Mildred Sowers



Tupelo - Mildred Reynolds Sowers, 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Unit on Thursday, August 9.

Born on April 12, 1928 in Salem, Virginia she was the oldest daughter of Clyn and Effie Reynolds. She spent her entire life in the Salem and Roanoke area until she moved to Tupelo in January 2014.

In June 1948, Mildred married Harold Leonard Sowers. She was a loving and devoted wife, remaining a faithful and steadfast caregiver after a heart attack in 1978 left Harold in a coma until his death in 1988.
Mildred never met a stranger. Her smile and easy, hearty laugh made those around her feel welcome and loved. Her spunky, unassuming, and fun-loving ways brought joy and life to family and friends. She was an expert chicken fryer and “spoonburger” maker, these family favorites being shared at many meals.

Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life, never missing a sports game, concert, awards ceremony or special event. Grandma always took the opportunity to tell them that to her, they were the smartest, fastest, best, prettiest, and could do and be anything they wanted. Unless they were beating her at Uno, at which point she would lovingly call them a %$@#*! She loved each of them genuinely for who they were.

Known for her sense of humor, she brought laughs to the 49ers Plus Club at the Salem Senior Center when she was president and opened meetings with a joke or funny story. Mildred also served as Senior Regent in the Women of the Moose, Chapter 1022, from 2008 - 2009.

She was a member of Central United Methodist Church, Salem, VA.

She is survived by her children, Gail King (Steve), Michael Sowers (Janna) and Tammy Bacon;
grandchildren Sean Bowyer (Tracey), Dustin King, Zachary Bacon (Caroline), Amanda Bacon, Hayden Sowers, Graham Sowers, and Natalie Sowers; great-grandchildren Jackson Bowyer, Nicholas Bowyer, Savanah King, Glendall Bacon and Griffin Bacon; and many special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; sisters Harriet Duke and Betty Lou Thompson; and granddaughter, Kelsie Reynolds Sowers.

Funeral and burial is entrusted to Oakey’s Funeral Service, North Chapel, Roanoke, VA. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Should friends desire, donations may be made to Methodist Senior Services, P.O. Box 1567, Tupelo, MS 38802

The family will be ever grateful to all the friends, neighbors, and Traceway residents and employees who welcomed, loved, nurtured, and visited Mildred during her time in Tupelo. Special thanks to Ken Harvey, MD and NMMC Hospice Unit staff for their loving and attentive medical care.