David Cowart, owner of Ballinger Home Health, dies in work accident

Bill Hancock (BHancock@gannett.com)
David Cowart (green shirt), owner of Ballinger Home Health and Hospice, passed away in an accident at the company's offices located at 9th/Hutchings Avenue in Ballinger on April 6. The company renovated a downtown building, moving to the new location in March 2019.

Ballinger businessman David Cowart passed away suddenly in a work accident Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

According to reports, the tragedy occurred while Cowart and another person were working to renovate the Ballinger Home Health and Hospice offices in downtown Ballinger at 9th Street and Hutchings Avenue.

Witnesses said an elevator was on the upper floor, and Cowart laid across the top of it to do some work. According to the reports, Cowart was on top of the elevator when it plummeted to the bottom floor a few minutes later. Cowart was pronounced deceased by the local Justice of the Peace.

Cowart owned a successful construction company for many years. In the last few years, he owned Ballinger Home Health and Hospice, one of the most successful businesses in Ballinger. The company has approximately 40 nurses, nursing assistants and staff. The company moved to its current location in March 2019. Cowart himself helped renovate the building, which consisted of constructing new offices, installing new floors, as well as updating electrical systems and plumbing. The beautifully restored building has been an ever-evolving project of Cowart's for the last few years.

David Cowart (2nd from right), owner of Ballinger Home Health and Hospice, died in an accident at the company's offices in Ballinger at 9th/Hutchings Avenue on April 6. Cowart was a member of the Ballinger Rotary Club for many years. He had served on the Board of Directors, as president and in numerous other capacities over the years.

Cowart was not only an integral part of the community as a businessman, he was also a highly respected member of the Ballinger Rotary Club, having served time on the board of directors, as well as club president, and as Assistant District Governor. During his time the club awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships as well as donated money to numerous local causes. Cowart was known for his aprons that he wore at the Rotary Club's annual Pancake Supper.

Throughout his life, Cowart served on numerous boards around Ballinger, including the Ballinger Memorial Hospital Board, Evergreen Cemetery board, Ballinger ISD School Board, Ballinger Little League Board, Runnels County Appraisal District Review Board, Carnegie Library Board and the Christmas in April board. Cowart was named Rotarian of the Year for 2010-2011 and Citizen of the Year in 2018.

Cowart's pursuits were legendary in local circles. He was known to play 54 holes of golf in a day and recruited a team of friends to cook culinary masterpieces for Valentine's Day. Cowart named the group of cooks, "Cheffendales", a take on the famous Chippendales. Cowart also coached little league baseball and soccer. Over the years, Cowart taught himself computer systems and how to operate them, often sharing his knowledge with friends in need of help.

A memorial service was held for Cowart at the First United Methodist Church in Ballinger. Approximately 200 people attended the service conducted by local minister Max Pratt. Cowart was remembered as much for his sense of humor, kindness, generosity and friendship as he was for his business savvy and commitment to the community.

A scholarship fund has been set up in Cowart's name. Donations may be mailed to: David Cowart Memorial Scholarship at 1910 Hutchings Ave, Ballinger, TX, 76821.

David Leon Cowart: October 10, 1951- April 6, 2021.