Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 20, 2012, at New Zion Baptist Church near Oak Grove, La. The Reverends Greg Dunn and Mark Presswood will officiate. Interment will follow in the Delhi Masonic Cemetery in Delhi, La.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until noon today, Oct. 20, 2012, at New Zion Baptist Church.
Harvey Ray graduated from Crowville High School. He attended Northeast Louisiana State College in Monroe, La., and graduated from barber school in New Orleans, La. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country from 1957 to 1961 on board the U.S.S. Cabildo. He married Dora Dean McPherson on Dec. 20, 1957. Mr. Sowell was a faithful husband, Christian, patriot, employee, father and grandfather.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Sidney Guy Sowell and Irene Douglas Sowell; and one brother, William Talmadge Sowell.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dean Sowell of Oak Grove, La.; two daughters, Deanie Presswood and her husband, Mark, and Debbi Rhea Jennings and her husband, Michael, all of Jasper; four grandchildren, Allyson Rhea Presswood of New Orleans, La., John Andrew Presswood of Baton Rouge, La., Rebekah Grace Presswood of Jasper, and Brittany Rhea Jennings of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Joseph Walter Sowell and his wife, Jane, of Columbia, S.C.; and one sister, Katie Ruth Smith and her husband, Tommy, of Alexandria, La.
Pallbearers will be John Presswood, Steven Mitchell, James Michael Mitchell, Jonathan Bain, Josh Ratliff, and Shawn Corley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Chester Abernathy, Jesse Abernathy, Billy Scoggins, Ed Bain, Pete Clark, Delton Ray Dartlon, Marvin Warren, Edward Hilton and John House.
You may register private condolences to the family online at www.coxfuneral.com.
Cox Funeral Home, Oak Grove, La; 318-428-3263