Jackie Ray Sowers, Jr., 55, of Fredericksburg, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 24, 2022. Jackie was a devoted husband, loving father, brother (RayRay), son, proud PaPa, dog dad, and he was, as his many dear friends called him, “Happy Jack”.
Jackie was born in Roanoke, Virginia and graduated from Radford University with honors in 1991. His college years as a Phi Sigma Kappa were among the “best times of his life”. Upon graduation, he moved and settled in Fredericksburg where he began a successful 30-year career in the insurance industry. Over the years, he made many life-long friends associated with GEICO, Nationwide Insurance and FCCI Insurance Group. Jackie loved spending time with friends and family and cherished time spent on his river property in the Northern Neck.
Jackie never met a stranger and always had a smile (except when Virginia Tech lost). He loved laughter and used his humor and wit to make everyone smile. He was an avid golfer, music lover, poolside DJ, self-proclaimed travel coordinator, and sports enthusiast. With sentiments, “you only live once” and “life is short”, he truly lived life to its fullest. Having Jackie in our lives has been the greatest blessing. The memories he leaves behind will live on in our hearts forever.
Jackie is survived by his college sweetheart and loving wife of 30 years, Vicki Sullivan Sowers; sons Camden and Cole; grandsons Grayson and Gavin; sisters Teresa Daniel (Mike) of Roanoke and Lisa Sowers of Richmond; mother-in-law Sterling Sullivan; brother-in-law Todd Sullivan; five nieces and nephews; many close aunts, uncles, and cousins; and LOTS of friends. Jackie is also greatly missed by his beloved dogs, Zeke and Charlie.
Jackie was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Pearl Conner Sowers; father Jackie Ray Sowers, Sr.; sister Sherry Elaine Sowers; and father-in-law Lynwood B. Sullivan.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. In honor of Jackie, feel free to come casual – your favorite golf shirt, Virginia Tech attire, or whatever reminds you of him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sunshine Ballpark Foundation or to the White Oak Volunteer Rescue Squad.