February 12, 2016

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Former mayor, 92, gently roasted, lavishly praised

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 8, 2003

It was the roast that wasn’t as family, friends and colleagues honored Frank Sower Tuesday at the Holiday Inn-Capital Plaza.

The former Frankfort mayor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and historian was, at worst, lightly seared.

Before it was over, Mayor Bill May declared Oct. 7 Frank Sower Day and the county followed suit. Gov. Paul Patton chipped in with a signed tribute of Sower’s contributions to Frankfort. And the Frankfort Kiwanis Club named him “Citizen of the Year.”

Sower might even rank as citizen on the century in some books. He’s lived in the same house on Wilkinson Boulevard all his life. “In 92 years, I never thought about moving,” he said. “I wouldn’t dare. I love Frankfort so much.”

He’s lived there more than 60 of those years with his wife Minnie Lynn, “the sweetest girl” he’s ever known. There, he raised three children: Frank Jr., Lynn and John II. He took over his father’s hardware store in his twenties and later opened Sower Office Equipment on St. Clair Street. He served in the Navy during World War II.

Beyond this, he was the mayor of Frankfort from 1968-72 and became the benefactor of several women’s baseball teams, some senior citizens, the county’s high school soccer players and more.