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Leonard Sowards, Jr, Taylor Co., KY/Fayette Co., KY native (1932-2017)

He professed faith in Christ and was a member of First United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict having served his country honorably in the United States Army. Leonard was a retired electrical supervisor with R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company where he was one of the first employees hired and the last employee to leave when they closed the plant. He loved his family, his country and his church. He was an avid sports fan and a well-known athlete in Lexington
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Leonard Sowards, Jr. 85 of Campbellsville, KY, died at 9:45pmET, Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in Campbellsville. Age: 85

Funeral service will be at 1pmCT/2pmET, Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville, KY, by Dr. Neil Salvaterra. Burial will be at Brookside Cemetery, 200 Block of W Main Street, Campbellsville, KY, with full military honors by the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be 11am-1pmCT/12pmNoon-2pmET. Saturday.


Leonard Sowards, Jr, Taylor Co., KY/Fayette Co., KY native (1932-2017)


Leonard Sowards, Jr. was the son of the late Leonard Sowards, Sr. & Cordia Bryant Sowards. He was born April 17, 1932 in Fayette County, KY. He died at Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in Campbellsville, Taylor County, KY, at the age of 85 years, two months, and 18 days.

He professed faith in Christ and was a member of First United Methodist Church.

He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict having served his country honorably in the United States Army.

Leonard was a retired electrical supervisor with R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company where he was one of the first employees hired and the last employee to leave when they closed the plant.

He loved his family, his country and his church. He was an avid sports fan and a well-known athlete in Lexington.

He united in marriage to Susan Ross July 23, 1972.

Besides his wife, Susan Ross Sowards. of Campbellsville, he is survived by:
  • Three sons and three daughters: Suzanne Sowards Grubesic and husband, Matt of Campbellsville, KY; George Robert Mateyoke and wife, Jennifer of Richmond, KY; Scott Sowards and wife, Renee of Lake Mary, FL; Leonard Matthew "Bo" Sowards and wife, Carrie of Midway, KY; Patricia Sowards and partner, John Mondelli of Lexington, KY; and Kathy Sowards and husband, Grant Reeher of Manlius, NY

  • Several grandchildren and nieces and nephews

  • One sister, Terry Sue Rice of Elizabethtown, KY

  • One sister-in-law: Sara Sowards of Harrodsburg, KY

  • And many other relatives and friends
He was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters: Jimmy Sowards, Joyce Angelucci and Myrtle Norvell.

Send condolences to the family of Leonard Sowards, Jr.

Expressions of sympathy may be donations to First United Methodist Church and may be made at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home.

The Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville, KY, is in charge of arrangements.


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