I worked with Ms. Sowell at Mobile Public and admired her dedication to her job and to the individuals who came into the library. My sympathy to her family.
Joyce was a wonderful lady! We have missed her at First Baptist Church of Mobile for several years. She was a devoted church member and Women on Missions leader and member. Joyce was also the "chauffeur" for a group of ladies who lived in the same apartment complex as she in Mobile. She will be greatly missed by many people.
My prayers go out to Ms. Sowells' family. She taught me what I needed to know to be a productive employee. She was my great friend as well as mentor. She will be truly missed!
I was blessed to be chosen to meet Joyce at the bus station when she arrived for her job at Mobile Public Library. We spent the next two days together finding a furnished apartment near a bus line as she did not have a car. We were all so thankful when she finally got her first car and we didn't have to worry about her standing at a bus stop when she worked the late shift at the library. She was a classy lady and we all loved working with her. Phyllis Allen, Retired MPL Staff member.
My condolences to the Sowell and Utley families. I always enjoyed listening to her stories about her adventures and travels. She had a great sense of humor as well.
Although I never met Ms Sowell, I read Her obit in the Press Register and recalled living near Mr. George Sowell's store in Kosciusko. One of my earliest memories is standing at our screen door with my brother watching the train go by. Although I was about three years old, I remember going to Sowell's store. This was 1944 or 45 while my Dad was away in the Pacific Theater. My husband remembers buying his first bubble gum in Mr. Sowell's store when it became available after the war. JF Townsend, Grand Bay, AL
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
I always admired her sense of independence and her love of travel, how she made it a priority to see the world. On one of her trips, to Europe, she stopped in New York City and we "kicked up our heels" at the Rainbow Room, a memory I will treasure forever. Joyce love of books was instrumental in helping my mom conceive our hometown library. She will be missed. I like to think of her & her sister (my mom) walking hand in hand in heaven, maybe down a row of tomato plants on a sunny day, to pick for a sandwich with the homemade mayonnaise my mom use to make.-- Holly, her niece
I met Miss Sowell in the 1960's when she was my supervisor in the Reference Department of the Mobile Public Library. Her love and dedication to learning and the library was evident then and throughout her life. She was an inspiration and a pleasure to know.
Joyce was my first "boss" after I finished library school and began work at the Moorer Library in Mobile. She was a wonderful person and I have remebered her fondly through the years. Please accept my deepest sympathy on her passing.