Sowers, James Arlo

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James Arlo Sowers, 90, of Pilot, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 6, 2013. Arlo Sowers was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army in the European conflict. Arlo Sowers is the son of the late Dallas and Mary Alma Sowers of Laurel Ridge. Preceding him in death are one daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Vernon Nolley; one son, Kenneth R. Sowers; two brothers, Elvin Sowers and Curtis Sowers; three brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Junior McNeil, Raymond McNeil, Aaron McNeil, Margie Allman, and Ada Mae Morgan. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Hazel Aliene McNeil Sowers; daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Dewaine Smith, of Pilot, Karen and John O’Connor, of Newnan, Ga.; and one daughter-in-law, Connie V. Sowers, of Pilot. He leaves seven grandchildren and their spouses, Darrell Smith (Dixie), Pilot, Evangeline Radford, Lynchburg, Kimberly Nester (Randall), Floyd, Corey Nolley (Susan), Check, Lynette Vest (Bryan), Floyd, Jennifer Gardner (Chris), Goode, Julie Wade (Dave), Hiwassee; one brother, Don (Lula Mae) Sowers, of Laurel Ridge; three sisters, Oveda Markle, of Northern Virginia, Margie (Cecil) Sutphin, of Pilot, Jean (Kenneth) Graham, of Salem; and sister-in-law, Corine Sowers, of Floyd. He is also survived by three brothers-in-law, Alvin (Betty) McNeil, of Pilot, Carl (Ramsey) McNeil, of Snowville, William Morgan, of Roanoke; and five sisters-in-law, Pauline Pittsinger, of Salem, Clover Ratcliff, of Pilot, Lois (Ron) Sedlacek, of Pilot, Gloria McNeil, of Pilot, and Ocie McNeil, of Christiansburg. He also leaves 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday January 9, 2013, at Gardner Funeral Home with the Rev. Vinton Quesenberry officiating. Interment will follow in Huffville Cemetery. Friends may call after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at Gardner Funeral Home in Floyd, where the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Online condolences may be made at Gardner Funeral Home Floyd is in charge of arrangements.