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James ‘Jay’ Coleman Cowles

February 12, 1989 - April 25, 2019

James Coleman Cowles, 30, known to friends and family as "Jay", died Thursday April 25, 2019. Jay was born in Tahlequah, on February 12, 1989. He was the son of the late Ernest Harlan Cowles, Jr. of Muskogee, and Janet and Jerry Hoover of Okmulgee. Jay was the grandson of the late Vernon Mann and Sue Mann of Boynton, the late Ernest Harlan Cowles, Sr. and Effie Cowles of Big Cabin, and the late Betty Smart of Muskogee. On July 31, 2015, Jay married Alychia Renea Crawford in Okmulgee, OK. The couple was blessed with two sons; Jyace Coleman Cowles, 5, and Barrett Coleman Cowles, 1.

Jay is survived by his wife Alychia and sons Jyace and Barrett of the home; his mother Janet and step-father Jerry Hoover of Okmulgee; sister Misty and husband Robert Lloyd of Boynton, sister Amy Jackson of Stillwater, and sister Angela and husband Robert Wilson of Beggs. Jay also leaves behind three brothers; Ernest Harlan Cowles III of Stillwater, Eric Haden Cowles and Ethan Cowles of Midwest City; numerous aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; and cousins who will miss him dearly.

Jay will be honored with a private family service at the Mc-Clendon-Winters Funeral Chapel.

Arrangements and cremation services have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee. Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Jay's Tribute Page at

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