Nancy Selby Cowan

May 21, 1949 - March 29, 2017

05/21/1949 - 03/29/2017

Past Services

Monday April 03, 2017
11:00 am
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
424 W. Church St.
Ahoskie, NC 27910
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The family will receive friends following the service.


HARRELLSVILLE, NC – Mrs. Nancy Selby Cowan, age 67, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 and joins her beloved husband, Robert Lansing Cowan, Jr. in heaven.

Mrs. Cowan was born in Newport News, VA on May 21, 1949 a daughter of the late Troy Augustus and Orine Mae McCraw Selby.  Nancy graduated from Ferguson High School in Newport News and worked as a nurse in the Ahoskie area until retiring several years ago.  She was a member of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church of Ahoskie.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Kim Kohl Dietz and husband, Chris of Louisville, KY; three grandchildren Victoria Smith, Gordon Smith and Karlie Dietz, her sister, Rebecca Schmelter and husband, David of Orlando, FL; her brother, George Selby of Houston, TX; sisters-in-law Susan Cowan-Gray and Beth Cowan-Myers and numerous nieces and nephews. Nancy also had two dear friends, Amy Snipes of Menola and Margreet Hoogcarspel of Harrellsville.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Monday, April 3, 2017, at 11:00 am at St Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Ahoskie, NC, with The Rev. Jeff Douglas, officiating.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to the American Cancer Society, 930B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC, 27834, or you may donate online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Cowan family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Trish Carson
6 years ago

I am so sorry to hear about Nancy’s passing. I worked with her some years ago and had known her husband, Lanny, for years, having been practically raised in the Powellsville area. Nancy was a very sweet and funny girl and I will remember her always. My prayers to the family during this heartbreaking time.

Carolyn K. WitherS
6 years ago

Nancy was one of our numerous cousins, a beautiful young lady. Family visits in the summers as we grew up were very special. She will be missed.