William Lowe, Jr.

Born on 11/19/31

Departed on 11/18/10

Resided in Louisa, VA

CSM William R. “Bill” Lowe, Jr., 78, of Louisa, passed away Thursday, November 18, 2010 at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, VA. Bill was born November 19, 1931 in Waynesboro, PA to William R. Lowe, Sr. and Mary Weaver Lowe. He was a Master Mason in the Mt. Herman Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 179, Hyattsville, Maryland.
CSM Lowe retired from the Army after over 20 years of service. He was stationed in Korea during the North’s initial invasion in 1950 and for a total of 42 months. He also served two tours in Vietnam with the Special Forces. He was awarded our Nation’s highest medal for heroism in peacetime. He charged a burning helicopter placing his life in jeopardy and rescued the crew. Following the Korean War he worked military security for three presidents and was honored to escort the widow of General Douglas MacArthur for the 100th anniversary of his birth to the celebration. He earned the Combat Infantry Badge twice and master parachutist airborne wings. His decorations include the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldier’s Medal, Bronze Star for Valor, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, 5 awards, Army Occupation Medal, National Defense Medal with bronze star, Korean Service Medal with 5 stars, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and his unit citations include the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation. Bill also received the Congressional Veterans Commendation.
Bill Lowe lived a full life after his military retirement; serving as Chief and town SGT. of the Mineral Police Dept.; investigator for State of Virginia Tax Dept.; was a partner in a restaurant in Norfolk, VA; two years with Louisa Sheriff’s Office and eleven years with town of Louisa Police Dept. He later enjoyed sailing and living in the Caribbean aboard his sailboat “BAREFOOTIN”
Bill is survived by his six children, William Edward “Bill” Lowe and wife Debbie of Glen Allen, VA, Linda Lowe of Ventura, CA, Donald A. Lowe and wife Teresa of Louisa, VA, Mary E. Johnson of Louisa, VA, John William Lowe currently stationed at Fort Knox U.S. Army Base, and Jason Everett Lowe of Louisa, VA, 12 grandchildren, Jennifer Lowe Wilson, Dustin Avery Lowe, Amy Elizabeth Lowe, Nicholas “Nick” R. Lowe, Leia Rollag, Sara E. Talley, Brandon R. Johnson, Stephanie R. Gordon, Rebecca F. Johnson, Brett L. Johnson, Alexis Ann Lowe and Tyler Everett Lowe, 3 great-grandchildren, McKenzie Lee Wilson and Maddie Grace Wilson and Kaylee Nuckols; 2 sisters, June Reed and Nancy George both of Chattanooga, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Dan Lowe.Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 22, 2010 at Woodward Funeral Home, 200 Fredericksburg Ave., Louisa, VA 23093. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at New Life Community Church, 509 E. Main St., Louisa, VA 23093, with the Rev. Josh Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery in Mineral, VA. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make donations to Families of theWounded Fund, Inc. c/o Village Bank P.O. Box330
Midlothian, VA 23113 or online www.familiesofthewoundedfund.org.

12 thoughts on William Lowe, Jr.

  1. Linda Lockwood on said:

    Donnie,Teresa and family……..please know I am thinking of you at this time of loss. It has to be a tough one and I am right there with you…..I will miss him and he was a man who will be remembered not only for his courage and his successes in the things he did but for being one of the best fathers and grandfathers there was!
    He always had a smile for everyone and had a great sense of humor.

    I want to thank him here for his time he served in Viet-Nam. Having just lost a husband who also served, I know how little thanks they got, I want to be one of those who remembers to do that.

    I love you all and if you need anything, just let me know.

  2. Alison Buckner on said:

    Major Lowe – Sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers.

  3. Garland & Jackie Nuckols on said:

    Many years ago, in the hospital after a lengthy illness, Bill’s recovery was complete and he was ready to leave. Thanksgiving was two days away and he was determined to be with his family. With a mission in mind, CSM Lowe placed a phone call; a ‘rescue’ mission was in place. It was very early in the morning on the day the ‘rescue team’ arrived at a Washington DC hospital and, for hours, successfully wrangled through multiply discharge issues with the medical staff. Finally, at 1500, Bill’s ‘rescue team’ wheeled him out and were on the way home. Of course, on that Wednesday before Thanksgiving, thousands of other people were, too. Many hours later, a very tired ‘rescue team’ left a very happy man at home with his family. With great pleasure, we were participants in that special mission. Our history of friendship with Bill and his family includes many happy memories. To his family, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you, always.

  4. Lisa Shaw & Family on said:

    We are saddened by the news of your loss. Please know that our condolences go out to all of you at this very difficult time.

  5. Toot & Jimmy Ryder on said:

    Donnie & Theresa
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad.It is so sad to lose someone,but especially around the Holidays.Our Thoughts & Prayers are with you all.God will be you all every step of the way,just as he was with Bill every time he made it Home From a Tour Of Duty.May God Bless You All.

  6. Lisa Perkins Bailey on said:

    Bill nicknamed me “Lizbeth” many years ago. I never knew why, but definitely felt blessed every time he called me by that name.

    He remained a courageous man, who was a dedicated friend over the years and the miles.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, especially during the holidays. Bill is proud of you all and loved you deeply. You have been blessed to have known him and share his life. So are those of us who called him friend.

    Good job, Bill, we will miss you.

  7. Joe & Marie Bowers on said:

    Bill was a wonderful person. I remember the good ol’ days when Sheriff Fortune was Town Sgt. and Bill was an Officer for the town. They made a good team! Our heartfelt condolences.

  8. Holly Grove Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. on said:

    Our heartfelt sympathy to family and friends.

  9. Randy & Andrea Frazer on said:

    The memories of Hampton, Norfolk and the “Seabelle”, as well as Louisa will be ones I always cherish. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill, Donnie, Linda & Mary and the rest of the amazing family that your Dad was extremely proud of. Your father treated me as one of his own at a time when I needed it most. I only wish I had made the effort and taken the time to stay in touch over the years.

  10. Teresa Smith on said:

    it was a pleasure to be able to care for Mr Lowe while he was at westport. my thoughts are with you at your time of loss.

  11. John Walker on said:

    I remember Mr.Lowe well. He was always there with a good word and advice whenever it was needed. I am proud to say I knew him and he will always be remembered with the utmost respect.

  12. victoria bougades beach on said:

    so sorry to here bill has passed, i have many fond memories of those of you that were part of the seabelle family, mom and dad are both long gone, mom 20 yrs, and dad 10, sister georgette 19 yrs, and brother buddy 2 yrs, so nice to see you have a large family, just wanted to say hi, and sorry for your loss, sincerly, vicki

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