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“expressing deepest sympathy for the loss of a dear loved loved one ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: tonia melina - waubun, MN

“thoughts and prayers ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: calvin and paula littlewolf-sampson and family - MN

“Andre was a gentle giant with lots of love and compassion. He will be greatly missed. My prayers are with his family and may the God of all...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Valerie Delancy and Family - FL

“Dre - You are the love of my life!! You left me to soon, we had so many plans that we never got to complete. I don't know how I am to go on without...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Alecia Sampson Cowins - SD - Wife

“So sorry for your loss Al. I cannot imagine what you're going through but I hope you always know I will be here for you. Love you sister. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Nicki Peterson - Mitchell, SD

“Our deepest sympathy for your family and our heartfelt prayers are with you. Time is not measured by the years that we live, but by the deeds that we...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Linda Axson - Dublin, GA - Cousin

“You will be missed. Love you. Grace Cowins-Samuel and Family ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Grace Cowins - Atlanta, GA

“At this time of sorrow, May these truths sustain you all.. Your loved one will always Be as close as a memory, And the God of all comfort Will...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Willie &Ruby Parker

“My sincere sympathy. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Marla Lesmeister - Piedmont, , SD

“Andre was a very thoughtful person. He often kept in touch to say hello and let me know how he was doing. I will miss hearing from Andre. I will...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Joyce Cowins - Aunt


Funeral services for Andre Cowins, 32, of Eagle Butte, SD, will be Saturday, Nov. 17 at 11:00am, MST at First Baptist Church, Eagle Butte. Burial will follow at Eagle Butte Cemetery. Meet at the 4 mile jct. at 5:00PM on Friday, Nov. 16 to proceed to the First Baptist Church for an all-night wake with services beginning at 7:00PM. Andre entered the spirit world November 9, 2012 in Eagle Butte. Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge.

Andre Brandon Cowins was born January 6, 1980 at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida, to Billy Cowins and Barbara Hampton. At age 5, Andre entered kindergarten at Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Because he was a child of over-average stature, he was thought to be 8 years old. He attended Brentwood Elementary School and then Nathan B. Young Elementary. He attended North Dade Middle School and Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School as well as Carol City High School. He joined the Job Corps in Station, South Carolina, taking courses in carpentry.

He followed his passion of writing as a poet, publishing a collection of his work called "Beyond Experience". He also developed an interest in cooking.
Around November of 2002, Andre desired to spend time with his older brother, Keith, in Aberdeen, SD. on November 2, 2004 his daughter Jamira was born. He met Alecia Sampson and moved to Eagle Butte in 2005. He and Alecia were married on September 29, 2007. He enrolled in college in the fall of 2008, taking communications classes.

Dre, as he was often called, loved playing with children, collecting sponge bob memorabilia, helping others and spending time with his daughter. He was always ready for a new adventure and enjoyed traveling. He worked in maintenance for the city of Eagle Butte, the Eagle Butte Post Office and cooked and washed dishes at the Outrider Cafe.

Andre is survived by his wife, Alecia; daughter, Jamira; son, Nation; step-children, Britney and Kim; mother, Barbara Hampton; father, Bill Cowins; siblings Christopher Hampton, Raquel Hampton, Cory Cowins, Jamel Cowins and Keith Cowins; his in-laws, Vivian and Hayes Sampson; sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and John Maynard and their children, Echo, Sierra and Josee; grandchildren, Natalie and Christopher along with nieces, nephews and cousins too numerous to list.

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