Elizabeth Sutton Sowell was born in Chesterfield County to the late Josh Sutton and Sarah Blackwell Horton who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death was her step-father, Francis Horton, Older Brother Alfred “A. J.” Sutton, and daughter Sharon Maddrey. Elizabeth was educated in the McBee Public Schools where she was valedictorian of her Pine Forest High School graduating class. Following graduation, Elizabeth was united in holy matrimony to the late Charles W. Sowell, Sr., and together they traveled the world prior to his military retirement which led them back to South Carolina.
Upon returning to McBee, she worked for several employers prior to securing a position with A.O. Smith Water Products Company from which she retired in 1999. Elizabeth was a woman of many talents who gave unselfishly to her church and community. Local involvement included leading the African American Cultural Society (AACS) of which she was one of the founders. For over a decade, she conducted weekly bible study sessions at Kershaw County Correctional Institution, and in 2008 she received a “Lifetime of Service” award from the South Carolina Family Expo of Florence, SC. Elizabeth Sowell was a woman of strong faith and unwavering commitment to Jesus Christ. This was evident in every aspect of her life and was felt throughout McBee and surrounding communities. She was actively involved in numerous ministries of the United Methodist Church and always represented her God and her church in an exemplary manner.
Those left to continue Elizabeth’s legacy are her children Charles W. Sowell, Jr., of McBee, SC, and Denise Sowell of Columbia, SC; One Brother Dale (Cynthia) Arnold of McBee, SC; Two Sisters In-Law: Gertrude Green of Conway, SC, and Eloise Sutton of Philadelphia, PA; Seven Grandchildren: Kenneth Samuel (Donna) of Richmond, VA, Christopher Cunningham (Shelia), Jamar Maddrey, and Sade Maddrey of Philadelphia, PA, Steffen Sowell of Tyler, TX, Jade Sowell of Columbia, SC, and Jeremiah Sowell of Dallas, TX; Eleven Great Grandchildren; One Great-Great Grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Elizabeth was loved and showed loved to all family and friends. However, those having an extra special place in her heart included her “BFF” and spiritual comrade Marianne Bryant of Hartsville, SC, Great Great Granddaughter Jordan Morris of Richmond, VA, and Reverend Don Robinson of McBee, SC.
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