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Stephanie Joy (Harris) Sowders

February 12, 1952 — October 15, 2021

Stephanie "Joy" Sowders, 69, of Temple, GA passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021, at her home. She was born on February 12, 1952, in Atlanta, GA to the late John Charles and Whilamena Mae Darnell Harris.

She worked in the healthcare industry in home health for several years, and she was a caretaker to many children and elderly people. Mrs. Sowders was a great cook and baker who was known for her red velvet cake.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Sowders of 27 years; sons, Ashley (Lisa Ann) Gilham of Brookhaven, Steve (Robin) Sowders of Bremen, Kevin (Susan) Gilham of Concord, and Justin Sowders of Rockmart; daughter, Kimberly Sowders of Marietta; brothers, Johnny Harris, Jr. of Covington and Victor (Libby) Harris of Ellijay; sisters, Kim (Ricky) Green of Buchanan and Shawn Pierce of Douglasville; 15 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Sowders was preceded in death by her brother, Myron Harris.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, October 18, at 1:00 p.m. at Clark Funeral. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 11:00 to 1:00.

The service will be streamed live on the Clark Funeral Home Facebook page at the time of the service. Please be aware there is a few minutes technical delay before it posts, but it will remain on the Facebook page for an indefinite period of time.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish, may make a donation to the American Legion, Post 264. Online donations may be made at To donate by mail, print a donation form to send with your contribution at

Clark Funeral Home in Hiram, GA, is honored to care for the family during this difficult time. Condolences may be left for the family on the tribute wall of our website,

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Stephanie Joy (Harris) Sowders, please visit our flower store.


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