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Mr. William M. Lowry (Deceased)
110 Shadycrest Avenue
Lafayette, LA 70501
Lowry's Printing and Signs
2004 W. Pinhook Road
Lafayette, La 70508
William Montgomery Lowry
LAFAYETTE - Bill Lowry, beloved husband, father and Granddaddy to all, passed away in the early morning hours on Sunday, July 10, 2011, from complications of a stroke. Born to Lou and Mella Lowry in Memphis, Tennessee in 1929, he came to Lafayette with an athletic scholarship from S.L.I, where he lettered in football. After graduation, he became a pilot in the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Captain. In 1955, he married Mary Elizabeth Jeanmard, whom he met at S.L.I., and they soon began their family. After leaving the Corps, they moved back to Lafayette where Bill began his career in the oilfield services industry. In 1981, Bill and Betty purchased a Kwik-Kopy Printing franchise which, through their diligence and hard work of the family members, now flourishes as Lowry's Printing and Copying. "Peanuts" was a member of the UL Alumni Association and the UL Ragin' Cajuns Lettermen Club. He was also a charter season ticket holder of the New Orleans Saints and past member of the Lafayette Airport Commission.
He will be greatly missed by his beloved Betty and their five children: Mella Lowry Viera and her husband, Raul; MaryBeth Lowry; Louie Lowry and his wife, Kathy; Claire Lowry and her partner, Melodi Marchiafava; and David Lowry and his wife, Brenda. Surviving also are his sister Mary Catherine Gentry and her family, of Clinton, Mississippi, and his brother Pat Lowry and his family, of Houston, Texas.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren: Angel Citron Myers, Raul Viera, Jr., Elizabeth Viera, Jeffrey Lowry, Bridget Lowry, Margaret McElligott Casey, Stephanie McElligott Marine, Bill Howard McElligott, Jr., Allison McElligott, Ian Lowry and Julia Lowry, as well as four great-grandchildren, Jeanne and William Myers, and Colin and Patrick Casey.
A remembrance of Bill's full and happy life will take place Wednesday, July 13 at 2:00 pm at Delhomme Funeral Home of Lafayette. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 12, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Wednesday, July 13, 11:00 am until time of service.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory may be made to the Ragin Cajun Athletic Foundation (RCAF), 201 Reinhardt Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506 or www.RCAF4UL.com.
Personal condolences may be sent to the Lowry family at www.delhommefuneralhome.com.
Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA, is in charge of funeral arrangements.
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Fall 2004 Alumni Spotlight
For Betty and William 'Peanut' Lowry, there are few memories more precious than their college years at SLI. "Most of the good things that have happened to me are a direct result of graduating from SLI," Peanut said. It's that sense of appreciation that inspired the Lowrys to join the UL Lafayette Alumni Association and to volunteer to help the organization with its community events. "Although we have always supported UL Lafayette athletics, we have now gotten to an age when old memories of all our college days are important," Betty said.
The former Mary Elizabeth Jeanmard, Betty was a member of the Red Jackets, a campus spirit group, at SLI. Along with other former members, she helped organize the first Red Jacket Reunion earlier this year and assembled a database of names of more than 200 members who were Red Jackets between 1938 and 1959. "It is always fun to renew old friendships and to meet people you missed knowing the first time around," she said. "The Red Jacket Reunion stirred up a lot of memories of halftime shows with balloons and pom-poms." Betty graduated from SLI in 1954 with a degree in chemistry. Fifty years later, she didn't let the golden anniversary of her graduation go unnoticed. This spring she made dozens of phone calls to former classmates, encouraging them to attend a Golden Anniversary Reunion she helped plan. Like his wife, Peanut finds himself urging others to support the University and the Alumni Association. His mantra: "Don't miss the opportunity to keep up with your classmates while promoting UL."
For several years, he was president of the S-Club (now the Ragin' Cajun Lettermen Club). The organization includes past and present athletes who have lettered in their particular sport. It holds an annual induction ceremony into its Hall of Fame. As S-Club president, Peanut was responsible for coordinating the group's participation in Homecoming, an event which gave him the chance to "see old friends and renew friendships" from his time at SLI. He graduated from the University in 1952 with a degree in business administration. For the past 23 years, the couple have operated Kwik Kopy Printing. As members of Lafayette's business community, Betty said it makes good sense to actively support the university. "By supporting UL Lafayette through its Alumni Association, you are lending your support to Lafayette's economy," she said. "Not enough of us realize what the University means to Lafayette."
|Football:|| 1950, 1951|
|Military Veteran:|| 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955|
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