Heady-Hardy Funeral Home

7710 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY


Ethel Elizabeth Sowders

June 7, 1935October 27, 2019

Ethel E. Sowders, 84, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2019.

Ethel was a member of Gospel Kingdom Church and had worked for Brown & Williamson for a number of years.

She was preceded in death by her husband James Sowders. Survivors include her daughter Paula Perkins (Tim); granddaughter, Clara Perkins; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her funeral service will be held at 12:00 pm Saturday at Gospel Kingdom Church, 4742 Cane run Road, followed by burial at Gospel Kingdom Campground Cemetery (Shepherdsville). Visitation will be 4-8 pm Thursday and 1-8 pm Friday at Heady-Hardy Funeral Home, 7710 Dixie Highway, and after 11:00 am Saturday at the church.


  • Visitation Thursday, October 31, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 2, 2019


Ethel Elizabeth Sowders

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Brianna Setzer

November 1, 2019

Dear Nanna, I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve been seeing you almost everyday since August. I’ll never forget the memories we shared. The shopping sprees you took me and Clara on, the times you would walk over to me after bible class to say you were happy to see me. I’ll never forget working with you during VBS, running around with you and Paula, all the Christmas Day’s we spent together. I’ll never forget the times you would let me read my essays to you and how you would support me through my college classes. You were the best nanna and second grandma I could’ve ever asked for. I’m going to miss you so much. I can’t believe you’re gone. But I am happy you are reunited with your beloved husband James and up there with Jesus and God. I know you’ve been ready to go there for a long time and now you have made it. I love you nanna and I’m going to miss you every day. Thank you for being the best there ever was.
~ Your Little Buddy

T. W. Hummel

October 31, 2019

To the memory of her faithfulness in the Body of Christ.
God Bless and keep her family in His loving arms.

Bryan Wisdom Ohiirwe Uganda

October 30, 2019

Well, my love and prayers go out to the family and the Brethren ,I have never met her face to face, but I know she was a Faithful sister in christ and served Gods people with love , and I know that we shall see her again in the kingdom when we reunite with our loved ones , and the Great man of God Bro James Sowders, May we find Comfort in the lord Jesus and his ressurection power. The kingdom is nearer than ever before.

Nancy Herndon

October 29, 2019

Paula, I am so sorry. Your mom was a sweetheart. I remember her helping us one day at school, and I think it was the first time we were having breakfast for lunch. The eggs were taking longer than we thought they would, and I can picture her standing at the stove stirring a huge pan of eggs! She was taking it all in stride! You and your family will be in my prayers.

Lomene Napoleon

October 29, 2019

I met Sr ethel one year ago in my church. She was very friendly and always be there to greet me. She even comes in my seat when I am in church to greet and always welcome me to be a member of this church. Few months ago she decided to do my baby shower which she was really on her feet to cook for me. She was even come to me to dedicate my baby in church so they can pray for him. The last word I told her I m happy to see you today and she was asking me to touch my baby. She was a very good sister and her role was like a mother, a companionship for the church. She was very brave and strength to drive at 83 yrs old. I m greatful to know her and spend some Sunday and weekdays worshiping with her. Me and my family will truly miss you. I will keep the family in prayer and may the lord strength them at this moment

Teresa (Adkins) Johnson

October 29, 2019

So many times when I was too young to drive, you and Bro. Sowders would give me a ride to church when I had no other way. That meant the world to me.

In the ensuing years, any time you saw me, you'd greet me with that sweet smile. You'd always say, "I miss you and I'm praying for you." Again, that meant a lot to me. You were always, "The real deal!"

Rest joyfully in the Lord! We'll meet again!