Services for Barney Cowart, 85 of Lindale, father of Smith County Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace James Cowart, were held Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 at the Caudle-Rutledge-Daugherty Funeral Home in Lindale with Brother Byron Howard, Brother James Cowart and Brother Dennie Burks officiating.
Private family interment followed at the Dover Cemetery.
Mr. Cowart was born in the Mount Sylvan Community on Aug. 27, 1932 to the late Otto and Willie Lee Cowart.
He was raised in Mineola where he attended school. In 1951, he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Rupertus DD851 during the Korean War.
After his discharge from the Navy in 1955 he moved to Tyler before moving to Lindale in 1959.
Mr. Cowart retired from General Electric -Trane after 32 years.
He was a member of the Central Baptist Church as well as a member of the Lindale Masonic Lodge No. 848 and the Mount Sylvan Masonic Lodge No. 764.
Mr. Cowart became a Master Mason in 1959, the District Grandmaster in 1977 and was previously the Worshipful Master of both the Lindale and Mount Sylvan Masonic lodges.
Preceding him in death were his wife and mother of his three sons, Marjorie R. Cowart, on Aug. 21, 1995.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice Cowart of Lindale; three sons, James Cowart and wife, Brenda of Lindale; Jerry Cowart and wife, Terri of Brandon, Miss.; Bill Cowart and wife, Pam of Dallas; step-daughter, Bobbie Burks and husband, Dennie of Tyler; sister, Ida Mae Books of Lindale; 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Lindale Central Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 245 Lindale, 75771.