of Batesville, AR
January 12, 1933 - October 19, 2021
Jesse Dean Cowling, 88, died October 19, 2021 at Wood Lawn Nursing Home, Batesville, Arkansas. The deceased was born January 12, 1933, the son of John P. and Nell Abbott Cowling of Mineral Springs, Arkansas. Jesse grew up, attended and graduated from the public schools of that community. He was also a graduate of Southern Arkansas University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served on active duty with the United States Army from November, 1954 until September of 1956.On June 10, 1956 Mr. Cowling and Miss Kittie Ruth Davis of Batesville, Arkansas were united in marriage. To their union two sons were born: Kenan Davis and John Barak. Kittie and Barak preceded Jesse in death. He is survived by Kenan and one grandchild, Emma Claire Cowling, the daughter of Barak. Both survivors are California residents.Jesse Cowlings vocation was working as director of teaching and training ministries for a series of local congregations cooperating with the Southern Baptist Convention. The churches served are all located in Texas and Arkansas. As a retiree JDC prized highly his membership and involvement in First Baptist of Batesville.At the age of twelve years, Jesse made a spiritual, emotional and intellectual commitment to Christian teachings and practice. Throughout the subsequent phases of his life, he employed the gifts accorded to him in the service of truths and entities larger than himself. His diligence and stewardship of his gifts enriched the life experiences of a considerable number of his fellow passengers aboard the spaceship Earth. Graveside services will begin at 10:00 am Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm Friday, October 22, 2021 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his honor to Ouachita Baptist University or First Baptist Church.
Jesse served at FBC Irving as our very excellent educational Minister…such a kind gentleman. I know it is a “beautiful stained glass day” where he now lives face to face with The Light of the world, his Lord and our Savior.
Jesse became a surrogate father to me after my dad died in 1993 and Jesse and Kittie moved back to Mineral Springs. We spent many happy hours discussing family history. And we planned quite a few family reunions together. His passing leaves a big hole in my heart.
Central Baptist Church in Mineral Springs was certainly blessed by Jesse Dean and his wife, Kittie Cowling. They were both wonderful examples of followers of Christ.
Jessie was my first cousin, Kittie's, husband. I enjoyed Jessie and Kittie's company after they moved to Batesville. I'm so sad to hear of his passing.
Jesse was one of my favorite people to hear speak and talk to at church. He and his wife were absolutely precious. He loved the Lord and showed it in everything he did. I am sad to learn of his passing but I know he is rejoicing with God and I’m sure he is overjoyed to be reunited with his wife Kittie. Prayers to his family
Mr. Jesse was a kind, loving, God fearing man. I loved serving with him on the Grow team at First Baptist Church. He always had a smile on his face and loved to tell us stories of other times. I will miss him and his most eloquent prayers. I know you are with our Lord Mr. Jesse, singing praises as Ms. Kitty plays that piano.
Jesse was a gifted and committed follower of the Lord who served First Baptist Church in Rosenberg, Texas in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He and Kittie were greatly loved. "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Will miss my friend and dining buddy. Will miss those stories of old times. RIP
Jesse and Kittie have been dear to the Loughlin family for all the years of kinship. Jesse and John Slater Loughlin (their mothers were sisters) spent many summers with grandparents in Mineral Springs "helping" on the farm. They grew as close as brothers. Through the more than 60 years of Kittie and Jesse's marriage and Slater's and mine, we have remained close. More than being "blood kin," Jesse's words, we were fellow believers in the Lord and shared many a conversation of thankfulness.