James ‘Jim’ McCowan

April 29, 1929 – Sept. 15, 2022

Longtime area resident Jim McCowan died peacefully at home on Sept. 15 of age-related causes. He was 93.

He was born April 29, 1929 to Alabama sharecroppers Leo McCowan and Annie Louise (Puckett) McCowan. A self-described roller-rink rat, Jim also played high school football and baseball.

Just after getting his Army draft notice, Jim met Louise Bennett at a Morris, Ala.. skating rink. They courted by letter and eloped when he came home on leave in June 1951. He called Louise the best gift he ever . . .