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Glenna Bell Cowherd

Glenna Bell Cowherd, 94, died on April 7, 2022 at Asbury Care Center of Aldersgate in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Mrs. Cowherd was born October 12, 1927 to Richard and Helen Bell of Cranston Rhode Island. She graduated from East Cranston High School and earned her BS degree in Nursing from State College of Rhode Island. After graduation, she was employed as a nursing instructor at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia. 

In May of 1952, Mrs. Cowherd married Dr. Philip Winston Cowherd, Jr. They settled in Saltville, Virginia and raised four children: Philip, David, Kristin, and Charles.  In 1965, upon the death of her husband, Mrs. Cowherd continued her education earning a M.S. in Psychology, and M.S.Ed from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. In 1970, Mrs. Cowherd was hired by Rowan Technical Institute (RCCC) in Salisbury, North Carolina as Director of Health Occupations where she served for many years. Mrs. Cowherd was instrumental in the formation and accreditation of the Associate degree of Applied Science in Nursing and Allied Health programs at RCCC. 

Mrs. Cowherd was an unwavering advocate of education for her children and her students. She felt anyone could achieve their goals with a solid support structure which she generously supplied. She provided guidance to her children with the theme of “keeping the lines of communication open”.  This approach produced outstanding results. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and will be truly missed. Funeral services are private. Burial will be in Kreknoll Cemetery in Abingdon, Virginia. 


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I will always remember Mrs.Cowherd as a very eloquent lady that was beautiful inside and out. I always admired how much she loved her family to the Moon and back. I know all her family and friends like me will miss her deeply. May God be with her family during this time of loss.

David Calhoun Apr 13 2022 3:40 AM

Lennie and I will greatly miss Glenna. She was such a special lady to everyone she met and knew. My fondest memory of Glenna was when we visited from Tennessee to share Thanksgiving dinner with the Cowherds. She actually stuffed the turkey. That was the best turkey I ever had. Love to all of Glenna’s family. Our hearts are with you.

Lennie and Patti Robertson Apr 11 2022 2:09 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Glenna was very nice to me when I was growing up next door in Saltville.

Barry Chapman Apr 10 2022 3:31 PM

To the family, I am sorry for the grief that you are feeling.
Knowing of God's love for you, continue to look to him when he " will wipe out all tears from our eyes, death, suffering, and pain will be no more "Revelation 21:3,4
He says death is an " enemy that will be brought to nothing " 1 Corinthians 15:26
How comforting to know that this will be a thing of the past and through Christ Jesus a resurrection for our loved ones.


jay godfrey Apr 10 2022 10:00 AM

Blessings and love to your sweet family

Kristi smith Apr 9 2022 8:25 PM

My prayers go out to the Cowherd and Woodyard families at the loss of their mother and grandmother. Glenna was a very special person to me. I remember some wonderful times at the beach when I was invited to tag along. She will be greatly missed.

Jackie Fisher Apr 9 2022 8:06 PM

So sorry for your loss.

Laura Vallandingham Storey Apr 9 2022 1:46 PM

Fun memories at the household of Glenna Cowherd! Their home was always open for visits. She raised her children— all with wonderful personalities. Hugs and love to Phillip, David, Kristin and Chuck and their families.

Edie Kello Apr 8 2022 10:40 PM

I met her once and she was so friendly may her soul riep.

Sandra Kamara Apr 8 2022 9:08 PM

I only met her once. Traveled to North Carolina with nephew Roy Bell. Roy is now my husband. We cherished are visit with her. She was an amazing, kind and generous woman. I knew she loved her family and we loved her very much. Rest In Peace Aunt Glenna ❤️

Andrea Bell Apr 8 2022 8:33 PM

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