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Coward, Preston L.

April 12, 1987 –
 June 3, 2021


Preston Lynn Coward, beloved son of Myra Ruano Benoit and Kevin Coward, was born April 12, 1987, in Dallas, Texas and passed away on June 3, 2021, in Dallas at the age of 34. Preston graduated from Plano Senior High School, attended Louisiana State University, and graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in finance.  He worked for Bank of America.  He loved to play golf, watch the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavs, LSU & Texas Tech football.  His absolute favorite spot to vacation was Puerto Rico.  He loved his family, especially his parents, and his friends (The “P” Town Gang & Mud Dogs Fantasy Football). Preston was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents; Irma and Clifford Rachal and Jose Ruano; paternal grandfather, Dennis Courtney.  He is survived by his beloved mother, Myra Ruano Benoit of Dallas, TX; father, Kevin Coward “Pop” (Jennifer) of DeRidder, LA; brother, Wesley Coward; sister, Victoria DeLome; grandmother, Jennie Courtney “Nana”; and grandparents, Tommy and Doris Coward. On Friday, June 11, 2021, a brief prayer service will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church, 9807 Church Road, Dallas, TX at 4:30pm followed by a Celebration of Life at the Hilton Anatole Hotel (Coronado Ballroom in the Ser Tower far entrance) at 6:30pm. Please direct all flower and plant deliveries to Myra Ruano Benoit, Room 2474 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel (2201 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207).  These deliveries will be transferred to the Coronado Ballroom for the service. Hotel reservations may be arranged at a special group rate by clicking here

Preston, “You are my sun, my moon, and all my stars. I did not give you the gift of life as much as life gave me the gift of you. You are forever in my heart” Love, Mom


“Death leaves a heartache that no man can heal. Love leaves a memory that no man can steal.” Thank you for the memories Preston… Love, Pop


    Jodi Bernard
    7 Jun 2021

    I spent some time with Preston when visiting family in TX and he and my son were friends. He will be missed gone far too soon. RIP Preston ♥️ My sincere condolences to the family.

    Lewis Goodrum
    7 Jun 2021

    My sincere condolences to the family of Preston Coward. He always knew how to make everyone smile, a cherished gift he possessed.

    The Spears family
    7 Jun 2021

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

    Tammy W Victor
    7 Jun 2021

    Friends, my heart aches for y’all.

    Kris Roberts
    7 Jun 2021

    Kevin you’re in my thoughts and prayers. I love you friend, so sorry for your loss.

    Pepe Ruano
    7 Jun 2021

    I remember holding you in my arms the day you were born like it was yesterday.Preston I love you and will miss you Till we meet again. Uncle Pep

    Tammy McSweeney Thornton
    7 Jun 2021

    Sending LOVE & PRAYERS !!!

    Hector Santiago
    7 Jun 2021

    I hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. My condolences to you and your family.

    Miyady Velázquez
    7 Jun 2021

    Mi querida amiga, cuanto lamento ver esta noticia, confío que el Dios de PAZ llene tu corazón, cuerpo y espíritu. Que Dios sea añadiendo consuelo a tu vida y que continuamente te permita disfrutar el recuerdo de todos los años que Papá te permitió tener a Preston, disfrutarlo y todos los momentos agradables que pudieron compartir muy unidos. Recibe mi abrazo. Cariños

    Steve Woodard Jr.
    7 Jun 2021

    My condolences Bro. Kevin and Sis. Jennifer. My heart is heavy and I pray that you and your loved ones can find peace in Jesus Christ. Love you guys.

    Janene Ward
    7 Jun 2021

    Myra my heart aches for you…many prayers friend.

    Janene Ward
    7 Jun 2021

    Myra there are no words…many prayers friend.

    Joycelyn frye
    7 Jun 2021

    I am sorry for your loss

    Cynthia Garner
    7 Jun 2021

    My deepest sympathy to the family. Praying for your strength and healing.

    Teresa Weismann
    8 Jun 2021

    Myra,Kevin and family there are no words Preston always had a hug and a big smile my prayers and thoughts are with you may the memories and God be the anchor through this storm love you

    Melissa Daniels
    8 Jun 2021

    Sending love and prayers to you both, Myra and Kevin. I love you both very much. So so sorry for your loss.

    Phyllis McBride
    8 Jun 2021

    I’m so very sorry! I know first hand how much this hurts. Lost my daughter when she was 34. God’s comfort to all of you!

    LuWanna UpChurch
    8 Jun 2021

    Myra, Kevin and family. I’m really still in shock and immediately my heart broke for your entire families. Please know when I put this down I will go into prayer just for Preston and your family. Much love for you all. LuWanna
    8 Jun 2021

    My sincere condolences on the loss of your son.

    Phyllis Wilson
    8 Jun 2021

    So sorry for your loss will be praying for all of you for the days ahead

    Alisa Yancy
    8 Jun 2021

    Kevin you and your family have my LOVE and PRAYERS ….

    Katherine Brownell
    8 Jun 2021

    Dear ama. Benoit: You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you. The Brownell family – Dell, Michael & Kristine

    Rafferty Family
    8 Jun 2021

    We are so sorry prayers for u all

    Aunt Caroline and Uncle Bob
    8 Jun 2021

    Always in our hearts, Preston.

    Lalo Rivas
    8 Jun 2021

    I know he was the light of your eyes!!! I’m so sorry for your loss!!

    Priscilla Delgado
    8 Jun 2021

    My deepest heartfelt condolences! Sorry for your loss. Praying for you

    Marlene Zayas
    8 Jun 2021

    Mi querida amiga, siento mucho lo de Preston, le pido a Dios que te de fortaleza en estos momentos difíciles, siento mucho por lo que estas pasando se que no hay palabras para consolarte, solo Dios puede llenar tu alma de consuelo. Que descanse en paz! Un abrazo desde Puerto Rico!

    Tammie Watson Midkiff
    8 Jun 2021

    Myra and Kevin…We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son, Preston. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Craig and Tammie

    Elizabeth McGee
    8 Jun 2021

    Michael and I are so sorry for your loss. Preston was a beautiful soul, you raised a wonderful young man! We will be praying for you and your family! All our Love! Michael & Elizabeth McGee

    Tammie and Ernest Deason
    8 Jun 2021

    Our heart hurts so bad for you all. We know how much you all love Preston. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Preston Coward.

    Debbie and Robert Maddox
    9 Jun 2021

    So sorry to here about The loss of Preston we are in your prayers and we know it’s hard to deal with but God is always by your side praying for y’all

    Stephen England
    9 Jun 2021

    So sorry to hear of Preston’s passing.
    Stephen E

    Veronica Drisker-Kolhagen
    9 Jun 2021

    To Myra and Family! So so sorry for the lost of Preston! I pray for you and family!

    Veronica Drisker-Kolhagen
    9 Jun 2021

    To Myra and Family! So so sorry for the lost of Preston!

    The Morales'
    9 Jun 2021

    Myra, we are deeply saddened by the passing of your beloved son, Preston! We lift you up in prayer for the consolation you need to find peace and comfort. You raised an incredible individual and he will always remain your sun, moon, and stars! Strong hugs to you and all the family! xoxo

    Walter Rodriguez
    9 Jun 2021

    Mis más sentidos pésame, amiga todo en la vida tiene un propósito, Dios te de las fuerzas para recuperarte de esta situacion.
    (My condolences, friend, everything in life has a purpose, God give you the strength to recover from this situation.)

    Olivia de Santiago
    9 Jun 2021

    My heart is aching for you! I am praying for you and your family.

    10 Jun 2021

    We were so disheartened by the loss of your son. Knowing the heartache of losing your child added to the grief. Those big eyes of his made me smile, though. Love and prayers for all affected by this tragedy. ❤️

    Lon Thrasher
    10 Jun 2021

    Thinking of you and your family. Peace and love be with you all.

    Denise &Merrell Bailey
    10 Jun 2021

    So sorry for your loss Kevin praying for you all.

    Dienne Almeida
    10 Jun 2021

    My heartfelt condolences to you and to your family Miss Benoit!
    -Almeida Family

    Taisa Gaia
    11 Jun 2021

    My heart aches for you Myra. May God holds you in His arms in this moment to give you comfort and strength:

    Taisa Gaia
    11 Jun 2021

    My heart aches for you Myra. So sorry for your loss.

    Teri Ferry
    11 Jun 2021

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. I know God will help you all at this time and always.

    Janice Rehg
    12 Jun 2021

    We are so sorry for your loss. Preston was always so helpful and a great friend to many. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Ed and Janice Rehg

    Cindy Lewis
    13 Jun 2021

    Preston was your greatest blessing of all and he will continue to live forever in your heart. Lifting you up in prayers for strength to get you through all the days of your life. I love you.

    Johanna Bortnem
    14 Jun 2021

    Myra, You have been on my heart and in my prayers. I know Preston meant the world to you. I’m sorry we were out of town last week. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

    28 May 2022

    Thank you so much for everything. You are an amazing soul, you have heart of gold and you were there for me in the perfect time of my life. You will be missed so much by so many. It won’t be the same without you but you will always remain in our hearts and memories. May we meet again.

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