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Tonya Lynn Smith Cowart
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Birth: Jul. 23, 1959
Death: Nov. 9, 2011

Tonya Lynn Cowart a native and lifelong resident of Mobile passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at her residence. Mrs. Cowart a Nashville recording artist, and lead singer for the Last Light Band for over 30 years, received numerous awards from the Inspirational Country Music Association in Nashville, TN, was a founding member of Cross River Church in Mobile and the Cowboy Church of Mobile. She and her husband were the founders of Aaron Oil Company head quartered in Mobile, AL which is celebrating 30 years of business this year. Mrs. Cowart is survived by her husband Dan Cowart of Mobile, AL, son Zach (Misty) Cowart of Mobile, her mother Dimple Smith of Mobile, AL, one sister, three brothers all of Mobile, AL, six grandchildren. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday November 19, 2011 at 9AM at Life Church of Mobile. The family and friends will be welcome on Friday November 18, 2011 for an intimate time of reflection and a memorial for this Special Servant of God from 5 until 8PM at Pine Crest Funeral Home located on Dauphin Island Parkway. Interment will be in Pine Crest West Cemetery.
Published in the Press-Register from November 12 to November 19, 2011

Tonya knew from an early age “she was born to sing!”. She started out by singing in nightclubs before she was even old enough to even be there. It didn’t matter where or when, she just wanted to sing. Since she was a single mother with a six year old, she knew nightclub life was not the life she wanted for her child and herself. She met her husband Dan in 1979, and her life took a drastic turn first by accepting Christ as her Savior. Dan and Tonya were married and started their new life by forming 'The Last Light Band'. She became a dedicated musician using her talent, her passion, and her life experience to inspire and encourage others singing songs that tell a story of real life experiences, struggles, and victories for God's glory from 1980-2011. Even after death she continues to inspire many through her timeless music!

Last Light Band Awards: (The Last Light Band was the most award winning trio in the history of Inspirational Country Music)
• ICM Vocal Group of the Year 2008
• ICM Trio of the Year 2004
• ICM Trio of the Year 2005

Tonya Lynn's album – Back To My First Love

A Matter Of Time
All My Tears
Angel Dance
Back To My First Love
In America
Never Gonna Give Up On You
Perfect World
Sweetest Gift
That’s What Love Can Do
The Devil Is Angel Too

Family links: 
  Bernard A Smith (1933 - 2002)
Pine Crest Cemetery West
Mobile County
Alabama, USA
Maintained by: Lani Arnold
Originally Created by: Carolyn
Record added: Nov 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80330721
Tonya Lynn <i>Smith</i> Cowart
Added by: Carolyn
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Singing with the angels now.
- Lani Arnold
 Added: Jul. 4, 2013

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