Dorothy Melba Gibbs Cowart, passed away Monday, November 2, 2020, in the Community Hospice House in Vidalia after an extended illness. She was born on February 25, 1934, in the Toombs Central Community, was a 1952 graduate of Toombs Central School and earned an Associate degree from Brewton-Parker College. After high school, she married Jim Paul Cowart and together they farmed until 1969. She worked at Toombs Central School for several years as a librarian and also taught kindergarten. She worked with Concerted Services for twenty-four years, becoming regional director, retiring in 2002. She was an active member of Hardens Chapel United Methodist Church, serving on the board of directors and was former President of the United Methodist Women. She served on the Toombs Central Recreation Department Board of Directors. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Washington “H.W.” Gibbs and Ruth Harrelson Gibbs; and two sisters, Mac Gibbs Thomlin and Era Gibbs Alexander.
Survivors include three children, Chris Cowart Murphey and husband Marvin of Waynesboro, Jimmy Cowart and Jennifer Knight, and Anthony Cowart and wife Karen, all of the Marvin Yancey Community; two sisters, Betty Gibbs Pittman of the English Eddy Community, and Dianne Gibbs Dunford Fromme of Rincon; four grandchildren, Wesley Wright and wife Brittany of Panama City, Florida, Amber Cowart Mosley and husband Michael, and Landon Cowart of Toombs Central, and Brandon Hargrove and wife Melanie of Blairsville; six great-grandchildren, Karlie Wright, Payton Wright, Cole Hargrove, Lexie Hargrove, Preslie Mosley and Willow Mosley; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5:00 until 8:00.
The funeral service will be held Thursday, November 5th, at 2:00 p.m. in the Hardens Chapel United Methodist Church with Reverend Bill Lee and Reverend Carroll Gay officiating. Burial will follow in the Hardens Chapel Cemetery.
Flowers are welcome, or memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 2277, Vidalia, GA 30475.
The family will assemble at the residence of Anthony Cowart, 1782 Marvin Church Road, Lyons.
The family is requiring all attending the visitation and funeral to wear a mask and to social distance.
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