Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Lavaughn Elwood Lowder

Lavaughn Elwood Lowder, 92, of Albemarle passed away Monday morning, June 3, 2019 at Stanly Manor, in Albemarle, North Carolina.The son of the late Wren and Vina Lowder, Lavaughn was born August 21, 1926 in Albemarle. He graduated from Albemarle High School in 1943.

Mr. Lowder was inducted into the United States Army on November 29, 1944, as a member of the 333rd Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division and sent to the European Theater of Operations. He was honorably discharged from active service in August 21, 1946 and then served 19 years in the North Carolina National Guard.

On November 3, 1951, Lavaughn married the late Dean Shaw, daughter of the late Ollie and Ora Shaw of Denton, North Carolina. Together, they made their home in Albemarle where they raised two children and were married for 63 years before her death on August 26, 2015.

Mr. Lowder retired as a pipefitter from Alcoa, Badin Works after more than 30 year of service.

Lavaughn loved working outside in his yard or his farm.  A Mason, he also enjoyed a good conversation, particularly those that involved current events. However, he derived his greatest joy from being with family.

Mr. Lowder is survived by his daughter, Sharon Lowder of Albemarle; his son, Michael Lowder and wife, Brenda of Johnson City, Tennessee; grandson, Matthew Lowder of Johnson City, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Mr Lowder was preceded in death by his brothers, Cameron and Weldon Lowder; and his sister, Vina Ruth Lowder Simpson.

The family appreciates all the care given by the staff at Stanly Manor. Most especially, the family wishes to thank his long-term caregiver, Carolyn Dunn, whose assistance prior to and during his stay at Stanly Manor was exceptional.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 12 pm at Salem United Methodist Church with the Reverend Steve Combs, officiating. Interment will be Salem United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the new Fellowship Building fund at Salem United Methodist Church.


  • Jenny Hatley Posted June 5, 2019 3:07 pm

    I am sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Prayers to you and your family.

  • Donna Bonds Posted June 6, 2019 7:27 pm

    Mr Lowder was a sweet man who dearly loved his family and loved to talk about farming. He and his wife both were good friends and will be greatly missed. Will be lifting up Sharon and her family in our prayers in the days to come.

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