmer Cowles joined the celebration in heaven. He was born on April 23, 1928, the 9th child of Roy Thomas and Winifred Cowles.

John married Lois Wilder on April 8, 1949, and they had nine children.

He is survived by his younger sister, Esther Cowan, and his children: Tim (Jan) Cowles, Tom (Debbie) Cowles, Mary (Dan) Cox, Andy (Jan) Cowles, Patsy Cowles, Grace (Bob) May, Ben (Jeanie) Cowles, Sam (Cheryl) Cowles, and Steve (Debbie) Cowles. John was blessed with 20 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his grandson Kerby Cowles, son Nathanael Cowles, and Lois, his wife of 52 years.

John graduated from BIOLA College in Los Angeles, California, with a ministerial degree. He went on to pastor five different churches though his lifetime. After pastoring, he assisted Wycliffe Associates in its construction ministry, installing wiring and plumbing for many buildings on the GIAL center in Duncanville. He spent the last years of his life caring for the residents at Mountain Creek Retirement apartments, where he lived and served as the Chaplain. He was a faithful member of the Matthew Road Baptist Church in Grand Prairie.

jaynesGraveside services will be 10:00 am, Friday, April 1, 2016, at Little Bethel Memorial Park, 1803 S. Cedar Hill Road in Duncanville. John enjoyed his time at the GIAL center and attending to the needs of its students. Memorial donations can be made to the GIAL student scholarship fund, 7500 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas, TX, 75236.