John Clinton Cowart, 95, of Mineola, Texas, formerly of Cherokee Village, Ark., died Oct. 15, 2008. He was born Aug. 29, 1913, in Mineola, Texas.
He graduated from Mineola High School in 1933. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1941 and transitioned into the Air Force where he reached the rank of Master Sergeant. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1964, after 23 years of service. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran. During his military service, Cowart traveled around the world several times. He was stationed in Hawaii, Japan and Germany, as well as numerous places in the United States. He also received many awards and medals from the USAF.
He married Ila May Johnson on May 28, 1958 in Lincoln, Neb. Upon retiring from the Air Force, the Cowarts moved to Cherokee Village, Ark., for two years, then returned to Nebraska to live in Grand Island. Mrs. Cowart died Sept. 8, 1967.
He was a security guard for Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant in Grand Island until he retired in 1979. He was a member of the Cherokee Village Methodist Church and was involved in the Nebraska PTA and was a lifetime member.
He is survived by: one son, John L. Cowart of Austin, Texas; one nephew, two nieces; many great-nieces and nephews; and several great-great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his wife, Ila Mae Johnson Cowart; his mother, Annie Mae Emiline Indiana Amos Cowart; one brother, J.B. Cowart; and two sisters, Sarah Donohoe and Gladys Wood.
Funeral services were held Oct. 18 at the Beaty Funeral Home Chapel in Mineola, Texas.