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Jasper Vowell

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fulton.
Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. Thursday until the hour of services. Hornbeak Funeral Home in Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 1100 Vine St., Fulton, KY 42041; or to the Fulton Public Library, 312 Main St., Fulton, KY42041.
Jasper was born Jan. 2, 1926, in Martin to the late Roy and Lyvenia Vowell. He graduated from South Fulton High School and the former University of Tennessee Martin Branch, where he lettered in four sports. He was starting point guard in basketball, starting fullback in football, played first base in baseball and played on the tennis team. Jasper was an avid bowler. He bowled in several leagues, he bowled many 300 games and bowled a 300 game on WPSD-TV in 1962 and won $500.
Jasper’s favorite sport was golf. He was known as the big guy who always smoked a cigar and hit those 300-yard drives. When he played in golf tournaments, hundreds would follow him around to see him hit the long ball. He had a colorful personality to go along with his game. He played with some great golfers in his era such as Miller Barber, Lou Graham, Gene Littler, Dr. Cary Middlecoff, Dr. Gil Morgan and many others. Jasper said one of his greatest thrills was getting to watch Ben Hogan play golf in person. Jasper won over 70 golf tournaments and had 18 hole-in-ones and five double eagles.
Jasper owned a retail liquor store, he served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and was stationed in Italy and was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Fulton.
He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas “Tab” Vowell, James “Jim” Vowell and Robert “Bob” Vowell; his sister, Janie “Sue” Huddleston.
Jasper is survived by his wife of 68 years, Betty (Joyner) Vowell of Fulton; his daughter, Vicki McLeary of South Fulton; his son, Kirk Vowell of Fulton; three grandchildren, Mikki McLeary and Margaret Simmons, both of South Fulton, and Jason Vowell of Franklin; three great-grandchildren, Dillon Jasper Ruddle, Madeline Vowell and Olivia Vowell; and his sister, Maggie Cummings of Lexington, Ky.
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