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THE REVEREND DR. ARRIS PATTERSON “PAT” NOWELL

We are sad to announce that Arris Patterson “Pat” Nowell passed away in Savannah, Georgia, on September 4, 2022 at the age of 89. He was born on July 24, 1933 in Jackson Mississippi. His parents were Eunice and Anton Arnis Nowell.
After graduation from Forest Hills High School, he attended Mississippi College and Tennessee Temple University. He completed a master’s degree in psychology from Baylor University in Waco Texas, and went on to complete a doctorate in theology from the New Orleans Baptist theological seminary.

He met his wife, Nancy (Weathers), of Stephenville Texas, while preparing for the ministry and serving churches across central Texas. He pastored Baptist churches in Mississippi, first in Brookhaven, then in Tunica, Soso, Collins, and Bethel. He served as minister to senior adults in Clarksville, Tennessee, and served as interim pastor to churches around Clarksville before full retirement. He has lived for the past 10 years in Savannah Georgia with his wife, Nancy, his daughter Patricia Inman, his son-in-law Graham Inman, and his grandsons.

Dr. Nowell attended Baptist churches in the Jackson Mississippi area as a boy, and at age 18 made his profession of faith after attending a Rev. Billy Graham crusade. He and Nancy Lee Weathers were married on May 29, 1960, in Gatesville, Texas. They couple lived in Texas before making their home in Mississippi, where they raised three children.

Dr. Nowell is remembered as a direct and powerful preacher, and he took delight in the relational aspects of pastoral ministry such as home and hospital visitation, innovative youth activities and adventures, and personal ministry to church and community members around vital moments in their lives – weddings, childbirth, illness, as well as dying or losing a family member. When he was not busy with the activities of ministry or parenting, he enjoyed tracking down waterfalls and other natural features. On these occasions, he was rarely without his camera. His family enjoyed displaying his photography, and he received awards for some of his favorite photos.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy Nowell, and their three children David Nowell, Melody Link, and Patricia Inman. He also leaves three grandsons: Grayson, Will, and Joshua Inman.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o’clock Friday, September 9, 2022, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 10 o’clock Saturday morning, September 10, 2022, at Southside Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

Remembrances: Southside Baptist Church – 5502 Skidaway Road, Savannah, Georgia 31406

Online Condolences

  1. Tish Williams-Stevens says:

    My Dearest Ms. Nancy & Patricia ,
    My deepest sympathy to you and the family at this time. It was a pleasure knowing Mr. Pat and always receiving the word when it was mostly needed. He will be missed. Keeping the family lifted in prayer.

    In the words of Mr. Pat “Let Us Pray”

  2. Joseph Conner says:

    My condolences to the Nowell family of Southside Baptist Church and God keep Nancy Nowell and family in his loving arms.

  3. Larry Graham says:

    So sorry for your loss, he was a great man.

  4. Susan Hudspeth Hellums says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace.

  5. Sherry Lane says:

    Patricia on behalf of Class of 1992 Collins High School, we send our prayers and condolences

  6. Billy and Ann Spencer says:

    Dear Nancy and Patricia:

    Billy and I have never forgotten the love and fellowship we had when we all lived in Tunica.

    Brother Pat was always there when he was needed. Nancy and Pat were very good friends to our family.

    Patricia and Angie were the best of friends and great singers!

    The world will miss Brother Pat. A true Godly man.

    Love to you all and prayers that God will wrap you in his arms.

    Billy and Ann Spencer

  7. Paulette Ellison says:

    Tony and I extend our deepest sympathy to all the family.
    GOD,’S PEACE be with you!

  8. Ricky Gatlin says:

    To Ms Nancy an family my heart goes out to you an your sweet family the Gatlin family sends our love an Prayers may Jesus super naturally bless an pu t His Arms around you all an meet your ever need Ricky Gatlin an family

  9. Lynn Dallas says:

    Ms Nancy, Trish and family.

    I loved Brother Pat so very much! We had a special
    Bond when I worked as the Director of Food Ministty in Clarksville. We had a little ice cream secret
    Ms Nancy would always turn her head when I brought him a big bowl !! I adore her !

    He is rejoicing with his Lord, whom he loved so dearly.
    Wish I could’ve there for his service. Know I’ll be there
    in my heart .
    Love and prayers

  10. David Mattox says:

    Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family David

  11. Leigh Ann and David Breckenridge says:

    Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Dr. Nowell was a kind loving man. May he rest comfortable with the Lord! May all of the questions of this world be revealed! Hugs from the Breckenridgez

  12. Dotti Alexander Wilson says:

    I am so very so for the loss of Brother Pat. He would take our youth groups swimming at the Bibb house. Always loved him and Miss Nancy. May God continue to comfort and give each of you peace. Love to you all

    Love,
    Dotti

  13. Patrick Sullivan says:

    He was a great mentor. He taught me to always look to God. He was a caring and passionate man. He was such a great person. My heart goes out to his wonderful family. He will definitely be missed.
    Prayers and love.

    Patrick

  14. Paula Howe Sowell says:

    Larry and I send prayers of peace and comfort for all the family.

  15. Susie Goff says:

    Mrs.Nancy, I am so sorry! I pray God gives you strength and comfort!

  16. Amy Claxton says:

    I am so sorry for your loss this side of heaven. I know you will miss him dearly. He was a wonderful man and has left a lasting legacy on this earth. Praying praying for you all.

  17. Rhonda Lyons says:

    Bro Pat was so precious to me. He was a Godly man that influenced me at such a young age. He and Nancy love us like their own. I am so thankful for his love to so many. Nancy and his children were his pride and joy. I love you ALL and I know we will get to spend eternity with him. Love, hugs and prayers for you Nancy, David, Melody and Patricia ♥️♥️♥️♥️

  18. CAROL HARRIS says:

    My dear dear Nancy…..I miss YOU! I so missed you… as everyone did….. when you and Pat moved away. Clarksville has never been the same again.
    I will never forget the relationship we had as friends.
    The bonding of you, Marilyn, and me. Nor forget
    the trip you, Pat, Jim, and I took to see Irvin Baxter.
    Our sight seeing trip of forest and waterfalls.
    So many things we shared as sisters in the LORD.
    Loved the times you two could spend the night are
    forever treasures.
    I surely loved you two …. Still love you Nancy, and
    will remember you, Trish and family, Melody, and David in my daily prayers…. and in my heart. I know OUR LORD has an eye upon you and will keep you in the palm of HIS HAND. Love you dearly. Carol

  19. Michael Burger says:

    Dear Nancy me and MIKE will always remember when u came to our home and prayed of us and us coming to your home for meetings Bro Pat and u are the best comfort for you and your family,we love u very much Mike and Patty

  20. Richardean Platts says:

    Mrs.Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss! I pray God gives you strength and comfort! Praying for you and your family.

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