Ora Hosey Worthington Sowell Blair

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Ora Hosey Worthington Sowell Blair, 91, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2003, in Orem, Utah.

Born on July 7, 1912, in Coldwater, Miss., she was the last of the seven children of Dr. N.R. Hosey and Rose Lightfoot Hosey to die.

A longtime former resident of Piggott and Joiner, Ark., she spent the last 18 months living with her son, Dr. Madison U. Sowell, in Provo, Utah.

Mrs. Blair was reared in Joiner, where her father practiced medicine. She studied dental hygiene at the University of Tennessee in Memphis and worked as a hygienist for many years in Knoxville and Memphis.

She first married Dr. Victor O. Worthington and they had three sons. Later she married M.U. Sowell of Piggott and they had one son. She taught fifth grade at the Carryville Elementary School for seven years.

Following Mr. Sowell's death she moved back to Memphis and in 1973 married Huston P. Blair. They were married for almost 30 years, until his death last year. Together they avidly participated in many craft shows, where she was known for her quilting and tole painting.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Mrs. Blair was preceded in death by her five beloved sisters, Helen Reddoch, Elizabeth Bowden, Rosamond Banks, Irene Wilson and Geneva Rauenhorst; a brother, William Hosey; a half-brother, N.R. Hosey, Jr.; two sons, Victor Hosey Worthington and Richard Worthington; a stepdaughter, Mari Lou Kintner; and a daughter-in-law, Reba Worthington.

She is survived by two sons, Victor O. Worthington, Jr., and Madison U. Sowell; tow daughters-in-law, Jaci Worthington and Debra Sowell; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a half-brother, E.J. Hosey; a half-sister, Nina Weisberger; a sister-in-law, Joe Ann Book; a brother-in-law, James Blair; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, in the Joiner Baptist Church with Carey Deaton officiating. Burial followed in the Louise Chapel Cemetery in Joiner. Pallbearers were Ray Becknell, Bo Brown, Orland Coburn, Slick Coburn, Steve Russell and Melvin Shempert. Honorary pallbearers were James Brownlee, Jackie Chandler, Corky Dalton, Billy Russell, Kenneth Shannon and Todd Worthington.

Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott was in charge of the arrangements.