Clinton Elmore Sowards, Jr., 92

Posted on December 19, 2014

Clinton Elmore Sowards, Jr., 92, of Hot Springs Village, Ark., passed away Dec. 13, 2014. He was born Aug. 17, 1922, in Warren, Ohio, to Clinton Elmore Sowards and Laura Lowe Kreigh Sowards.
Clint graduated from Bluffton High School and received a forestry degree from Purdue. He pledged Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity and was the sports editor for the Purdue daily newspaper. He was a proud World War II veteran who served on the USS LST 602 in North Africa and Italy. He married Frances Helen Bowman on May 9, 1945, before reassignment to the SW Pacific, on the USS LSM 122. He retired from the Navy as a lieutenant commander.
Clint worked for Seagram’s in Zanesville, Ohio, and Louisville, Ky., and in 1949, he moved his family back to Bluffton and opened the Tollgate Nursery. He was active in the Elks, Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts, Community Chest, Lions Club, Indiana Nurseryman Association and the American Association of Nurserymen. For the next 20 years, Clint was a sales representative for large wholesale nurseries.
Clint was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Frances. Loving survivors include daughters, Constance Sowards (Goran) Nordlund of Marsta, Sweden and Janet Sowards (John Emmerd) of Westland, Mich.; and three grandchildren, David (Rebecca) Sowards-Emmerd of San Jose, Calif., Helen Sowards-Emmerd of Jackson, Mich., and Michael (Kathryn) Sowards-Emmerd of Fort Worth, Texas.
Clint and Frances moved to Hot Springs Village, Ark. in 1978. In 1985, they relocated to Ft. Myers, Fla., spending their summers in Traverse City, Mich., returning to Arkansas in 1999. They travelled extensively through Africa, Alaska, Australia, Europe, South America and the South Pacific. Clint was active in Audubon, Camera Club, Merry Mixer Dance Club, The Jazz Society & Symphony Guild. He was the photographer at many events, and gave slide shows on nature and his travels.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines or the Arkansas Audubon Society.

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