John Barrett Sowell John Barrett (J.B.) Sowell, Jr., died on Saturday, June 22, 2013, after suffering a stroke this past April. J.B. was born October 13, 1928, in Hereford, Texas, to John Barrett Sowell, Sr. and Leona Goad Sowell. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Johny, sister Myra Jo Paschal and niece Jill Paschal. J.B. is survived by his sons Steven Sowell, wife Christiane; Michael Sowell; and Leslie Sowell and wife Molly; grandchildren Jennifer, Joshua, Nicholas, and Carson; great-grandson Noah; sister and brother-in-law Lynn and Eugene Jennings; sisters-in-law Billie Wolff, Margaret Mathies and Darlene Crofford; and numerous nieces and nephews.
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J.B. grew up in small town Hereford and was the captain of the high school football team. On December 8, 1945, he married football sweetheart Johny Sexton when he was seventeen and she was just shy of sixteen. They shared sixty-four years together before her death in 2010 and the home they created was based on love, strength, humor and loyalty. Family life was centered around their sons and there were many special outings, vacations in the mountains of New Mexico, and treks to all the boys' sporting events.
When the Korean War broke out in 1950 J.B. enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in Korea and Japan. He was trained as an air traffic controller and made that his career when he returned to civilian life. He worked first at Hobby Airport and later at Bush Intercontinental Airport, retiring after thirty seven years of service. He then worked for a number of years at Millcon Supply before finally retiring to spend time in his beloved workshop. J.B. was a master craftsman at woodworking, creating beautiful objects known for their perfection and attention to detail.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Calvary Hill Funeral Home, 21723 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, Texas. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 27 at 11:00 am at Faith United Methodist Church, Spring, Texas. Interment to follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name at www.faithumcspring.org.
Published in Houston Chronicle on June 25, 2013