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Veneta "Jane" Cowart

November 28, 1937 — November 24, 2023

formerly of Glenwood, AR

Veneta "Jane" Cowart


Veneta “Jane” Cowart, age 85, formerly of Glenwood, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 24, 2023, in Hot Springs. 


She was born in Oden on November 28, 1937, to Audy and Dolena Wilhite. In 1955, she married Kenneth Edward Cowart of Kirby, and they had two children, Terry Lynn Cowart, and Cynthia Jane Cowart, all of whom preceded her in death. After living in the Little Rock area for several years, they returned to Glenwood to raise their family.


While in Glenwood, Jane worked at local businesses including John Plyler Home Center and EZ-Mart, as well as serving as dietician at Glenwood Public Schools and working for the City of Glenwood. She also worked at, and was part owner of, The Flower Shop with Ruth and Everett Smith for a number of years. Several years after Kenneth’s passing, she moved to Bartlett, Tennessee, to be near her son Terry and his wife, Mary Jean, and her grandchildren. After Terry’s passing, she moved back to Hot Springs. Jane will be remembered for the immense love she had for the Lord and her family.  


Jane is survived by her brother, Charles Franklin Wilhite (Carol) of Little Rock; her sister-in-law, Retha Jean Duren of Kirby; daughter-in-law, Mary Jean Smith Cowart of Germantown, TN; granddaughter, Melissa Blalock (Shane) of Memphis, TN; great-granddaughter, Kayla Blalock of Bartlett, TN, great-grandson, Hunter Burrell (Jeana), and great-great-granddaughters, Kylie and Madelyn Burrell, all of Oakland, TN; nieces, June Sevier Wilson Harter of Hot Springs, Karen Sevier Rowton Bell (Charles) of Hot Springs, Jennifer Sevier of Chisinau, Moldova, Lisa Duren of Kirby, and Amanda Wilhite Hense of Jacksonville; one nephew, Keith Duren (Diane) of Arkadelphia; and numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, and extended family.


In addition to her parents, husband and children, Jane was also preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Sevier and Mary Wilhite; and her brothers-in-law, Floyd Sevier, Sonny Cowart, and Harlan Duren.


Graveside services will be held at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, November 29, 2023, in the Bear Creek Cemetery with Bro. Bob Wiyott officiating.


Visitation will be held Wednesday, 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM, prior to the graveside services in the Smith Family Funeral Home Chapel, Glenwood, 209 North Third Street, Glenwood, AR 71943.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Glenwood First Assembly of God Church, PO Box 1267, Glenwood, AR 71943.


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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

Smith Family Funeral Home - Glenwood

209 North 3rd Street, Glenwood, AR 71943

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

3:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Bear Creek Cemetery

Kirby, AR 71950

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