Russellville Business Community Mourns Loss of Cogswells

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It’s business as usual at Cogswell Motors in Russellville, but Main Street is mourning.

The community is still in shock after news broke Tuesday that Keith Cogswell, 55, and his wife, Leanna, 39, were both found shot dead in their home.

“I used to cut his Dad’s hair,” Gerald Chenowith says.

“We bought cars from him.”

The front page of a newspaper — that many found hard to believe — greeted customers at Chenowith’s barber shop downtown.

“Community man. Well respected,” Chenowith says describing Keith Cogswell.

Community members say not only did the Cogswells run their popular dealership but also a nearby gym.

“They were very successful, and they employed a lot of people,” Paul Harvel says. 

Harvel serves as the president of the Russellville Chamber of Commerce. He says there was potential for future projects. 

“He [Keith] owned quite a bit of land that was good for some real good sites in Russellville that would have been real good for retail development or any development.”

As a sheriff’s investigation continues, questions now echo across the blue-collar town.

“What’s happened here? What brought this on?” Charles Bishop asks himself.

A couple known by many leaves behind an emotional and economical impact.

“This is a shock and a tragedy to everybody in the Russellville area.”

As of Wednesday afternoon The Pope county sheriff had not released who shot whom in investigation into the couple’s deaths. Keith and LeAnna Cogswell leave behind three children.

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