SOWDERS--Travis Lee, (March 12, 1975 June 11, 2014). Travis Lee Sowders, age 39, of West Hollywood, CA died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Los Angeles, CA. He was an extraordinary partner, son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, and all around bon vivant. Travis is survived by his partner Rob Six of West Hollywood, CA; parents, Ancil and Lynn Sowders of Barbourville, KY; his sister, Synthia Sowders of Barbourville, KY; his nieces, Lillian and Audra Partin; many dear and beloved aunts and uncles; friends from around the world; and his beloved dog, Sofie. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William and Cordia Graham and his paternal grandparents, Bev and Betty Sowders. Contributions can be made to the Liberty Hill Foundation/ Travis Sowders Future Fund, which will be invested in causes such as K-12 education and equality and advancement of at-risk youth. Tax-deductible contributions can be mailed to 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 700, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Funeral services for Travis will be conducted at the East Barbourville Baptist Church, Monday, June 23, 2014 at 1:00pm. Burial will follow in the Barbourville Cemetery. Friends will be received at the East Barbourville Baptist Church, Monday, June 23, 2014 after 11:00am until the funeral hour at 1:00pm. A second celebration of life for Travis will be held in Washington, DC on Saturday, June 28th at Evermay Mansion in Georgetown from 6pm to 8pm. All are welcome.
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Published in The New York Times on June 22, 2014