SYLVA, NC Gerald Cowan Gerald Albert Cowan, age 85, a native of Sylva, NC and long-time resident of Loganville, GA, passed away on Friday, September 6, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Joyce Huff Cowan; his daughters and sons-in-law, Edie and Tom Langston of Murfreesboro, TN, Cindy and Frank Bertoia of Lawrenceville, GA, Debbie Wilkerson of Loganville, GA, and Gina and Milan Magera of Suwanee, GA; 14 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Colleen Cowan of Houston, TX, and Winnie Sue Warren of Uniontown, OH; and one brother, Perry Cowan of Sylva, NC. He is preceded in death by his parents, Olivia Lunsford Cowan Ammons and Oliver Cowan of Sylva, NC; three sisters and three brothers. The family will receive guests and celebrate Geralds life on Saturday, September 14, 2013, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 395 Shadowbrooke Circle, Loganville, GA. A time of prayer and meditation will be observed at 6:30 p.m.