The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 1, 2013

Obituaries — Monday, April 1, 2013


Sherman M. Sowder

Sherman M. Sowder, 80, of MacArthur passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013, in the Bowers Hospice House following a long illness.

Born September 16, 1932, in Weirwood, WV, he was the son of the late William Ernest and Goldie Settle Sowder.

Sherman worked for Oscar Vecellio building Valley Drive which is now Robert C. Byrd Drive; he also worked for Eastern Associated Coal, Consol Coal, and retired in 1997 from Pittston Coal as the Regional Prep Plant Manager. Sherman loved fishing and regularly attended Oak Grove Christian Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Harold W. Sowder, and his sister Loraine Lillian Radford.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 56 years Joanna Sowder, his daughter Danita Bragg and her husband Gary of Maple Fork, three brothers James Sowder of Westchester, Pa., Bob G. Sowder and his wife Jan of Warrenton, VA, Charles Sowder and his wife Jessie of Baltimore, Maryland. 5 sisters Evelyn Turner of Martinsville, VA, Betty Kornke and her husband Bill of Baltimore, Maryland, Roseann Culley of Baltimore, Maryland, Bonnie Hornsby of Bradley, Geneva Coley of Oak Hill, a special niece that was like a sister to him Jacqueline Huffman and her husband Wayne of Beckley, and many nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

Services will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kelly Gowen officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Beckley. Family and Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from noon until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Donations in Sherman’s memory can be made to Hospice of Southern WV, or Oak Grove Christian Church.

The honor of serving the Sowder Family was given to Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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