Obituary: Charles Elmer Lowe

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Charles Elmer Lowe, 84, of Lewisburg, died Thursday, May 27, 2010, at his residence.

Mr. Lowe was a Marshall County native; a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, veteran and friend. He cared not for appearances, glory, wealth, or possessions. He did care for his family and friends, of which there were many, and for those less fortunate, in pain, or in need. There will be things to go unfixed now that he is at rest, at peace, and with God in heaven. He was the son of the late Menta Terrell and Corinne Davis Lowe. He owned and operated Lowe's Barber Shop for many years, but, also, was a dairy man, factory worker, farmer, plumber, carpenter, electrician, handy man, garbage man and countless other occupations. He was an innovator and inventor, teacher and a philosopher. He served his country in the Navy during World War II.

He was the personification of the American Spirit, American Ideals and the American Dream, strong in his convictions and open minded and respectful of others. He worked hard, sacrificed, served his country, enjoyed his freedom, honored his duty and reaped pleasure from the simplest of things. He made do with less, gave more than he kept for himself, he forgave but never forgot and remained grateful.

He took in stray animals as he cared for his own pets from dogs, horses, cows, chickens, goats, mules, and his beloved horse of many years, Bill. He gave comfort and his hand to those gone astray and expected nothing in return but their redemption.

He relished in the joy and laughter of all children, but most especially his great grandchildren, Cora and Graham, who brought him such immense happiness in the last years of his long and remarkable life.

His is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mildred Lowe of Lewisburg; son, Randal Thomas Lowe of Lewisburg; two daughters, Sara Carol Lowe of Seattle, Wash. and Tracy McMahon of Lewisburg; brother, Doug Lowe of Lewisburg; sister, Sara Lowe, also, of Lewisburg; two grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Tom Lowe and Paul Lowe.

Graveside services were conducted Saturday, May 29, in Short Cemetery with military honors.

London Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.