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Timothy John Cowell - James Leon Perry

Timothy John Cowell, 40, of Houston, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, at Park Plaza Hospital in Houston after an intense battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His brother, David; sister, Debby and brother-in-law Gary were at his side. Mr. Cowell was known as Tim.

Tim was born on July 12, 1965, in Hinsdale, Ill., to William Curtis and Antoinette Rose Cowell. At the age of 6, Tim moved with his family to Chloride, where he attended elementary school.

In 1983, Tim graduated from Kingman High School with high honors. In 1982, he was an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Finalist in the Competency-Based Events competition in Chicago. He was also a member of Delta Epsilon Chi (DECA).

Tim earned a Bachelor of Science degree Cum Laude in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona, graduating with the class of 1987. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. Tim was working toward a Master of Business Administration at the University of Houston, Victoria, when cancer struck. Previously, Tim had enrolled at the New York University School of Medicine, but he decided not to pursue medical studies.

Starting in 1987, Tim was employed by Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas; Himont, Inc., in Wilmington, Del.; and Exxon-Mobil Corporation in Houston. Tim worked as a chemical engineer with a specialty in polymers. At the time of his death, he was a senior technology specialist at Formosa Plastics Corporation in Point Comfort, Texas.

Tim believed that children needed to be interested in their education at an early age. He became a volunteer teacher in Dow’s EXCEL (Excellence in Career Education and Life) program. He visited with first- through twelfth-grade students at Texas schools and would wow them with a chemistry show and would talk to them about the relationship between a good education and a good job.

Tim was an accomplished writer. His varied publications include short stories, interviews and polymer science articles. One short story, “Purses for Sale,” can be read at

Tim had a deep passion for the fine arts. He was a generous patron of several arts organizations and regularly partook of the cultural offerings in the places he lived. Tim traveled extensively throughout the United States and to other countries, particularly for performances of opera and symphonic music. Tim developed friendships with fellow art lovers in his adopted hometowns and in other places. He often met with them for performances in New York (most frequently at the Metropolitan and New York City Operas), as well as in Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles, among other cities. Tim visited Iceland, Israel, Greece, Canada and Mexico, and attended opera and other performances there as well.

Survivors include a sister, Deborah Rose (Cowell) Collord and her husband, Gary, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a brother, David Peter Cowell and his wife, Ronda, of Chloride; a niece, Dori Danette (Collord) Heibult and her husband, Jeffrey, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a nephew, Michael Albert Collord of Albuquerque, N.M.; and a niece, Denyelle Kaye (Cowell) Weltch and her husband, Michael, of San Diego, Calif.

Tim is also survived by six great-nieces and nephews, Peyton Alexander Heibult, Ansley Rose Heibult, Rebekah Rose Cowell (Weltch), Krysten Dean Weltch, Skylar Jean Weltch and Michelle Renee Weltch.

Tim was preceded in death by his mother, Antoinette Rose; his father, William Curtis; his sister, Rebekah Ruth; and his brother, Daniel Paul.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, a celebration of Tim’s life memorial was held at his home in Houston, with more than 50 friends and family members in attendance.

Committal of ashes will take place in Chloride in the family plot during a private family ceremony.

James Leon Perry, 78, of Kingman died Wednesday, May 17, 2006, in Kingman. He was born Sept. 13, 1927, in Scotts, Ky.

Services will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Monday at Desert Highlands Health Care Center, 1081 Kathleen Ave. Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, Kingman.


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