Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Cecile Lowder Almond

Cecile Lowder Almond, age 96 of Albemarle, NC formerly of New London, NC passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Trinity Place of Albemarle.  Her funeral service will be at 2:00 PM Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Bethany United Methodist Church with Rev. Ben Sloan and Rev. Jim Allred officiating.  Burial will follow in Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Stanly Funeral  & Cremation Care on Tuesday evening from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Mrs. Almond was born on August 12, 1920 in Stanly County, NC to the late John Frank Lowder, Sr. and Quennie Smith Lowder.   She was a graduate of New London High School, and was a retired employee of Wiscassett Hosiery Mill and Concord Telephone Company as a secretary.  At the time of her death, she was the oldest member of Bethany United Methodist Church.  She was a volunteer at Stanly Regional Medical Center and Hospice of Stanly & Uwharrie.  She was also a nursing home volunteer. Mrs. Almond was a member of V.F.W. Auxiliary, very active in her church choir, church board, UMW and a number of other offices.

Mrs. Almond was married to the late Charlie Bradie Almond who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were two brothers, James D. Lowder and C. Ray Lowder and two sisters Esther L. Bunting and Ada Lowder. She is survived by two daughters, Dianne A Holmes and husband Carol of Mint Hill, NC and Taska A. Williams and husband Preston of Charlotte, NC, one brother, John F. Lowder, Jr. of Bethel, CT, one sister Alene Lowder Brooks of Richfield, NC, five grandchildren, Charles M. Holmes, Wesley D. Holmes (Catherine)  Jennifer Holmes Trachen (Karim) Bradley P. Williams (Carolyn) and Matthew L Williams (Catherine). She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren, Bradie Holmes, Mary Sheldon Holmes, Preston Williams, Charlie Williams, James Williams, Ben Willians, Ryan Williams, Helen Williams and Elizabeth Williams.  She is also survived by beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank the staff of Trinity Place and Hospice of Stanly & Uwharrie for their kind and loving care of Mom while recovering from a stroke in November 2011.  We would also like to thank the ministers, Bethany Circle members, friends and extended family who continued to visit her during the six and half years she was at Trinity.

Memorials may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church, 2411 US Hwy 52 N, Albemarle, NC 28001, Hospice of Stanly & the Uwharrie, 960 N. 1st Street, Albemarle, NC 28001, or Bridge to Recovery, 12495 Philadelphia Church Road, Stanfield, N.C. 28163



  • Heather Almond Posted June 25, 2017 6:38 pm

    Our deepest condolences at this time for your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Vernona Holt Glover Posted June 25, 2017 6:48 pm

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • Jane C. Huneycutt Posted June 26, 2017 12:52 pm

    Taska, I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and carry you thru this time.

  • Jamie Eudy Posted June 26, 2017 2:04 pm

    Missing Mrs. Cecile today and for many more days to come. I passed by “her spot” in the Chapel this morning and will surely always remember her smile right down to her perfect lipstick and fashionable attire. I will hold dear the time I was allowed to spend with her. Thinking of all of you during this time.

  • Carol and Jack Turner Posted June 26, 2017 10:04 pm

    Such a sweet and lovely lady. So sorry, Taska and Diane.

  • Pam Lisenby Posted June 27, 2017 8:22 am

    Ms Cecile will forever hold a special place in my heart. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have met and loved her. Praying for the family in the days ahead. We will miss you, too.

  • Terri S. Phillippi Posted June 27, 2017 9:58 am

    Taska – I just learned about your dear Mother. Know my heart is with yours. As you well know, I clearly know the pain you and your family are enduring. Blessings to you all. Love, Terri

  • Marion Ratliff Posted June 28, 2017 8:56 am

    Taska – So very much thinking about you, Preston and your sister. My sincere sympathy and
    thoughts go to you. Much Respect!! Marion

  • Sandie Upchurch Posted June 28, 2017 10:04 am

    Ms. Cecile was a treasure to anyone that new her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Terry Rhodes Posted June 28, 2017 1:15 pm

    Cecile was a good neighbor and will be truly missed. I always think of her when the persimmons start
    to ripen in the fall. So sorry for your loss.

  • Jewell (Almond) & Ronnie Faggart Posted June 30, 2017 8:45 am

    We are sorry for your loss. She was always a special lady to me all my life. I think about her when I pass by her house, and know now she is with our LORD. May GOD bless each of you.

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