79 year old William Earl Sowell of Alexandria died Friday at his residence. He was an automotive shop manager for K-mart, a Baptist, and a U.S. Navy veteran. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Visitation will be Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. Sowell was preceded in death by his father, Rex. Brothers, Ray, Jackie, Raymond, and Ricky and Paul. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Norma Sowell of Alexandria. Children, Diane Patton of Alexandria, Jeanie Johnson of Alexandria, Marilyn Keaton of Smithville, Bill and wife Angela Sowell of Norene, Randy and wife Susan Sowell of Alexandria, and Bobby and wife Kim Vickers of Alexandria. Grandchildren, Rodney Patton of Murfreesboro, Will Sowell of Smithville, Bailey Sowell and Jazmine Sowell of Norene, Destiny Jarboe of Kentucky, Colton Vickers and Kirsten Vickers of Alexandria. Great Grandchildren, Liam Sowell and Harper Patton. Mother, Grace Sowell of Springfield. Brothers, Joe and wife Sue Sowell, Kenneth and wife Lynn Sowell, Tommy and wife Setsuco Sowell, and Jerry Sowell. Sisters, Faye Batey, Ruth and husband Keith Rodgers, and Linda Wix. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations may be made to the Fisher House at the V.A. Hospital in Murfreesboro.