H.G. "Art" Cowart, Nov. 9, 1918 -- June 20, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

H.G. "Art" Cowart, beloved husband, father, grandpa and friend, died June 20 in Tulsa, Okla. at age 90.

Art was born in Gantt, Ala., Nov. 9, 1918, to Homer, Sr. and Lula (Ingram) Cowart. Known as Homer to his family, his better-known nickname "Art" was coined by nurses in WWII's Springfield Army Hospital.

His lifelong dream of flying with the Army Air Corp. was cut short by a leg injury suffered during flight training at Kelly Field in Texas in 1942. This blessing in disguise led him to meet his future wife, Jeanne Courtaway, who was visiting her cousin at the hospital. They wed Jan. 28, 1945 in Tulsa, where they made their home and raised their four daughters.

His innovative and beautiful floral designs graced many a celebration and comforted the grieving during his career as a floral designer from the '50s to the '80s.

Art and Jeanne retired to a life of volunteer work in Holiday Island where they served together as volunteers for the Flint Street Food Bank and Meals on Wheels and shared the company of their daughter Terry Martin, her husband Butch and their son Alex.

Art was a founding member of Emmanuel Baptist Church prior to its merger with Holiday Island Baptist Chapel.

Art and Jeanne returned to Tulsa in 2005 to be near family. She preceded him in death in 2006, after nearly 61 years of marriage.

His parents and grandchildren Jennifer Todd, P.J. Morey and Jonathan (Burch) Cowart also preceded him in death. Art is survived by daughter Terry (Butch) Martin, of Holiday Island, and their son Alex, and daughters Leslie (Gary) Todd, Cathey Eastman, and Trudy (Patrick) Morey, all of Tulsa. Additional surviving grandchildren include Jeff (Denise) Todd, of Tulsa; David Todd, Houston, Texas; Lisa (Donnie) Bonge, of Tempe, Ariz.; Juli (Darren) Green, Will Eastman, Emily Eastman, and Joey Burch, all of Tulsa; and Amy Tracy, of Wichita, Kan.

In addition, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild survive: Jessica, Nathaniel, Jackson and Pierson Todd; Connor and Caleb Crezee; twins Reed and Zoe Bonge; Madilyn, Amelia and Sophi Green; Miya Eastman; Devon Edwards; Kaylee Burch; John Morey; Madison Tracy, Dannielle Tracy and her daughter Kalea Tracy.

Art gifted his body to the OU Medical School to aid in the training of family physicians.

A memorial service was held in Tulsa, with Rev. James Colwell of Holiday Island Baptist Chapel presiding. Memorial gifts may be made to L.U.C. Boys Ranch, 296 Boys Ranch Rd., Lampe, MO, 65681.