Anne Romaine Cato Sowell

Resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Anne Romaine Cato Sowell was born September 22, 1930 in Nashville, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hood Sowell.  She is survived by her sons:  Jim (Virginia) Atlanta, Drew (Kerri) Hendersonville, Alan (Beth) Brentwood, and daughter Evelyn Bonds(Don) Hendersonville, and ten grandchildren:  Rachel Sowell Pursley, Kristie Sowell, Erica Sowell, Kendall Sowell, Alicia  Sowell, Kristina Bonds, Maria Bonds, Daniel Sowell, Kirk Sowell, and Thomas Sowell and great-grandchild Landon Littles.  She also is survived by a sister, Jane Mankin (Jerry) and brother, Jack Cato (Anita) and three nieces:  Vycki Puckett, Jonie Baird, and Julie Buttrey.


Ms Sowell lived almost all of her life in the Nashville and Hendersonville area. She graduated from East High School and from David Lipscomb College with a degree in education.  She taught elementary students for several years.


A writer of short stories, devotionals, nostalgia and helpful hints, Ms. Sowell’s work appeared in various Christian and secular publications.  She loved history and extensively researched her family’s genealogy.  She was proud to have ten American Revolutionary War veteran ancestors and be a member of the Joshua Sumner Chapter of the DAR (Daughters of the Revolution).


She was a public speaker and charter member of Rivergate Toastmasters. As a longtime member of the Sumner County Wildflower Club, she enjoyed the outdoors, hiking and was an expert on Tennessee wildflowers.


Ms Sowell generously gave of her time and resources to help others through Meals on Wheels, prison ministry, tutoring adults and outreach to the elderly. She was a faithful and humble servant of the Lord, teaching Sunday school for decades.


Residing in Hendersonville for the past 34 years, Ms Sowell will be deeply missed by all who knew her.


Visitation will be at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville Wednesday from 4-8pm, and Thursday from 10 am until service time at 11 am. Interment to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.


In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Douglas Chapel United Methodist Church, 2141 Long Hollow Pike, Gallatin, TN   or   Cumberland Crisis Pregnancy Center, 2229 Nashville Pike,  Gallatin, TN 37066

13 Comments to Anne Romaine Cato Sowell

  1. sharron myers
    January 25, 2016 5:28 pm

    So sorry to hear about your Mom. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

    Sharron Myers

  2. Diane Zimmerman
    January 25, 2016 6:59 pm

    Dear Evelyn & family,
    Praying for comfort in your sadness and joy in your remembering. Mrs. Sowell sounds like a lovely, vibrant woman…wish we could have known her!
    With love, Doug & Diane

  3. Pat (Tallman)Tiep & Brian
    January 25, 2016 9:39 pm

    Dear Jim, Drew, Alan and Evelyn,
    I knew you only in very early childhood: Jimmy, Alan & Andrew, and baby Evelyn. You must know how special your mom was; everyone who knew her realized it! I was lucky to have been influenced by her as a youngster and to watch her grow into a spectacular adult. She made such a terrific choice in your dad. You were very lucky to be born to them!
    Brian talked with her once about her pulmonary fibrosis – such a terrible disease about which I’m sure she never complained and went about her life helping others.
    I will always remember her kind eyes (so much like my Dad’s) and her beautiful smile. Many people in this world will strive to be even just a little bit like her. She was loved.

    Dear Jane & Jack,
    It’s been so long but I think about you often, and smile. Whether or not you thought so, I believed the farm was great! And it was always good to visit with you.
    It must have been very difficult to loose your sister and I am so sorry. Please hug everyone for us and know we are sending so much love.

    Pat and Brian

    • N Mahurin
      January 28, 2016 10:23 am

      Jane and Jerry, Jim, Drew, Allan, and Evelyn,
      Please hug everyone for us too! We miss her too!

      Patsy T., are you talking about that wonderful farm in Pulaski, TN? Remember the snipe hunts and you and I playing the autoharp (especially you)? Jane, what are your memories along that vein? Were there big snakes in the creek near the snipe hunts, Jane? Hope your little cousins weren’t bugging you. Remember Jack and Anita’s wedding–I’m sure Ann had to had been there.

      On another note we have a friend at MTSU, Dr. Hutchison who knew Ann. He knew her in his Lipscomb days. Will try to contact him.

      Love and Prayers,
      Narcissa and Stanley Mahurin

  4. Sally Shutt
    January 26, 2016 10:53 am

    Your mom was such a sweet lady. I know you are proud of her and will miss her so much. I am praying for you.
    Sally Shutt

  5. Marci Stubben
    January 26, 2016 2:46 pm

    My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your dear Mother. My here previous memories help comfort you. God bless thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Marci Stubben
    January 26, 2016 2:50 pm

    My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your dear Mother. May her precious memories help comfort you. God bless thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Marci Stubben
    January 26, 2016 2:51 pm

    My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your dear Mother. May her precious memories help comfort you. God bless thoughts & prayers are with you and your family. Please call on me if I can do anything for you.

  8. Marci Stubben
    January 26, 2016 2:53 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss.
    My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your dear Mother. May her precious memories help comfort you. God bless thoughts & prayers are with you and your family. Please call on me if I can do anything for you.

  9. Brenda Martin
    January 26, 2016 2:58 pm

    There are no words to describe how you must feel at the loss of dear sweet Anne. Please know that she is in Heaven with the Lord. God Bless and keep you always. Douglass Chapel was blessed to know her and she will be missed.

  10. Charlotte Tretter Leverett
    January 29, 2016 4:52 am

    I was privileged to be acquainted with Anne through going with my mother, Evelyn Tretter to Wildflower Club meetings several years ago. I have never met anyone nicer or friendlier than Anne. She was such a joy to be around. My mother, who has also passed on, thought the world of her. Though we miss them terribly, it is with a smile that I think of them reunited in friendship.

  11. Mark Tretter
    January 31, 2016 1:43 pm

    My deepest condolences to the family of Anne who was a very good friend of my mother, Evelyn Tretter.
    I remember they went birdwatching together, hiking and special events. I myself have special memories of Anne.
    I will always have fond memories of her. It was great getting to know her again through Douglass Chapel.

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