Thomas L. Lowery

May 29, 2013

Lowery, Thomas Obituary

Thomas Levi Lowery, Jr. was the only son of five children born in Deming, New Mexico to the late Thomas Levi, Sr. and Minnie Mead Lowery.  Thomas was baptized at an early age in San Antonio, Texas while attending secondary school. He joined Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in 1979 under the pastoral leadership of Reverend Rossie L. Patterson.

Thomas attended public school in San Antonio and graduated from The War Department Military Intelligence Service Language School (MISLS) in October 1941 – a few weeks prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. He rose above the stigma of classes that were held in abandoned airplane hangars.

Thomas attended the HBCU Prairie View College in Prairie View, Texas and then enlisted in the military service at Kelly Field in San Antonio. He started his training at the Army Air Force Technical School in Lincoln, Nebraska.  He was sent to Howard University in Washington, DC, for further specialized training and was transferred from Howard to the United States Air Force in Alabama, Florida and Kentucky. He served as Technical Sergeant with the Tuskegee Air Force Bombardment Squadron. Thomas was honorably discharged in 1945.

Thomas married the former Sarah Ellen Estell on December 29, 1944 and from that union they were blessed with six daughters. Each daughter was trained in the fine art of music, voice and piano and trained in the fine art of cleaning fish in the backyard.  Each daughter has a story of some pet or creature that Daddy brought home.  Some included dogs, rabbits, birds, raccoons, ducks, turkey, a chinchilla science project and even a ferret in the garage.  Each daughter has gone fishing with Daddy and his buddies and enjoyed the wild stories, the freezing cold mornings on Uncle Roy’s Boat, and the messy chore of cleaning hundreds of fish.

Thomas was employed as an electrician throughout the DC Metropolitan Area in several private electrical service companies and later as a roving electrical  expert throughout the DC Public School System, where he retired in 1990. He continued with his private clientele until his fall in 2010.

Thomas loved antique cars.  He was a member of The Old Cars Unlimited. These men and women traveled throughout the Metropolitan Area and nearby states sharing their historical cars and experiences. His personal collection of antique cars has included a 1934 Ford, a 1946 Cadillac, a 1950 Plymouth Coupe, a 1968 Ford Mustang and a 1969 Ford Mustang Convertible. He collected and treasured more than 100 model cars and historical trucks and engines. Each one had a story!

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Surrounded by his family, Thomas transitioned to his new home on Wednesday May 29, 2013.  He was preceded in death by his parents and five sisters: Sarah Elizabeth Davis, Minnie Emily Bryant, Thomasine Grant and Flossye Mae Rodgers, and one grandson Timothy Mason.  He leaves to mourn his passing: Sarah Estelle Lowery, his wife of sixty-eight years, his daughters: Rev. Jacqueline McLellan & Rev. Daniel, Sarah Estelle, Dr. Patricia Mabry & Aaron, Pamela Mason, Leona Fitzhugh & Michael and elenaMarie; grandchildren:  Daniel T. McLellan & Terry, Leonard  McLellan & Leka, Karen McLellan, Esq., Thomas Levi Lowery Gibson, Tamyra Tillman & David,  David Mason, Michael McLellan & Kelli, Kienen Mason, Tanya Harris, Starria Gibson, Allaina and Sterling Fitzhugh; great-grandchildren: Daevon, Megan & Mia McLellan, Corey & Simone Tillman, Shawn McLellan, David, Jr. & Kayla Mason and Tyler Levon Harris; nephew and nieces: Louis Lowery Davis,  Madelyn Louise Gardner, Texas and Sheilah Ann Rodgers Taylor, Alaska and other relatives, neighborhood friends and buddies.    

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On Friday, June 7, 2013:

Visiting - Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Washington (map/directions) - 10 a.m.
Funeral Service - Mt. Carmel Baptist Church - 11 a.m.
Interment - Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood (map/directions)




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June 7, 2013

Visiting - Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Washington - 10 a.m.

Day:

Info:
June 7, 2013

Funeral Service - Mt. Carmel Baptist Church - 11 a.m.

Day:

Info:
June 7, 2013

Interment - Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood


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