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John Paul Sowell, 30

John Paul Sowell, 30 of North Little Rock, Arkansas passed from this life on Friday, May 25, 2018. He was born on January 24, 1988 in Bell Flower, California to Dewey Anthony and Diana Lynn Sowell. John loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, camping, playing kickball and Game of Thrones. He poured out love to the people around him. Johnny was a big kid that was always making people laugh. He would give you the shirt off his back. His family was his world.  

He is preceded in death by his grandparents; Dewey Fredrick Sowell, Ella Solorzano and a brother, Michael Sowell. John is survived by his loving wife, Lauren Sowell; children, Knox and Nash Sowell; parents Dewey Anthony and Diana Lynn Sowell; siblings, Jay, Adam, Nicole, Joseph, Amy, Matthew and Jacob Sowell; grandparents, Carolyn Sowell, Joe Solorzano, a host of  numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

Visitation will be held from 6-8pm on Sunday, June 3rd at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville. Funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Monday, June 4th at McArthur Assembly God Church in Jacksonville with burial to follow at Sumner Cemetery in Cabot.  



  • Andy & Collette Cuellar Posted May 31, 2018 7:29 PM

    Prayers for the Sowell family. May God comfort you all during this difficult.

  • Sara Wilson Posted May 31, 2018 9:57 PM

    There is not a day that I can think of that Johnny did not make me laugh or put a smile on my face. Even if it had been a while since I had seen him he still made it seem like we’ve been in touch everyday. He was an amazing person. I know that one day I will see his face again. RIL Johnny. 💛💛💛

  • Belinda Taylor Posted May 31, 2018 10:15 PM

    Praying for the whole family!! Im so sorry for ur loss!!

  • Michelle Mutton Posted May 31, 2018 10:21 PM

    Omg I can’t believe it my prayers go out to his family he was a good man

  • Gabrielle Delaney Mask Posted May 31, 2018 10:28 PM

    We love you johnny you will be missed. Praying for the family

  • Rachel varnell Posted May 31, 2018 10:53 PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I really just can’t believe it.

  • Lynn and Gwen Sadler Posted May 31, 2018 11:52 PM

    No words can ever make this loss any better. Only God in His mercy, love and comfort can help your hearts. We love you all and pray Each day that God will sustain you.

  • Cheryl Dean Posted June 1, 2018 7:36 AM

    Our prayers and thoughts are with his family.

  • Janice Hudson Posted June 1, 2018 8:22 AM

    Our deepest sympathies to his family. Much love and prayers

  • JQ ruple Posted June 1, 2018 8:49 AM

    I am so sorry for your loss . My thoughts and prayer will be you and the family and friends.

  • Mary J Garcia Posted June 1, 2018 10:45 AM

    I’m sorry that I didn’t get to know him as much as I would’ve liked to. I mostly remember when him and the rest of his brothers and sisters were small. I do know that he was raised by amazing parents and has a beautiful family that was blessed to have him in their life. I do want to say as the HUGE family that we are we definitely need to get to know each other better and make the time to have more beautiful memories together. My prayers and condolences to the family, God will see everything through. I love you ALL !!

  • Mikey Hardcastle & The Hardcastle Family Posted June 1, 2018 2:01 PM

    Johnny was a candle that lit bright. Anyone who was in his presence always shined a little brighter. I grew up with man, and I am honored to call him “friend.” Coming from a big loving family, like the Sowells, Johnny had a sweet heart and would do anything to “help thy neighbor.” I can say with all honesty that we never had “any words” (and I wasn’t always the easiest guy to get along with back then) but Johnny was there for me and many others; Optimistic, caring, and just overall an amazingly powerful soul.

    Knowing him, as I did, I felt like I learned a lot BOTH with him and from him. His light shines bright. I just imagine the number of lives he impacted with his “light.” He did this world a much needed service with his presence. From “Mikey” to “Johnny” I say “Shine on!” I love you and I’ll see you on the other side.

  • Mikey Hardcastle & The Hardcastle Family Posted June 1, 2018 2:02 PM

    To His Entire Family: There are so many of you, most of you I know personally. You have my everlasting love as well. I know that there are “no words.” Just know that you have my deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers. I will do my best to keep Johnny’s light shining bright. If there’s anything my family can do for yours, please let us know!

    “Gone, but never forgotten.” God bless you all.

  • Marla Posted June 1, 2018 10:46 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss Lauren & family. You’re in my thoughts & prayers. May God give you peace that surpasses all understanding during your grief. Sending my love. Marla sams

    • Dwan Bailey Posted February 10, 2022 11:17 AM

      Thank you Marla! We appreciated all of your prayers. We still miss Johnny so much. I was thinking about him and looked at his obituary and just saw your sweet message. Love you.

  • Lisa, Shelby, and Gabe Posted June 2, 2018 2:10 PM

    Our thoughts are with you and his family.

  • Robbie & Toni Lervold Posted June 2, 2018 4:15 PM

    Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    God Bless.

  • Judy kunter Posted June 2, 2018 10:01 PM

    My thoughts and prayers and love to this family who has lost a bright light,

  • Ruth Ellen Epperson Posted June 3, 2018 9:55 AM

    Dwan, I am saddened by the passing of your son in law. Please tell me if there is anything I can do to help your daughter and her family? My prayers are with you all during your time of grief and hope with each day your grief will diminish and be replaced with the fond memories of the time you all had together. You are a dear friend to me. Ruth Ellen

    • Dwan Posted June 11, 2018 12:59 AM

      Thank you so much Ruth Ellen, I appreciate you and you’re a dear friend to me.

  • Alexa Pickett Posted June 3, 2018 3:53 PM

    Last time we hung out was at a concert in Dallas. Johnny and Lauren both had big smiles on their face and that’s how I’ll remember him. I will never forget when they brought Knox over when he was a baby, either. Johnny put his bouncer up and he played with Knox until we were all laughing.

    Rest easy, Johnny. I promise to watch and help Lauren however I ca.

  • Matt Boyce Posted June 3, 2018 4:21 PM

    In shock from hearing about this. Johnny was always kind to me when our paths crossed. Hard to understand why these types of things happen. I pray for healing for his loved ones. Gone way to soon. MB

  • Tripp Frazier Posted June 3, 2018 5:43 PM

    Lauren,I am so sorry for the loss of Johnny. I know he was a great husband and father. I will be praying for you and your family in this difficult time.

    • Dwan Bailey Posted February 10, 2022 11:19 AM

      Thanks Tripp! I was missing Johnny and looked at his obituary and saw your message. We appreciate it!

  • David LeRoy Posted June 3, 2018 10:40 PM

    Elaine and I are heartbroken for the family. Our kids played together when the were little and we were stationed at the Air Force Base. We loved the whole the whole family. Praying for you all.

  • BILL AND CAROLYN FOLMAR Posted June 4, 2018 2:57 PM

    Prayers going up for the family. I remember working in nursery and Johnny was a sweet little guy. May God be with his wife and children during this sad time. My God comfort all the family.

  • Angela Holt Posted June 5, 2018 4:50 PM

    Prayers for this beautiful, sweet family…

  • Debra Bell Posted June 7, 2018 9:39 PM

    May God give you strength during such hard times!

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