Mike C. Cown

mike cown

January 6, 1950 ~ December 4, 2016

Born in: Atlanta, Georgia
Resided in: Monroe, Georgia

Mike C. Cown, age 66 of Monroe, Georgia, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Sunday, December 4th, 2016. Cown was the youngest surviving son of Coleman “Bill” and Catherine “Kitty” Wade Cown. He served for 6 years with the 180th Signal Company in Covington, Georgia, as a Specialist Four in the National Guard as a Reserve of the Army. Mike retired as one of the longest standing Lieutenants with the Gwinnett County Fire Department after 31 years of fire, rescue and EMT services. He was President of the SharpShooters Hunting Club in Sparta, an active member of the RockRollers Antique Car Club in Stone Mountain, and a life long member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Decatur. Growing up on a dairy farm in Stone Mountain, Cown was a man who understood the value of hard work, who had a love for God and nature, and who believed that the purest demonstration of love was achieved through sacrifice. He was a beloved Husband, Daddy, and Papa. No one will ever be able to replace Papa Mike. Cown is survived by his wife, Kathy Pickens Cown, of 44 years of marriage; son, Coleman Tyrus “Tye” Cown; daughter, Jamie Cown McFadden; brothers, William “Billy” Cown and Gordon “Wade” Cown; sisters, Gail Russell and Carol Nix; grandchildren: Avery and Colton Cown; Tatum Travis; Savannah, Reagan, and Anniston McFadden; and Kaleigh and Chloe Smith. The Cown family will receive friends at Wages & Sons Funeral Home located at 1040 Main Street, in Stone Mountain on Thursday, December 8th, and Friday, December 9th, from 2-4PM and 6-8PM. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at 10AM at Wages & Sons Chapel, interment will follow at the Historic Melwood Cemetary on East Ponce De Leon Avenue in Decatur.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with each one grieving Mike’s unexpected death. May you experience the warmth of The Light we celebrate in this season.

  2. So sorry Kathy for your loss. I’m praying for peace and comfort for you and your family. See you soon at church

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort continue to be with you and your family during this difficult time. We all look forward to a time when death will be no more-Rev 21:4. Our prayers are with you.

  4. We are so sorry for your loss Cathy and Family. May the good Lord above give you all comfort during this time. We Pray for you during the days to come.

  5. Prayers for strength and comfort to Mike’s family. He was a great example of what life is when you care for everyone. Good man, God bless.

  6. I remember Mike as a fun-loving childhood friend, and I’m saddened to hear of his passing. May God’s love, peace, and comfort be with you, his loved ones, through this time of grief and beyond.

  7. Kathy, we are so sorry for your loss. We have known you and Mike for so long and your families. My heart goes out to you and will keep you in my prayers .

  8. So sorry to hear about this. Mike was a good one. Always cheerful and fun to be around. You could fill the pages of a book with so many stories involving Mike……..and most of them would leave you smiling! Praying for all of you.

  9. Mike was a good guy, devoted family man and a great mechanical mind. He was always available to help solve mechanical issues. We have lost a really good man with a really good heart. God Bless his family during this time.

  10. On behalf of my mama and brother, we are greatly appreciative of everyone’s kind words, thoughts, and prayers. The greatest gift during this holiday season is in knowing that Daddy was saved by the Grace of God, and that his journey will lead to everlasting life. He is celebrating our Savior’s birth in the joyous-est of places this year. Grief is worldly and does not last. Faith…love…hope are the eternal and will carry us until we are together once again.

    We love you, Daddy (Papa)

  11. So sorry we have lost a dear friend. I have many great memories from my childhood days growing up with the Cown family, what fun we had. Even though Mike was the youngest he always had something clever and funny to say. What a great man and friend he was.

  12. May God bless and keep you. Our families have loved each other through several generations!
    Ann Lee Thompson & Family

  13. Mike was always “Up to something” good at GCFD. His dry sense of humor and mature outlook/understanding of life and the really important things were evident in all he did. My condolences and love to the whole family, I am blessed to have known him.

  14. Praying for the family. From the 8 years that I have known the Mr. Cown, he always had a story to tell. May his soul rest in peace.

  15. Praying for the family. From the 8 years that I have known Mr. Cown, he always had a story to tell. May his soul rest in peace.

  16. I was sad to know this happened. Mike was always a very nice high school classmate, remember him well. God Bless the family.

  17. Kathy, Jamie, Tye, Billy, Gail, Wade, Carol, and Families…….
    Memories of Mike will forever keep him in our hearts
    and give us all peace.

  18. We are so sorry for your loss, Kathy and family. We pray for the strength and solace that only our God can give at this time. We love you.

  19. Kathy please know that you and your family are in our prayers. We also pray you all will have peace knowing you will see Mike again someday. Love you.

  20. We only spent a short time over the last 19 mos. papa Mike has left a true loving impression of what a real wonderful family is, opening his heart to all of us and supporting us. You truly will be missed! ????✨❄️

  21. Tye and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Mike was a highly regarded man with our department and will be missed. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

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