Obits For The Sowell Surname
From Tate County, Mississippi

Obit Of
Ira Madison Sowell

The Democrat
 Feb 19, 1953 


Deepest and sincere sympathy for the entire family of Mr. Ira Sowell who passed away last Friday. Last March Mr. Sowell was stricken with paralysis. He has been confined to his bed and suffered so much every since. On the fifth of February he suffered another stroke. Pneumonia set in and he passed away February 13,. He leaves his wife, 12 children, 27 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, three brothers and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his passing. Rev. B P. Buskirk and Rev. A. ? Abernathy said the funeral rites with Brantley Funeral Home in charge. Interment was made in Greenleaf Cemetery.

Obit Of 
Martha (Mattie) Hadaway Sowell

The Desoto Times
Date of Paper Is Unknown


Mrs. Mattie Sowell, , died last Thursday evening in a Memphis Hospital.

Note: Mrs. Mattie Sowell died July 4th 1929  at the Baptist Hospital in Memphis, TN. She was buried at the Greenleaf Cemetery in Tate County.

Obit Of
Donnie E McMaster Sowell

Tate County Democrat 
May 4, 1916

Unfortunate Tragedy Shocks Community

The entire Bowman Community was shocked last Thursday night when it became generally known that Mrs. Ed. Sowell had shot herself after first shooting her son, Chester.

Mrs. Sowell had been in very bad health for more than a year and in the last few months her mind had become affected. She was never allowed to be alone and when Mr. Sowell was absent, Chester, their sixteen year old son, kept his Mother company, looking after her every need.

Friday, Mr. Sowell had gone to Halls Mill and did not return until about five in the afternoon. He had started to unhitch his team when he heard the report of a shotgun in the house. Running to the door he found it fastened and had to force his way into the house through the kitchen window. On the bed lay his wife, with the side of her throat terribly lacerated and the gun on the floor nearby.

Mr. Sowell hastily summoned his neighbors and soon quite a number had gathered. A vigorous search was instituted for Chester Sowell, it being presumed at first that he had gone on some errand or had gone hunting. In moving the body of the unfortunate woman the cover was moved and revealed the body of her son. An ugly wound in his throat explained the method of his death.

The funeral services were held at Mt Zion Cemetery Friday afternoon in the presence of several hundred neighbors and friends. Rev. McGee officiating, Mr. Henry Wallace assisting.

The most sincere and heartfelt sympathies of his many friends are extended Mr. Sowell in his great grief.


Obit Of
James Madison Sowell

Tate County Democrat
 May 14, 1936


 On May 5, at 2 o'clock a.m. Mr. Jim Sowell died at his home near Mt Manna Church. He suffered a Paralytic stroke from which he never rallied. He was 75 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bettie Craddock Sowell; four sons, Ira, Ernest, Fred and Emmett Sowell; a host of grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Mr. Sowell was born, reared and had lived his entire life in the Mt Manna Community. He was a man possessed of an abundance of energy and will power. He was honest, hard working and broadminded.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. B. F. Hammond, on Wednesday, at Greenleaf Church, which was filled to overflowing with sorrowing relatives and friends.

Interment was in Greenleaf Cemetery with Brantley, Undertakers, in charge.


Obit Of
John A Sowell

Senatobia Democrat
Feb 14, 1908, Alphaba

After being confined over two months with consumption, Major John A. Sowell, passed away on Wednesday morning the 5th inst., at the home of his son, W. T. Sowell, near Palestine, where he was staying. He lacked a few days of reaching the ripe old age of 85 years. His remains were laid to rest in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. The writer extends his deepest sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Feb 14, 1908, Quickly Told

Major John A. Sowell died on Wednesday morning of last week. He was in his 85th year. His remains were interred in the Mt Zion Cemetery. He was living with his son, W. T. Sowell, near Palestine, at the time of his death.

Obit Of 
Emmett Sowell

The Democrat
 June 24, 1965 

East Independence

Our Community has been saddened again by the passing of another of our life long residents, Mr. Emmett Sowell, who died at the Methodist Hospital Sunday night and was laid to rest in the New Garden Cemetery, Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Sowell will be greatly missed.

Obit Of
Mr. Fred Sowell

The Democrat
 September 7, 1967 

Funeral Services were held at Greenleaf Methodist Church Sunday, September 3, at 3:00 for Fred Sowell, 73, retired farmer.

He was a native of Tate County and died September 1, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis after a brief illness.

Officiating ministers were Rev Bob Carpenter and Leon Burton. Interment in the church cemetery Brantley Funeral Home at Olive Branch, Miss in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Chester Sowell, Glynn Stevens, Harvey Graham, Fred Clayton, William Harrison, Elmer Greer and Leonard Embrey.

Mr. Sowell was a member of the Greenleaf Methodist Church. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Willie White Sowell, three sons, Lamar Sowell and Floyd Sowell of Cockrum, Miss, and Harold Sowell of Memphis; five daughters, Mrs. Charlie Whitaker, Mrs. Floyd Walker of Memphis, Mrs. Boyce Davis of Olive Branch, Mrs. George Walker of Cockrum and Mrs. Hurbert Ferguson of Independence; and one brother, Earnest Sowell of Coldwater; twenty one grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Obit Of
Mrs. Willie White Sowell

Desoto Times
 January 28, 1982 

Mrs. Willie White Sowell, 89, of Nesbit, widow of Fred Sowell, died January 23 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Kay Whitaker of Nesbit. Services were held Jan 25 at Brantley Funeral Home in Hernando, with burial in Greenleaf Cemetery near Coldwater.

She also leaves two other daughters, Mrs. Florence Davis of Olive Branch and Mrs. Lois Walker of Hernando, and a son, Harold Sowell of Memphis.

Obit of
Lucille Pryor Sowell

Tate County Democrat 
April 28, 1988 

Mrs. Lucille Pryor Sowell, 85, of Golden, formerly of Tate County, died Friday, April 15, at the Itawamba County Hospital.

For the past 11 years her home was at Daniel Nursing Home, Fulton. She was the widow of Oren Lee Sowell and a member of the Belmont Church of Christ.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 17, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont, with M Wayne Mitchell officiating. Burial was in the Ridge Cemetery.

Mrs. Sowell is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Pauline Wheeler of Belmont, Mrs. Audrey Cochran of Senatobia and Mrs. Faye Anderson of Great Falls, Mont; three sons: L B Sowell and Perry Sowell of Senatobia and Harold Sowell of Greenville; two sisters: Ms Doris Woolfolk of Arkabutla and Mrs. Evie Harrell of Coldwater; one brother: Herbert Pryor of Coldwater; 21 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

The Pallbearers were: Perkins Cochran, Jr., Larry Hammack, Terry Hammack, Jimmy Sowell, James Wall, Billy Wheeler, and Jack Wheeler. 

Obit of
William Earl Sowell, Jr

The Democrat April 8, 1997

Mr. William Earl Sowell, Jr., 75, of Senatobia died Tuesday, April 1, 1997, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto.

Services were held April 2 at C O Pate Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Looxahoma Crossroads Cemetery. Mike Jones officiated. Mr. Sowell, also leaves a son, William Earl Sowell, III, of Southaven; a sister, Annie Lee Boyd, and a brother, Leonard Sowell, both of Looxahoma, and two grandsons, John Mark Sowell of Collierville and Jael David Sowell of Oxford.

Pallbearers were Clifford Scott, Chad Williams, Ronnie Sowell, Gerry Sowell, Sid Johnson, and David Williams.

Mr. Sowell was a retired auto parts manager.

Obit of 
George M. Sowell

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, date unknown
Owner of Auto Firm Dies After Long Illness

George M Sowell of 4901 Walnut Grove Road, owner and operator of Tri State Motor Co at 681 Union died at 5 p.m. yesterday at his home after a long illness.

Born in Independence, Miss, Mr. Sowell retired from the auto firm about five years ago but retained ownership until his death. He had operated it about 25 years.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Edna Mae "Jackie" Sowell, a brother, Ben Sowell of 1161 Rutland, and two sisters, Mrs. Homer Gish 1571 Jackson and Mrs. Clara Powell of 680 Richmond.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at National Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park.

Obit of
Lizzie Cordelia Embrey Sowell

The Commercial Appeal,Tuesday,
June 28,1994 
Coldwater-Lizzie Cordelia Sowell

Lizzie Cordelia Sowell, 75, homemaker, died of congestive heart failure Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Palestine Methodist Church near here, where she was a member, with burial in the church cemetery. Brantley-Phillips Funeral Home of Hernando has charge. Mrs. Sowell, the wife of Willie Marvin Sowell, also leaves four sons, Kenneth Sowell of Huntsville, Ala., Johnny Sowell of Meridian, and Dennis Sowell and Bill Sowell, both of Coldwater; two sisters, Annie Graham of Senatobia and Zylphia Bobbitt of Memphis; a brother, Carl Embrey of Batesville, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Obit of
Joe L Sowell

The Commercial Appeal Nov 7, 1998

Joe L Sowell, 83, of Collierville, retired engineer at Memphis Bank and Trust, died of cancer Friday at his home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Collierville Funeral Home with burial in Magnolia Cemetery. He was a member of Central Church, a Mason and a World War II Army veteran with service in the Pacific Theater. Mr Sowell, the husband of Frankie Lewis Sowell, also leaves two daughters, Sherry Sowell-Carter and Vickie Sowell Hill, both of Collierville; a sister, Josie Fay Courtney, and a brother, Ikey Sowell, both of Memphis, and four grandchildren.

This Page Updated January 31, 2010


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