Billy Joe Sowell passed away at his home in Espanola, New Mexico on Aug. 27, 2013 at the age of 73.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years. They were married in Lovington, New Mexico on Jan. 27, 1968.

Bill is lovingly remembered by his children, Sabra Sowell-Lovejoy and Jimalee Sowell; and his grandchildren, Malcom Lovejoy and Mylo Lovejoy.

He was a resident of Pawhuska, Okla. from 1972 to 1989 and always considered Pawhuska to be his home.

Bill was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on Feb. 5, 1940. He graduated from high school in 1958 in Lubbock, Texas and went on to earn a B.A. in Art from Texas Tech in 1967. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964. He was the founder and owner of Turkey Track Bronze Works in Nelagoney, Okla. from 1972 to 1981 and worked as a petunia specialist at Latigo Lights in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1991 to 2004.

He discovered his passion for art during his military service and from that point on dedicated his life and career to his art. Bill’s major career achievements include sculpting the first boy scout of American bronze housed at the Osage County Historical Museum and the Oklahoma Veteran’s Memorial `in Oklahoma City.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Amber Care and Life Legacy.