James Donald Sowder Sr.

July 18, 1951October 6, 2021

James Donald Sowder Sr. , 70, entered into rest on October 6th, 2021.

He is preceded in death by his dad, Leroy Sowder; mom, Lillian Sowder; son, R.J. Sowder; brother, Lee Sowder; and Sister, Linda Frizzell. James leaves behind his Significant other, Sarah Barnes; their dog Cocco; daughter, Shawna Sowder Clark (Jeff); son, James Sowder Jr.; sister Shirly Bruce; brothers, Dale Sowder, (Marie), Tony Sowder (Cathy), Steve Sowder; grandchildren, Lilly Cummins, And Isabelle Clark.

James also leaves his great grand-dog Olive, and many nieces, nephews, and lot of friends.

A memorial service for James will be held Saturday 16th at 6:00pm at Advantage funeral home (10907 Dixie highway). Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00pm until service time at the funeral home.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 16, 2021


James Donald Sowder Sr.

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Holly Sowder

October 16, 2021

Uncle Donnie, my heart is broken right now. I know ur up there with mom n papaw and Linda and Lee and I'm sure they were all waiting at the pearly gates with open arms. I am going to miss u so much and I just wish I could've told u that I loved u and hugged u one more time. U were my uncle daddy when I was a little girl and u will always be my uncle daddy and ill always cherish all the memories that I have with u, I wish we could've had more. To Sarah, Shawna and Jamie..I'm so sorry for ur all's loss. Donnie was a great man and I know he will be missed dearly. He will always hold a special place in my heart and I love u guys and I'm here for u if u need anything. May u rest in paradise uncle daddy and ill see u again one day. Give mom n papaw a hug n kiss for me and tell them I love them. I bet ur new angel wings look amazing on u. I love u.

Bill and Sharon Howard

October 15, 2021

Thoughts and Prayers for the Sowder family. You have been a good friend for years. You will be missed so much. Rest In Peace Donnie. Much love.

Robert McIntosh

October 12, 2021

My friend, we gave each other enough words during the time we had together playing music, fishing and just generally doing things the rest of the world didn't understand. What was good for us wasn't healthy for the weak minded. Play on Donnie.
Much love,

Kathy Campbell Bryan

October 10, 2021

Heartfelt felt thoughts of my childhood friend, Donnie…prayers for his family! 💝

Jeanie Newnum

October 8, 2021

Prayers an love r being sent to Shawana an all the kids. My memory of Donnie puts a smile on my face of all the family times we spent together. He was a good dad an a great Granddad to all the kids an To all the nieces an nephews that r mine too ! My thoughts are with you at this sad an heartfelt time. Please know that I am always here for u . Love to u an the family, Aunt Jeanie an as always GG.

Peggy Petroni

October 8, 2021

Prayers to you and your family Shawna for the loss of your father.