Ellen Cowherd

Obituary of Ellen Cowherd

Ellen Faye Cowherd, 89 years, one month and two days of age, of the Bengal community died Saturday, November 18, 2017 at T. J. Health Columbia.

She was born on October 16, 1928 in the Equality community of Ohio County, Kentucky to the late Strather E. and Virgie Bennett Hunter.  She was the widow of Theodore Cowherd who died on August 24, 1996.  A brother Austin Hunter and sister, Ethel Hunter, also preceded her in death.

Ellen attended Russell Creek Academy (Campbellsville College) and Georgetown College before receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky State Teacher’s College (Western Kentucky University).  She went on to teach and retired from the Taylor County School System with over twenty-five years in elementary education.  A member of Early Chapel United Methodist Church, she was active in United Methodist Women, the Order of the Eastern Star, Homemakers and had served on the Soil Conservation Board.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling on bus tours and going to Kroger.

She is survived by two sons, David Cowherd and his wife, Sherry of Campbellsville and Tommy Cowherd and his wife, Betsy of Illinois, five grandchildren, Carrie Gupton and her husband, Joe, Jessie Brockman and her husband, Steven, Kyle Cowherd, Lane Cowherd and Rebekah Cowherd and three great-grandchildren, Ella and Maggie Gupton and Theo Brockman.

Funeral services for Ellen Cowherd will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 22nd at Lyon-DeWitt-Berry Funeral home with Bro. Paul Dicken officiating. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery. 

Serving as pall bearers will be Lane Cowherd, Kyle Cowherd, Steven Brockman, Jason Jones, Rebekah Cowherd, Robert Louie Cowherd, Joe Gupton and Eric Phillips.  Honorary pallbearers will be, Jerry Arnett, Mike Matney, Mike Elmore, Billy Willis, Barry Blevins, Joe Ward and Ernie Blough.

The family request visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday November 21st at the Lyon-DeWitt-Berry Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy are suggested to the Kentucky United Methodist Church Home for Children and Youth or Gideon Bibles which can be made at the Lyon-DeWitt-Berry Funeral Home.