Noel Bruce Cowart

January 22, 1938September 15, 2022
Obituary of Noel Bruce Cowart
Noel was born in Silsbee, TX the only child of Nell and Odell Cowart. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur and Lamar University in Beaumont. While a drama student at Lamar, he met the love of his life, Barbara Jean Chirafis, whom he married on December 27, 1959. Noel and Barbara, along with their children Barbie, Lesa and Chris, spent the majority of their lives together in Houston. Most of Noel’s career was spent in the oilfield equipment sector, primarily with the Ferry Cap and Set Screw Company. Noel was an active parishioner at both St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and finally at St. Basil’s Chapel at the University of St. Thomas. He served the Church as both a Lector and Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. Noel and Barbara had a beautiful and adventurous marriage. Together, they threw fabulous parties, took wonderful trips and enjoyed a rich family life. Paris was their favorite destination, but they were just as happy to spend a week at Crystal Beach, TX. When they were not traveling, they enjoyed the lively arts scene in Houston and regularly attended productions at the Alley, Stages and 4th Wall Theaters, the Houston Grand Opera and the Hobby Center. They also loved attending their grandchildren’s concerts and performances. Noel was the ultimate caregiver, staying at Barbara’s bedside during her illnesses until she passed away in 2018. After her death, he remained very devoted to friends, his family, his HOA duties and his volunteer work. He only slowed down in May, when his illness prevented him from carrying on. Noel was dearly loved by his family and friends, who will miss his sense of humor, generosity and spirit. He is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Barbara Chirafis Cowart. He is survived by their children and their spouses, Barbara and Bobby Knight, Lesa and Bryan McLeod and Chris and Julie Cowart, and grandchildren Connor, Caleb, Danna, Drew and Ivy Knight, Holly McLeod, and Bailee and Mitchell Cowart. A celebration of a well-lived life will be held on Saturday morning, September 24, 2022. There will be a rosary at 9:45, followed by a Memorial Mass at 10:30 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 10135 West Rd, Houston, TX . A luncheon will follow in Kolbe Hall. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in their honor to Magnificat Houses (

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