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Joy Nell (Parker) Sowell

June 13, 1949 ~ May 13, 2022 (age 72)


Mrs. Joy Nell (Parker) Sowell, age 72, of San Augustine County, Texas, passed away Friday, May 13, 2022.

Joy was born June 13, 1949, in San Augustine County to parents J.W. Parker and Wilma Flournoy Parker. She was a former longtime resident of the Houston area, where she retired from Southwestern Bell as a client services representative. After retirement, she returned to her native San Augustine County. For the past several years, she had operated Joy's This and That Shop in downtown San Augustine. She enjoyed working with ceramic crafts and attended CrossRoads Christian Center Church.

A proud graduate of San Augustine High School, she was on committees and helped plan reunions. She was a member of the San Augustine Garden Club, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Pioneer Club of Southwestern Bell. Joy was very active in the civic and business community of San Augustine.

Her survivors include her sisters, Evelyn Miller and husband Ken of Hockley, Texas, and Sherry Lockley of New Braunfels, Texas; an aunt, Bennie Brookshire of San Augustine County; a sister-in-law, Linda Kay Tolly of Diboll, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Gene Sowell, on May 9, 2022; her parents, J.W. and Wilma Parker; her brother, John Wesley Parker; a brother-in-law, John Fred Lockley; and nephews, Mathew Kendrick Jr. and Kevin Miller.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 W. Columbia Street in San Augustine.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel with Pastor Tim Swanson officiating. Interment will follow at Sowell Cemetery, located off County Road 318.

Pallbearers: Michael Shane Mosley, J.T. Parker, Casey Huff, Carl Huff, Kevin Tolly, Donald Sowell. Honorary pallbearers: Harmon Flournoy, Rick Smith, and classmates of San Augustine High School Class of 1967.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine.


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May 17, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Wyman Roberts Funeral Home
316 West Columbia
San Augustine, TX 75972

Funeral Service
May 17, 2022

1:30 PM
Wyman Roberts Funeral Home
316 West Columbia
San Augustine, TX 75972

Committal Service & Interment
May 17, 2022

Sowell Cemetery
County Road 3125, off County Road 318
San Augustine County, Texas 75972

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