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Obituary for Jessie Lowe
Jessie Lowe was born October 13, 1940 to Alonzo Lowe and Rosa Mae Anderson in Crawfordville, Georgia. He was the oldest of twelve children, and he was raised by his uncle and aunt, Rev. King David and Mrs. Annie Ruth Lee. He grew up in Fitzgerald, Georgia and attended the local school system. Jessie loved to read and was an adventurous young man. He met and fell in love with Sylvia Ann Edwards, and to this union two wonderful children were born: Erika R. and Erik G. Lowe. In 1963, Jessie was drafted into the U.S. Army. He excelled as a soldier and served in both the Korean and the Vietnam wars, where he received the National Defense Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palms Good Conduct Medal (4th). He also earned a Black Belt in Karate. After serving his country for over twenty-five years of dedicated service, Jessie retired at Fort Riley Army Base in Fort Riley, Kansas. Jessie was employed at the Junction City Foundry, as well as Wal-Mart in their bike department, where he really loved putting bikes together and seeing the smiles on young children’s faces, as they received their new bikes. He had a very active life in Junction City, as an avid fisherman, hunter, and Mason. But reading was always his favorite hobby. Later in life, he moved to Paterson, New Jersey to be with his son and his family. He attended Christian Health Care for active seniors, enjoying arts and crafts as well as bingo, dancing and singing until his health began to fail. He was preceded in death by his parents: Alonzo Lowe and Rosa Mae Anderson; his aunt and uncle, Rev. King David and Annie Ruth Lee; his daughter, Erika R. Lowe; siblings: Ruthie Mae Hughes, Fannie Bell Jackson, Willie Mae Nelson, Betty Jean Nelson, and Carolyn Jackson; and his ex-wife, Sylvia Ann Edwards-Belfield. On May 31, 2018, Jessie heard the call from my Lord “My son, let me stop the pain and suffering and come unto me and rest.” He answered, “Yes, Lord, I am ready to be welcomed home.” He leaves to celebrate his wonderful life: his faithful son and daughter-in-law, Erik G. and Danielle Lowe of Paterson, New Jersey; grandchildren: Lemar G. Cooper of Glennville, Georgia, Shantel L. Mays of Decatur, Georgia, Thereasa C. Cooper, Dejha B. Flood, Jacier L. Flood and Madison E. A. Lowe, all of Paterson, New Jersey; great-grandchildren: Tatiana, Chance and Demari Cooper of Paterson, New Jersey, and Noah Bennett of Decatur, Georgia; siblings: Ethel Jackson of Jacksonville, Florida, Doris Bray of Atlanta, Georgia, Curtis (Helen) Jackson of Thomaston, Georgia, Willie Jackson of Detroit, Michigan, Connie Paul of Thompson, Georgia; brothers and sisters-in-law: H. Dennis (Vanessa) Murphy, Kenneth (Magnolia) Murphy, Sr., and Emily D. Murphy; a stepdaughter, Una Johnson-Mackey; a stepson, Devon and Brandon Ravenell; close friends: Willie Brown and Sentra Bowers, both of Paterson, New Jersey, Johnnie and Angela Dunlap of Junction City, Kansas; his longtime Army friend, Morris Merriweather of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.