TUNICA

Billie Ruth Sowell, 77, passed away March 11, 2019, at Baptist-DeSoto in Southaven. Visitation was Wednesday March 13, 2019, 12 - 1 p.m.at First Baptist Church in Tunica. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Tunica with burial in the Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home in Tunica is handling the arrangements. Mrs. Sowell worked 42 years at First Security Bank in Tunica. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Tunica. Survivors include her husband of 58 years Larry Sowell; son Larry L. (Paula) Sowell of Senatobia; daughter Lynda (Bill) Battle of Tunica; mother Bernice Mauney Riley; brothers Marvin (Shelia) Riley and Rueben (Brenda) Riley; sister Patsy Riley Moore; grandchildren Lauren (Orry) McDonald, Phillips Sowell, Houston (Hannah) Battle, Cooper (Ashlyn) Battle, Betsy (Clayton) Powell; niece Misty Moore (Josh) Ivy; great-grandchildren Jaxon and Layne McDonald; great-niece and nephew Mattie Kate and Eli Ivy. She was preceded in death by her father O.V. Riley and brother Charles V. Riley. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church in Tunica or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.