James Henry “Moose” Sowards, of Rose Bud, AR left the hand of his loving wife, Dixie Harrison Sowards to join His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, January 24, 2010. Moose was born on December 20, 1935 in Lynch, Kentucky and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee where he launched his career in radio and television after graduating from Fulton High School. He was the son of Robert Henry Sowards, and Gladys Nina Galloway Sowards and a member of the Church of Christ. Moose had a love for country and gospel music, television, Nascar and Appaloosa horses, being an authentic cowboy, where he won the Men’s Heritage World Championship three times.
Moose was a national award, winning television Director for WSMV, Channel 4, NBC affiliate, directing the nighttime news, The Early Morning Show, The Nashville Network, “TNN’s” The Nashville Now Show where he worked with Ralph Emery. He received a platinum award for sales in launching the Bill Gaither Ryman Reunion Southern Gospel Show and videos. He served as president of the Central Tennessee Appaloosa Horse Club and president of the North Central Arkansas Appaloosa Horse Club.
Moose directed such Entertainers as Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, and many of the Grand Ole Opry stars helping to make their performances look and sound their best, always promoting wholesome, family oriented television entertainment.
Moose is survived by his wife, Dixie Harrison Sowards of Rose Bud, AR, son, Joshua Harrison of Searcy, AR, son, Scott Henry Sowards and Kristi Sowards, his wife, two daughters Sherra and John Gillespie; Shelia and Bert Bertelkamp, six grandchildren Scott Henry Sowards Jr., Brooke and Erika Sowards, Jack Gillespie, Jane, Lillie, and Hank Bertelkamp, one brother, David Sowards and his wife, Linda Sowards all of Knoxville, TN; and two sisters, Pat Weaver of Bristol, VA, and Robbie Fox of Knoxville, TN.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Roller-McNutt Chapel in Conway (501) 327-7727 at 10:00 a.m. In celebration of his life and influence as a network director on the directing industry, a memorial service will be held in Nashville, Tennessee within the next few weeks. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Mt. Vernon. AR.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home.