‹ Return to Current Obituaries

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Gurney's visitation.

Gurney Branch Cowling, Sr.

Gurney Branch Cowling, Sr. passed away peacefully Thursday, January 8, 2020. Born October 30, 1922, he was the son of the late John Thomas Cowling and Nina Branch Cowling. He was the president of Cowling Brothers Building Inc. Mr. Cowling was a charter member of Beaverdam Sportsman Club, a faithful member of Waverly Baptist Church, and was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Evelyn Welch Cowling; his grandson, Courtney Cowling, and his brothers, Chestley T. Cowling, Sr., Vernard Cowling, and Jasper Cowling.

Left to cherish his memory is his son, Gurney Branch Cowling, Jr. and wife, Polly; grandchildren, Branch Cowling, Shawn Cowling and wife Lori, and Carey Cowling; great-grandchildren, Davis, Bennett, Sloan, and Logan, and numerous nieces and nephews including a special niece, Tina Harris and husband Don.

A graveside service will be held at 1PM Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Waverly Cemetery with Rev. Jim Jones officiating. The family will receive friends following the service with a light reception at Waverly Baptist Church in the church fellowship hall. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to caregivers, Betty, Hazel, and Glenda, for the exceptional care Mr. Cowling received. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Waverly Baptist Church, 301 East Main Street, Waverly, VA 23890 and Tidewater Academy, P.O. Box 1000, Wakefield, VA 23888. R.W.Baker & Company, Wakefield Chapel is serving the family. Condolences may be posted at www.rwbakerfh.com.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Gurney Cowling, Sr., please visit our flower store.


Gurney, Polly, and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have no doubt we will see your Dad again, and he is looking over your shoulders making certain you all are doing well. God bless each of you and I am so sorry for your loss. I haven't seen him in many years, but he was always so nice and kind when I visited the store. He will surely be missed by all concerned.

Brenda Layne May 13 2021 12:00 AM

We are sorry for your loss we will be praying for your Family. He will be missed in Waverly.

Lee and Cindy Underwood May 13 2021 12:00 AM

I am sorry to hear this, praying for the family for comfort.

Ted Upton May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Thinking of you all during this time of loss. May God's peace give you comfort in your hearts.

Cowlings May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss. Prayers sent for the family.

kathy & Bruce Kinsey May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Gurney, Polly and family, So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing, He was so nice to Uncle Bick (Willie J Griffin) for the many years he worked at Cowlings for him while I was growing up. . Thoughts and prayers are with your family during this sad time.

Liz Daughtrey May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Tina Cowling, So sorry to read this today. I know you were so close to him . Thinking of you Sondra & Robin

Sondra Shell Gallagher May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Id like to tell your family that Mr. and Mrs. Cowling were special people to my family, especially my mom, Tommie Bailey. Yes, we are sad on days like today, but oh what rejoicing there is in Heaven.

June Bailey Stewart May 13 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss Gurney, Tina and the rest of your family. . Sorry Dave and I couldn't be there with the family but you have been in our thoughts and prayers.

Judy and dave gay May 13 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for you loss. He was a good man.

Peggy J Moore May 13 2021 12:00 AM