The Obit For Bill Sowell

William Sowell
September. 28, 2012

William Chesley “Bill” Sowell, 83, of Ozark, formerly of Fort Smith, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, in Fort Smith. He was born Aug. 19, 1929, in Olive Branch, Miss., to William Chesley and Athene Brigance Sowell. He was a retired Crawford and Company insurance adjustor and past president of the Fort Smith Claims Association. He was a member of Grenades Chapel United Methodist Church, a charter member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and an ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church. He was a lifetime member of the Fort Smith Boys Club Alumni Association and coached Little League Boys Club baseball for 30 years. He was a member of Buffalo Buzzards Canoe Group. He played for the Detroit Tigers Minor League baseball system. He was a graduate of Memphis State University and a graduate of Northwest Mississippi Junior College. He served with the 31st Infantry Dixie Division in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lucy King Sowell of Ozark; a daughter, Kristi Williamson and her husband David of Muldrow; a son, Monty Sowell and his fiancee Christi Moss, of Springdale; a son, Scott Sowell and his wife Lynn of Fort Smith; his grandchildren, Kallie and Kourtney Williamson of Muldrow, Kaitlin Sowell of Russellville and Evan and Abby Sowell of Little Rock; stepgrandchildren, Michael and Kayleigh Anderson of Greenwood and Ashley Anderson of Fort Smith; a stepgreat-grandchild, Taylyn Anderson of Greenwood; a sister, Betty Ward of Olive Branch; several nieces and nephews; and a special grandniece, Blair Mefferd.

Funeral service was Saturday at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark with the Rev. Mark Cloninger and the Rev. John Noggle officiating and burial at Duncan Cemetery in Ozark under direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were David Williamson, David Savage, Mike Paxton, Loren Ward, Adam Wood, Randy Mefford and Michael Anderson.

Honorary pallbearers were George Sims, Jerry Glidewell, Amir Abdul-Khaliq, Dr. Charles Jennings, the Honorable Robert Dawson, Toby Breeden and Frank Taylor Cox.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Boys and Girls Club, 4905 N. O St., Fort Smith, AR 72904; or to Grenades Chapel, 12627 Hwy. 23 N., Ozark, AR 72949,