Robert Orville Coward Obituary

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Robert Orville Coward, Tom, TC, Topcat, Pop, was born April 30, 1937, 5 minutes after his “big” sister Roberta “Dink” Gentry, to Oliver and Ina (Shirley) Coward between the 2 small towns of Trousdale and Wanette, Oklahoma. Tom passed away on February 25, 2019 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 81.


Preceding him in death was his beautiful wife of 52 years, Morrow “Aggie” Coward, 2 sisters; Jeanie Coward and his twin sister Roberta “Dink” Gentry, 3 brothers; Jim, Leroy, and baby Jack Coward, and his parents. He is also joining many many beloved animals.


He will be leaving behind 2 beautiful daughters; Cheryl Ann Cannon-Dance and husband Matt Dance of Mississippi, Rita Fay Green of Muldrow, Oklahoma, 3 grandsons; Thomas and Wife Andrea David, Randall Waldron, Michael and wife Ninette Randall, 4 granddaughters; Crystal and husband Darren Swarner, Michelee and husband Scott Haddock, Jennifer and husband Justin Murff, Kristan and husband Samuel Roberts, who in turn gave him 29 great grandkids, and 4 great-great-grandkids. To him, family was not defined by blood. He is also survived by his brother, Charles Coward of Texas, sister, Shirley Bowder and husband Ray of Oklahoma, and his faithful beloved dog Butch.


Tom, TC, Topcat, or Pop no matter what you called him, he seemed to always greet you with a smile and a joke. He loved all things Oklahoma Sooners. He was an avid fisherman and spent a lot of hours hunting and camping. He loved to travel and always had somewhere to go.


Tom graduated from Maud High School in 1953 and joined the United States Army shortly after, serving for the next five years. He had several trades and was a smart, gifted man who had a love for Jeopardy. He co-owned and drove a taxi in Wasco, California, and worked up until he retired from Sandoz Chemical Planit in 1999. It was then that they moved halfway across the US to their final destination in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

Tom will be greatly missed by many family and friends, but mostly by the ones he chose to love that he didn’t have to love.


A special Thank you goes out to the EMT”s and First Responders from Pafford and Maple District Fire Department.


Pallbearers will be; Thomas David, Sr., Samuel Roberts, Scott Haddock, Matthew Dance, Josh Taylor, Robert Rodriguez, Thomas David, Jr., and Ayden Washburn.


Graveside services will be 11:00 am, Friday, March 1, 2019 at Spiro City Cemetery in Spiro, Oklahoma with Mister Justin Warren officiating.


Services are under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Spiro, Oklahoma.


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