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Obituaries are copied from funeral bulletins and/or newspapers.


Obituaries are alphabetized by Surnames.

Lowry, Donnette Rosey-- to--Lowry, Mr. Zeb Abner


Lowry, Donnette Rose

B. August 30, 1964; D. June 28, 1967, an only child

Services:First United Methodist Church, Pembroke, NC

Interment: Hopewell Methodist Church Cemetery,  Rowland, NC


Survivors are her parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Lowry and Mr. and Mrs. James Lee Lowry.  Sfhe was loved by all who knew her.  She was a beautiful flower for a short time here on earth.  She will be an angel in Heaven forever.  God giveth and God taketh away.  Donnette was never sad for long, therefore she would not want us to be sad, but glad for her.


Lowry, Ms. Ella Mae

B. April 16, 1919; D. May 17, 2002

Services: Sandy Plains United Methodist Church

Interment:  Lowry Family Cemetery


Lowry, Mrs. Fannie

B. 1907; D. 1993

Services: First Baptist Church

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens


Lowry, Rev. Doctor Fuller, age 96

B.            D. August 13




Rev. D.F. Lowry was the oldest ministerial member of the North Carolina United Methodist Church Conference.  He was a native of Robeson County, NC and held degrees from Pembroke State University and Blue Ridge Seminary and was ordained in 1913.  Rev. D.F. was the youngest son of Calvin Lowry, who was an older brother of Henry Berry Lowry.  Even though Calvin Lowry lived to be only fifty-seven, he had a large family many of whom lived to be a hundred years or older.  He was a leader and participant in the construction of several modern churches in the county and also a tireless worker for educational opportunities for everyone 


Lowry, Rev. Edmund; married Sallie H. Hatcher June 24, 1903 at the home of the bride ant the service was performed by R. W.L.Moore. Sallie H. Hatcher Lowry was born  December 3, 1886 and died May 7, 1926 at about 40 years of age

B. June 29, 1873; D. April 5, 1956 age 83


Their children and the children’s spouses were as follows:

Zenobia Lowry Cummings B. December 3, 1904 and her husband Lacy Cummings

Velma Mae Lowry Maynor B. Sept. 25, 1907 and her husband was Jimmy Maynor

Auzout Grantford Lowry B. December 30, 1910 and D. June 28, 1978 at age 68 and his wife Ethel Lowry

Lystra Pauline


Lowry, Mr. Garied (Gary) Lowry,

B. February 9, 1951; D. February 12, 1995

Services:  First United Methodist Church, Pembroke, NC

Interment:  Hopewell Cemetery, Robeson County, NC


He was the son of Mr. and Mr. Bernard Lowry.  Gary is survived by his wife, Anita Dial Lowry, two daughters: Natasha Michele and Ashley Renee, of the home; two sons; Gene Garied and Matthew Scott both of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Lowry of Pembroke, NC; one brother, Bernard (Bob) Lowry Jr. of Rowland, NC; two sisters, Joan Lowry of Pembroke, NC, and Lillian R. Strickland of Garner, NC; and a host of relatives, loves ones and friends.


Locklear Sr. Mr. Gene Eugene, age 54 of Route 3, Lumberton, NC

B. 1935; D. November 20, 1989

Services: Mount Olive Baptist Church, Lumberton, NC

Interment: Locklear Estate Family Cemetery, Lumberton, NC


Surviving are his wife, Dorothy L. Locklear; daughter, Mrs. Gina Locklear of Route 3, Lumberton, NC; sons, Gene Grant Locklear of the home, Eugene Locklear, Jr. of route 3, Lumberton, NC, and John Dale Mongillo of Elverson, Pennsylvania; his mother, Mrs. Bertie Lowry Locklear of Route 3, Lumberton; sisters, Miss Hazel Locklear, Mrs. Roza Bensch and Mrs. Helen Jones, all of Route 3, Lumberton; brothers, Eddie Mac Locklear and Joseph Locklear, both of route 3, Lumberton, Wilbur S. Locklear of Pembroke and John Hyce Locklear of Durham; two grand-daughters,. Tiffany Bell and Whitney Bell of Lumberton, NC.


He was preceded in death of by his father, Frank Locklear, (1977); his brother, Marvin Locklear (1961), and his son, Gino Locklear (1982).


Lowery, Katie Locklear Lowry, age 91 of 451 Odum Road

B. January 10, 1912; D. December 27, 2003

Services: Victory Holiness Church

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens, Lumberton, NC


She was preceded in death by her husband, Daulmon Lowery, two sons, Rev. Albert Lowery and Robert Lowery; 3 grandsons, Leon Oxendine, William Cummings, and John Robert Hunt; 1 granddaughter, Sabina O. Sanders; 1 brother, Horace Locklear; 4 sisters, Dovie Barton, Edna Bell, Jessie Demery and Bertha Brooks.


She is survived by 2 sons, Larry Lowery of the home and  Rev. Daulmon Lowry, Jr. of Maxton, NC; 4 daughters, Hilda ransom, Judith Cummings and Luvertie Potts of Lumberton, NC and Phyllis  Yaw of Fairmont; 2 brothers, Wallace Locklear of Pennsylvania, and Rosco Locklear of Virginia;  3 sisters, Lucille Bernett of Lumberton, NC, Dollie Lowry of Rowland, NC, and Margaret Lerner of Potomac, Maryland; 30 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great grandchildren.


Lowry, Donnette Rose, age 2

Services:  First Methodist Church, Pembroke NC

Interment:  Hopewell Cemetery, NC

She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Brent Lowry .  Other survivors include Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Lowry and Mr. and Mrs. James B. Lowry, the grandparents, all are from Pembroke, NC.


Lowry, Mr. Glenn H.

B. February 26, 1920; D. July 17, 1991

Services:  First United Methodist Church, Pembroke, NC

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens


His parents are the late Rev. M.L. Lowry and Mrs. Cammie Locklear Lowry.  He was married to Clara M. Oxendine Lowry and they resided in Baltimore, Maryland.  They had one son, Glenn H. Lowry, Jr. of the home and one daughter, Debbie Eddings of Norfolk, Va.  His brothers are Dr. Otis M. Lowry of Spring Hope, Garnett K. Lowry of Pembroke, NC, Martin Lowry Jr. of Glen Burnie, Maryland, Brantley Lowry of Berryville, Va. And Truett Lowry of Manassas, Va.  His sisters are Eulalia Williams of Danville, Va., Daphne L. Jones and Maxine L. Chavis, both of Pembroke and Shirley Lowry of Hillsbow, N.H.

 and two grandchildren.


Lowry, Mrs. Gola B., age 59 of 1445 of Buckingham Ave. died at Charlotte Memorial

 D. 1983

 Hospital following a long illness

Services:  First United Methodist Church Pembroke, NC

Interment: Berea Baptist Church Cemetery, Pembroke, NC


She is survived by her husband, Dorsey V. Lowry, Sr., five sons, Dorsey V. Lowry, Jr., of Florence, SC; Dr. Wade L. Lowry of Bedford, Texas; Thomas E. Lowry of Atlanta, Georgia; James F. Lowry and Harry B. Lowry of Gastonia, NC; three brothers, Adolph Blue of Pembroke; Don D. Blue of Baltimore, Md.; Carl L. Blue of Kingsport, Tenn., four sisters; Kitty Sanderson of Bryson City; Rena Cockran of Madison, Fla; Bernice Lowry of Towson, Md; and Alicia Wise of Brooklyn, NY; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the First Union Methodist Church of Gastonia.


Lowry, H. H. died  April 22, 1936 at Durham Hospital, Durham, NC

He helped to found Hopewell Episcopal Methodist Church in Hopewell Community, NC.  He was a respected teacher and pastor.  He is survived by his second wife of 5 months, Anna Locklear.  Mr. Lowry was married for 38 years to his first wife, Julie Revels Lowry.  They were the parents of the following children:  six sons:  John A.B., Dr. W. A., Rev. B.W., Elmer Theodore, Telford, Prof. D. H., and three daughters:  Mrs. Marvin Lowry, Mrs. Holland Lowry,  and Mrs. Frank Armstrong.   Also, he is survived by six brothers:  William,  French.R., Doctor Fuller, Abner, Cannady, and Edmond.   Six sisters also survive him:  Mrs. Anna B. Spaulding, Mrs. Mariah Oxendine, Mrs. Nancy Revels, and Mrs. W.R. Woodell.



Lowry Sr., Rev. Harvey

B. September 12, 1927; D. 1978

Services:  Prospect United Methodist Church, Maxton, NC

Interment: Pleasant  Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery


He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Lowry.  Later, he married Myrtle Locklear Lowry.  They had four sons, Jimmy R. Lowry of Tryon, NC; Robby N. Lowry, of Rockingham, NC; Harvey Lowry, Jr. and Jerry Lowry of Route 1, Rowland, NC,  He left two brothers, Andrew Carl Lowry, Pembroke, NC and Henry F. Lowry, Columbus, Ohio.  Also he leaves three sisters, Mancy Jacobs, Hamlet, NC; Ethel Lowry, Rowland, NC; and Christabell Black, Mullins, SC.  Rev. Harvey Lowry’s grand parents on his father’s side were James W. Lowry, B. 1835 (Henry Berry Lowry’s brother) and Amanda Lowry, B. 1844.  His father, Daniel E. Lowry was born, August, 1881; Luler J. his sister was born, August, 1884; Sallie A., his sister was born, August, 1886.  Furna Strickling, a step daughter was born, Nov. 1875.  All of the family could read and write.




Lowry, Mr. Ira Pate Lowry, born in Elrod, NC

B. March 5, 1906; D. 1992

Services:  First United Methodist Church, Pembroke, NC

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens


He married the late Reba M. Lowry and had one daughter, Arlita Breen of Pensacola, Fla.  He later married Marjorie Crosby of Maine who had four daughters of her own.  He is survived by four sisters:  Lula Yearick, Feasterville, Pa. Eunice Young, Leesburg, Fla., Prebble Oxendine, Rowland, NC, and Bernice Webb, Cary, Ohio; three brothers, Bernard Lowry and Jason Lowry, Pembroke, NC. And Theodore Lowry of Rowland, NC.  He had two grandchildren, one great grandson and eight step-grandchildren.  Brother Ira glorified God and now God has glorified him as he is now God’s honored guest.


Ira Pate was from the Elrod community south of Pembroke, NC.  He earned an academic scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D.  He majored in pre-med and music, but music won out.  Following completion of a Master of Arts degree in music from Ohio State University and further study in voice and piano at the Julliard School of Music in New York City, he returned home.    He was a man on a mission, he organized the University’s music department and served as chair from 1935-57.  Among his many duties, he was band director for the college.


Speaking of the Alma Mater for the university, he said that the music came to him in the middle of the night, and he wrote down the notes at 2 a.m.  The Alma Mater has been modified only slightly over time to reflect the university’s name changes, most recently to UNCP.


As his wife did, he joined the Chancellor’s Club and was honored with the Alumni

Associations Distinguished Service Award.  There is a music scholarship in his name.


The Lowrys lived less than a block from the campus and thoroughly enjoyed university life in their retirement years.  Reba Lowry, his wife, had said “Our first interest is in the university.  If there is anything we can do as a service to the university, we are happy to do it.”  Both of them found time to be a part of the larger community.  Ira Pate was music director for his church, a Pembroke town councilman for 17 years and a member of the board of directors of Pembroke’s First Union National Bank.


The bell tower is the couple’s tangible legacy, though, sadly, Reba died a year before it was dedicated.  Other projects that seem an extension of their goals include a new degree in Spanish and new student and faculty exchange programs around the globe.   There was also the return of the marching band program that was an integral part of the music program during Ira Pate’s day.


Lowry, Rev. Jerry

B. October 31, 1948; D. 2007

Services:  St. Luke United Methodist Church Sanford, NC and

Prospect United Methodist Church, Maxton, NC

Interment:  He was cremated and his ashes were later scattered on the beach in Myrtle Beach, SC


His parents were the late Rev. Harvey Lowry and Mrs. Myrtle Locklear Lowry of Rowland, NC.  He married his high school sweetheart, Doreen Lowry of Rowland, NC and they were blessed with two daughters:  Elena Maria of Apex, NC and Ana Alicia of Magnolia, TX.  They have six grandsons:  Ceth, Gavin, Cole, Chandler, Jacob, and Ashton.  His three brothers are Jimmy Lowry of High Point, NC, Robby Lowry of Rowland, NC, and Harvey Lowry, Jr. of Maxton, NC.  He was loved by many nieces and nephews.


Lowry, Jim Reese, age 65 and a resident of High Point NC

B. 1944  , D. June 13, 2010     in Hospice of the Piedmont after battling lung cancer

Services:  Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Rowland, NC

Memorial service: Covenant United Methodist Church in High Point, NC



His parent were the late Rev. Harvey Lowry and Mrs. Myrtle Locklear Lowry of Rowland, NC.  He married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Ann Locklear of Pembroke, NC in 1964.  He was preceded in death by his brother Rev. Dr. Jerry Lowry of Sanford, NC.  He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Ann Lowry of High Point; daughter, Jayme Burmiester and her husband, Paul, of High Point; son, Chad Lowry of High Point; two brothers, Robby Lowry of Rowland, NC and Harvey Lowry Jr. of Maxton, NC; and beloved grand-daughter, his namesake, Reece Mary Ann Burmeister.



Lowry, Mr. Johnnie Lowry of Va.  died  spring of 1958



Lowry, Mrs. Lillie Mae, age 85

Services:  Hopewell Church, November 18, 1994

Interment:  Hopewell Church Cemetery, Hopewell, NC


She lived in Bointon Beach, Florida, but was from Pembroke, NC formally.  Mrs. Lowry was the daughter of the late Henderson and Lou Ellen Oxendine Jacobs and the wife of the late James R. Lowry.  She is survived by one son, Mr. Panuel Lowry of Rockvale, Tennessee, one brother, Mr. Earl Jacobs of Baltimore, Md., two grandson, J.R. Lowry and Kevin Lowry, both of Rockvale, Tenn.


Lowry, Mariah Sampson Lowry, age  70

  1. November, 1838; D. March 16, 1908



She was the widow of Calvin Lowry.


This information was found on a website about Sampson County, NC.   Compelling evidence seems to indicate that the Colonel John Sampson as entered below is the same as the one profiled in the following:


John Sampson was, “one of the many Scotch-Irish drawn to the county in search of rich farmland and flowing rivers”.  “Sampson was Duplin County’s first Register of Deeds.  He served as a Lt. Colonel and then a Lt. General in the county’s militia and was later the first mayor of Wilmington, NC.  Emigrating with John Sampson was his fifteen-year-old stepson, Richard Clinton.


Sampson County was established in April of 1784 by the North Carolina General Assembly from an area taken from neighboring Duplin County.  Land  from Wayne and New Hanover counties would be annexed later.  Our early settlers were Scotch-Irish immigrants from North Ireland, many of whom came to the colony of North Carolina under the protection and inducements of Henry McCulloch, a wealthy London merchant.  In 1745, McCullough had obtained grants from the British Crown covering some 71,160 acres of land ‘lying and situated on the branches of the North East and Black River’.  The Scotch-Irish immigrants were soon joined by descendants of the Swiss colony in New Bern, and sometime later, pioneers from the northern states of New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.”


The information that follows was compiled from work done by the late Everett Braxton Sampson in about 1933.  His research began with Colonel John Sampson who lived in the Fayetteville, NC area with his wife Elsey Hammonds about the mid 1700’s.


Colonel John Sampson

Wife:  Elsey Hammonds Sampson

Children:  (2) Sons:  John Jr., Thomas (1) Daughter:  Martha

Thomas Sampson

Wife:  Elvie Hammonds Sampson

Children: (1) Son:  Henry

2nd Wife: Racel Sampson

(1)   Daughter:  Elizabeth

Henry Sampson

Wife:  Nancy Carter Sampson

Children:  (5) Sons:  William, John, Thomas, Edward, Henry T.

                 (5) Daughters:  Flory, Margaret, Angeline, Sarah Jane, Mariah, Mary

Mariah Sampson

  Husband:  Calvin Lowry

Children:  (8) Sons:  Henry, Canady, Abner, French, Fuller, Edmond, Billy,

(4)    Daughters:  Debra, Nancy, Susan, Anabella



Lowry Sr., Rev. Martin Luther

B. June 18, 1891; D. June 16, 1976

Services:  Hopewell Methodist Church, Rowland, NC

Interment:  Hopewell Cemetery


He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cammie P. Lowry; six sons: Glenn H., Otis M., Garnett K., Martin L. Jr., Charles B., and Truett M. and four daughters: Eulalia R. Williams, Daphne D. Jones, Shirley L. Lowry, and Maxine Chavis.  He also leaves 27 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.


Lowry, Mr. Oberon

B. May 5, 1937; D. December 20, 1990

Services: Harper’s Ferry Baptist Church

Interment: The Lowry Family Cemetery, Rowland, NC


He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Annell Graham Lowry, his children, Cornelia L. McClure of Greenville, NC, Chocajuana McCorkle and Clifton Burleigh Lowry of Raleigh, NC, Princess Natula and Tamer Lee of the home.  A grandson, William Oberon McClure of Greenville, NC.  He is also survived by 4 brothers, Klyne Lowry of Rowland, NC, Burlin Lowry of Hartsville, SC, Lycurous and Oceanus Lowry of Pembroke, NC. Also 5 sisters, Eurania Stearsman, Nortonville, KY., Learlene L. Norris of Jacksonville, NC, Vanice L. Cummings of Maxton, NC, Odesa L. Cobe, Angier, NC, and Wanda Lane Lowry of Columbia, SC and a host of relatives and friends.


Lowry, Oliver H. (Elery), age 91

B.     October 1, 1897;  D. 


He was the oldest son of the late Abner Lowry and his first wife Josephine Moore Lowry.  Mr. OH Lowry lived in Lancaster, Pa. for more than 60 years and was living there at his death. FOR MORE INFORMATION LOOK AT  LOWRY, PLUMMER W.


Lowry, Mrs. Phelia Ellis, age 93 a resident of Pemberton Place Nursing Home

 D. March 9, 1994

Services:  Revels Funeral Home Chapel

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens


She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hensdale Hunt of  Fairmont, NC.  Mrs. Phelia is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Dora Lowry of Rowland, NC, and Mrs. Letha Hammonds of Lumberton, NC, three step-children, Mrs. Ouida bailey of Greenvalley, Arizona, Mr. Bruce Lowry of Dallas, Texas and Dr. Earl C. Lowry of Des Moines, Iowa.  Also several nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends.


Lowry, Plummer W. Lowry, age 78

B.  November 27, 1892

Died in Jacksonville, Florida

He was the son of  Mr. Abner Lowry (born Oct. 26, 1862 and died July 26, 1944) and his first wife, Mrs. Josephine Moore Lowry (born Feb. 18, 1868 and died July 7, 1902)  His siblings were as follows:  O H Elery Lowry 9 born October 1, 1897), Zeb Abner Lowry (born December 29, 1898), Bertie Lowry Locklear (born February 1, 1895), and Cottie Arrelia Lowry Ransom (born February 19, 1891).


Lowry, Mrs. Reba Millsaps Lowry, age 74 died at Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC

B. 1904; D. 1980

Services:  First United Methodist Church, Pembroke, NC

Interment:  Lumbee Memorial Gardens


She is survived by her husband, Ira Pate Lowry; a daughter, Mrs. Arlita  Entrekin of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Thelma Millsaps of Tennessee; two grandchildren: Leslynne Lee and Jonathan Pate Entrekin; and a host of other relatives and friends.


Mrs. Lowry was born near Maryville, Tenn.   She graduated from Maryville College earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in modern languages.  She received a Master of Arts in languages from the University of Tenn.  At her death she served UNCP for 40 years in a variety of capacities.  She was an instructor and chair of the foreign language department, advisor to the yearbook, THE INDIANHEAD, the first Dean of Women, director of the drama club, THE PEMBROKE PLAYERS, and women’s basketball coach.  A pioneering force for the university’s fledgling Foreign Language Department, Reba led an international movement on campus.  She organized the first student exchange program in 1969 and a Foreign Language Festival on campus.  She also introduced Spanish classes to Pembroke Elementary School.


She was the first female member of the Chancellor’s Club, an elite group of supporters and contributors to the university.  For her good works, she was the recipient of the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award.  When she died in 1980, her husband created an endowed scholarship in foreign languages in her honor.


Lowry, Mrs. Rosa E. Bell

B. June 24, 1882; D. February 26, 1952

Services: Hopewell Methodist Church, Rowland, NC

Interment: Hopewell Methodist Church Cemetery


She was the widow of the late Mr. Abner Lowry whom she married February 6, 1905.   Mrs. Lowry was the daughter of Mr. Amos Bell, B. 1837 and Mrs. Catherine Revels Bell, B. 1845.  Her siblings were:  Seamor Bell, B. August, 1876; James Bell, B. July, 1878; and Aretta Bell.  When the family was growing up they lived in the Saddletree Township, in Robeson County, NC.  Her family owned a farm and her father could read and write.  Her mother couldn’t read and write.  Her brother, Seamor was a maker of turpentine.  See the listing for Mr. Abner Lowry for more information.


Lowry, Mrs. Shirley Smith, age 77 of Westley Pines Retirement Home

B. January 10, 1919 ; D. October 24, 1996

Services: First United Methodist Church, Pembroke, NC

Interment:  Hopewell Church Cemetery, Robeson County, NC


Her parents were the late James Walter and Lela Locklear Smith.  She was the widow of the late Mr. Delton H. Lowry.  Also preceding her in death was one son, Rev. Tryon D. Lowry.  She is survived by her children: Deanna L. Warner of Florida, Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Russell of Lumberton, NC, and June F. Lowry of Nedrow, New York; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Brenda Lowry of Lumberton; 9 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; one sister, Ann Victoria Ransom of Bethesda, MD.; one brother, Joseph Smith of Cary, NC; and a host of relatives and friends.


Lowry, Mr. Sterling P., age 69 of 2908 Weller Road  Wheaton, Maryland

B. June 8, 1905; D. December 9, 1974 in Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland

Services:  Hopewell Methodist Church, Rowland, NC

Interment: Hopewell Methodist Church Cemetery, Rowland, NC


He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cammie M. Lowry; his children Mrs. Doris Cummings, Mrs. Thirsey Perkins, Mr. Trennon P. Lowry, Mr. Lynn S. Lowry, Miss Patricia Lowry, Mr. Michael P. Lowry, and thirteen grandchildren; his sisters Mrs. Martha Sanderson, Mrs. Phoda Lowry, Mrs. Deora Dial, his brothers Rev. Martin L. Lowry, Mr. Calvin Lowry; and a host of relatives and friends.


Lowry, Mrs. Susie Mae Lowry

B. February 2, 1901; D. 1983

Services:  Willard’s Chapel Assembly of God Church, Rowland, NC



Mrs. Lowry married John L. Locklear and they had twelve children:  Charles Locklear of Fayetteville, Mae Heuser of new bern, Myrtle L. Lowry of Rowland, John Bracey Locklear of Mr. Clemmons, MI., Margie Locklear of Red Springs, Lois Doran of Havelock, NC, Glenn R. Locklear of Washington, DC, Debra Brewer of Rowland, NC, John L. Locklear, Jr., of Maxton, NC, James A. Locklear of Warren, MI., Gladys Fitzjohn of Havelock, NC, and Janet Locklear of Shannon, NC; three brothers, Jesse Lowry of Germany, Graham Lowry of Rowland, NC and Talmadge Lowry of Maxton, NC; sixty-four grandchildren and fifty-three great-grandchildren, and four sisters; Annie Pearl Jacobs of Pembroke, NC, Bertha Lee Lucas of Laurinburg, Rosa Lee Raines of Fayetteville and Clover Lee Hunt of Rowland, NC, and a host of relatives and friends.


Lowry, Mr. Theodore McClean, age 95 went to be with the Lord at Southeastern Hospice House in Lumberton, NC

B. April 5, 1914; D. June 4, 2009

Services:  First United Methodist Church Pembroke, NC

Interment: Lumbee Memorial Gardens, Pembroke, NC


His parents were the late Mr. Abner and Mrs. Rosa Bell Lowry in the Hopewell community.  He was one of fourteen children  five of whom were the children of Abner Lowry and his first wife Josephine Moore Lowry.  Twelve of his siblings  preceded him in death.  His siblings from his mother Mrs. Rosa Bell Lowry are as follows:  Ira Pate, born March 5, 1906, Lula M. born October 16, 1907, Carlee Stetson, born April 15, 1910, Bernard Franklin Steal, born July 21, 19---, Prebble Marie, born November 7, 1916, Jason Bresco, born May 16, 1919,  Eunice Hazel, born April 3, 1923, and Bernice, born Sept. 1, 1925.  He was an educator in the Public School System of Robeson County for more than forty years and actually did not miss a day of work for forty years.  During his career he served as a classroom teacher, principal, and retired as a truant officer.  He touched the lives of hundreds of young people through his teaching and the love of music.


Mr. Theodore loved the Lord and served him as a lay speaker, church officer, choir member and Sunday school teacher for youth and adults.  After retirement he became an excellent horseman.  He raised and trained numerous horses who were shown at the NC State Fair.  His love of his new hobby lead him to produce “Prince Charles” who won many awards and became known throughout “horse country” as a fine animal and one to beat in competition.


Mr. Theodore was the loving husband of his wife  Dollie Vivian Locklear Lowry for 70 years, a father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and cherished friend to many.  He leaves three children, Alvin Ray Lowry of Rowland, NC, Olivia Lowry Schwartz of Maryland, and Perry C. Lowry of Maryland: daughter-in-law Deanna Lowry of Rowland, NC and son-in-law Tommy L. Schwartz of Maryland: there are six grandchildren, Teresa, Carla, Abner, Christina, Christopher and Matthew; six great grandchildren Theodore Preston Thornton, Danyelle, Alexandre, Jameson, Tony and Ryan.


The family is blessed to have had the Christian example that he set for all of us.  He showed us how to live our lives through a quiet strength and a determination to make the right choices as we travel down life’s paths toward our heavenly reward.


Mr. Theodore was the grandson of Calvin Lowry B. January 15, 1835, who was an older brother of Henry Berry Lowry, and Mrs. Mariah Sampson Lowry B. March 17, 1839.  Mr. Calvin C.  Lowry’s family was as follows:


Henry H. Lowry; B. January 10, 1859: William  Lowry; B. October 1, 1860: Abner Lowry; B. October 26, 1862: Annabel Lowry; B. December 3, 1864: Canada Lowry; B. February 9, 1867: French Lowry; B. April 11, 1869: Deborah Lowry; B. June 20, 1871: Edmond Lowry; B. June 29, 1873: Susan Lowry; B. May 29, 1875: Nancy C. Lowry; B. November 24, 1878: Doctor. Fuller. Lowry; B. January 8, 1881: Mariah Lowry Jr.; November 24, 1882


The children of Mr. Calvin Lowry and Mrs. Maria Sampson Lowry married as follows and the birth and death  records of each are below:


Henry H. Lowry  B. Jan. 10, 1859; D. June 22, 1935   age 77

Julie Revels  B. January 3, 1869; D. August 6, 1934, age 65


B. W. Lowry (Billy) B. October 10, 1860; D. January 31, 1961 age 101

Flora Locklear


Abner Lowry B. October 26, 1862; D. July 26, 1944, age 82

Josephine Moore B. February 18, 1868 D. July 7, 1902, age 34


Annabel Lowry Spaulding B. December 3, 1864; D. age 101

Mack L. Moore


Canada Lowry B. February 9, 1867; D. Sept. 4, 1943, age 76

Peggie Dovie McNeill Sanderson B. April 17, 1868; March 4, 1924, age 56


French Lowry B. April 11, 1869 D. July 6, 1971, age 102

Annabel Oxendine B. March 11, 1887; D. January 29, 1916, age 29


Deborah Lowry Woodell B. June 20, 1871


Edmond Lowry B. June 29, 1873 D. April 6, 1956, age 83

Sally Helen Hatcher B. April 6, 1886; D. April 7, 1926


Susan Lowry Oxendine B. May 29, 1875; D. March 4, 1935, age 60

Luther Oxendine


Nancy Lowry Revels  B. November 24, 1878


Doctor Fuller Lowry B. January 8, 1881; D. August 12, 1977, age 96

Jessie May Hatcher B. August 1, 1889; D. October 12, 1941, age 52


Maria Lowry Oxendine B. November 24, 1882; D. April 3, 1956, age 74

Anderson (Sonny) Oxendine



Mr. Calvin C. Lowry died July 1893 and his will was probated August 2, 1893 in Robeson County, NC.  Look under Mariah Sampson Lowry for information on his wife.




Lowry, Mr. Thomas Edward Lowry, age 30 of 1445 Buckingham Ave., Gastonia, NC, died Saturday in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Services:  First United Methodist Church, Pembroke NC; May 1, 1984

Interment: Berea Baptist Church Cemetery, Pembroke, NC


He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Gastonia.  He was the son of the late Gola Blue Lowry.  Survivors include his father, Dorsey V. Lowry of Gastonia; four brothers, Van Lowry of Florence, SC, Dr. Wade L. Lowry of Euless, Texas, Jim and Harry Lowry of Gastonia.


Lowry, Mrs. Vera M.

B. June 19, 1914; D. 1987

Services:  Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church

Interment: Hopewell Methodist Church Cemetery


She was the daughter of Mary Novella Wilkins and Luther V. Maynor in Robeson County.  Her husband was Elmer Theodore Lowry.  She is survived by one son, Elmer R. Lowry, Jr. of the home.  Three sisters:  Mrs. Fannie Lowry of Charlotte, NC, Mrs. Alice Newton of Los Alamitos, California, and Mrs. Fossie Ludlum of Los Alamitos, California.  Two brothers:  Mr. Chacy V. Maynor of Pembroke, NC and Mr. Luther V. Maynor of Greensboro, NC and a host of relatives and friends.


Lowry, Mrs. Vivian L., age 77 of 401 Pine Street Pembroke, NC

B. October 30, 1915; D. February 11, 1993

Services: Bear Swamp Baptist Church, February 14, 1993

Interment: Hopewell Methodist Church Cemetery, Hopewell, NC


She is survived by three sons:  Mr. Weymouth T. Lowry of Anchorage, Alaska, Mr. Norbert S. Lowry of Charlotte, NC and Mr. Garry A. Lowry of Rowland, NC.  Two daughters:  Mrs. Trula G. Lowry Wilson of the home and Miss Syble O. Lowry of Charlotte, NC.  One brother: Mr. Varcer C. Lowry of Ocean City, Maryland, two sisters:  Mrs. Velma Mae Lowry Maynor and Mrs. Helen Neal Lowry Miller both of Pembroke, NC.  Twelve grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.


Lowry, Walter A.  of Va. B. Oct.  1893 died February 27, 1959 in the Vet Hospital.  He was the son of Henry Lowry, B. Jan. 1859 and his wife Julie, B. June, 1869.  His siblings were as follows: John A.B. , B.  June, 1890; Walter. A., B. Oct.,1893; Stella I. M., daughter B. Sept., 1894; Violer, daughter B. June, 1897; Bernard, son, B. Feb. 1900.  The family owned their farm in 1900.


Lowry, Mr. William Brant (Bill)

B. November 24, 1941; D. April 29, 1984

Services: First United Methodist Church, Pembroke, NC

Interment: Hopewell Cemetery, Robeson County, NC


He is survived by his wife, Joan L. Lowry; one son, Joel Brent, and one daughter, Kara Elizabeth all of the home.  His mother, Mrs. Etta Mae Lowry of Pembroke; two brothers, James Garnie Lowry and Stanford Lowry of Pembroke.  He was preceded in death by one daughter, Donnette Rose Lowry and his father, James Lee Lowry.


Lowry, Mr. Willie Von, age 72

B. May 5, 1926; D. April 19, 1999

Services:  Prospect United Methodist Church, Prospect Community, NC

Interment: Deese  Family Cemetery


He was the son of the late John W. and Bessie J. Lowry of Pembroke, NC.  He married Sue N. Harris May 14, 1949 and had two children, Kelvin Kent Lowry of Pembroke, NC and Karen Lowry Sampson of Norman, Oklahoma.  He was the grandfather to Stephen Lowry of Winston-Salem, NC., Lauren Elizabeth Sampson and Kellen Matthew Sampson of Norman, Oklahoma, and step-grandfather to Jeremy Jones of Raleigh, NC., Bradley Jones and Ashley Jones of Pembroke, NC.  Other survivors include daughter-in-law, Deborah C. Lowry and son-in-law Kelvin D. Sampson, and granddaughter-in-law, Amy Lowry.  He is also survived by a brother, James F. Lowery of Pelzer, SC.  He was preceded in death by a brother, James M. Lowry, and a sister, Lucille Lowry.


Lowry, Mr. Zeb Abner, age 84

B. December 25, 1900; D. February 18, 1985

Services:  First United Methodist Church, Pembroke, NC

Interment:  Lumbee Memorial Gardens


He was the son of the late Mr. Abner and Mrs. Josephine Lowry of the Hopewell Community.  He is survived by his wife; Mrs. Fannie Bell Lowry, five sons; Mr. Gene A. Lowry of Richmond, Va., Mr. Zeb Abner Lowry Jr., of Utica, Michigan, Mr. Jack Lowry of Lebanon, TN., Mr. Earl J. Lowry and Mr. Dennis Lowry both of Charlotte, NC, Six brothers; Mr. Carlee Lowry of Albuquerque, NM, Mr. Theodore Lowry of Rowland, NC, Mr. Elery Lowry of Lancaster, Pa., Mr. Ira Pate Lowry, Mr. Jason Lowry and Mr. Bernard Lowry all of Pembroke, NC., five sisters; Mrs. Frank Yearicks of Pa. and Mrs. Bernice Lowry Webb of Ohio,  Mrs. Eunice Young of Maryland, Mrs. Frank Locklear of Lumberton, NC, and Mrs. Prebble Oxendine of Rowland, NC.  Twenty grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

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