Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

James Lee Lowder

James Lee Lowder, 88, of Albemarle passed away Monday, October 2, 2017.  His funeral service will be 4 PM Thursday, at Palestine United Methodist Church with Pastor Kevin McCormac officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care on Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 PM.

Born February 26, 1929 in Stanly County, NC, he was the son of the late John Ernest Lowder and Eliza Sylina Morton Lowder.  He was a retired carpenter with Wiscassett Mills Co.  Mr. Lowder raised chickens and loved tinkering with old automobiles.  He enjoyed watching TV and one of his favorite pastimes was drinking coffee with his good friend William Russell.

Mr. Lowder was preceded in death by his wife Ethel Lucille Dry Lowder and a son Eddie Ray Lowder.  Survivors include son Tommy L. Lowder Sr. (Julie) of Albemarle, daughters Nancy L. Frick (Earnest), Julie L. Simpson (Charles) and Cathy L. Huneycutt (Doyle) all of Albemarle, brother John W. Lowder (Debbie) of New London, sister Elizabeth Sossamon of Mt Pleasant, 9 grandchildren and 17-great-grandchildren.

Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Albemarle is entrusted with arrangements.


  • Johnnie and Joy Faulkner Posted October 2, 2017 6:17 pm

    Our prayers are with the family. My father, S.A. Faulkner and James were friends and attended Palestine Methodist Church.

  • Alan & Gail Burris Posted October 2, 2017 7:11 pm

    Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with you all. James was a special friend to us all and will be missed. May God comfort you and give you peace in the coming days.

  • Frank Sossamon Posted October 2, 2017 8:05 pm

    Uncle James was a great influence in my life as I spent time with him and his family. He was devoted to family, enjoyed his work, made life fun, loved the Lord and liked shooting the breeze. He’s now where he longed to be in heaven with Jesus, Aunt Lucille and his son Eddie. Our prayer and love are with all the family.

  • Scottie Huneycutt Posted October 2, 2017 8:19 pm

    James was a great neighbor and friend. The community will miss him . Prayers for the family. Scottie Huneycutt and Family !!

  • Edith Huneycutt Harless Posted October 2, 2017 9:20 pm

    Tommy,Nancy,Julie,Cathy,Lib and J.W., I was sad to hear about James passing,but rejoicing to know that he is home with Cille,Eddie,Robert,Teen,Carolyn and the rest of the family. I remember James when we were growing up as being a really fun guy to be around. I’ll never forget him staying at our house when me and Ruby were just little girls and he made us laugh all the time. He would tell us he was gonna “knock a hinky” on our heads when we would pester him. I can still smell that hair tonic he used on that dark hair of his.That was a fun time for us kids.It’s really sad for me to hear of my cousins passing away and I’ve not been able to go down and visit them for many years.But,I know I’ll see them again some day in heaven.Please know that I love every one of you and I will be praying for God’s peace and comfort to flood your hearts and souls in the days and weeks to come.

  • David and Sarah Fisher Posted October 2, 2017 9:34 pm

    Our deepest condolences and prayers to the Lowder family. James loved his family very much. I thank God I had the privilege to call him my friend.

  • Frankie Gale Harris Posted October 2, 2017 10:45 pm

    Nancy and family I send my sincere sympathy on the passing of your Dad. May God comfort each of you in the days ahead.

  • Brenda Smith Posted October 3, 2017 9:05 am

    I send my thoughts and Prayers to the family of James Lowder. I worked at the place where James an William drank coffee the best men I knew may you all find peace at this difficult time R.I.P. James fly high….

  • Clegg Eudy Posted October 3, 2017 10:00 am

    So sorry to hear about James. I worked with him at Wiscassett and have many fond memories of him, even stopped by his home a couple times to talk about old trucks. He was a good man and will be missed.

  • Evelyn Morton Sharp Posted October 3, 2017 10:54 pm

    I want to wish Robert’s family the love of God and Jesus Christ in this time of grief….especially to his children…son Tommy…daughters Nancy…Julie…and Cathy…also to his brother JW….and his sister Elizabeth and to his 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren….I am one of Bill Morton’s daughters…so Robert was my first cousin….May you all find some peace in this time of losing your beloved family member and friend…I want to come visit soon but I have lost two cousins…James and Robert before I could get there…I am so sad and heart broken….Please remember I have never forgotten any of y’all…I loved Uncle Ernest and Aunt Eliza (Daddy’s sister) so much…Two of the sweetest people I have ever known…My thoughts and prayers are with all of y’all and I pray for peace in your lives….Love all of you…Evelyn Morton Sharp

    • Evelyn Morton Sharp Posted October 3, 2017 11:08 pm

      I got James and Robert’s names mixed up…so sorry…please forgive me…like I said it has been a long time since I have visited my long lost family in Albemarle and surrounding cities…I talk to Jerry Lowder about once a month and Wanda Sossamon and I are friends on Facebook…If any of you want to request to be my friend at Wallace N Evelyn Sharp….JW and I are also friends on FB…I can’t wait to see everyone and I am praying for you…Love Evelyn Morton Sharp

  • J.W. Lowder Posted October 4, 2017 12:20 am

    I was reading these nice comments that James’s family and friend’s had made and I want to thank y’all. I was making it pretty good until I started reading, and thinking.. He was more than a brother. He was my Big Brother!! He has been a buddy and a friend ever since I was born. The last thing we said to each other was “I love ye”. I can look back on my life and every second of being around James Lowder was good. I want to thank all of you again….. And……I love ye Big Brother….

    • Sue Ramsey-Campbell Posted October 4, 2017 1:35 pm

      JW – I remember how much fun y’all had at the square when it snowed years ago.

  • Mike Carter Posted October 5, 2017 3:16 pm

    will be greatly missed fine mam

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