Robert Dee Lowe

Friday, August 17, 1923 - Thursday, May 2, 2019

In Honor and Remembrance

Photo of Robert Dee Lowe  - 1923-2019

Waynesville-  Robert D. Lowe, age 95 (unless you were a nurse or doctor, then he was 65) of Panther Creek, passed away early Thursday morning, May 2, 2019. The family is grateful that his passing was calm, while sleeping.

Robert D., or Papaw, was a native and lifelong resident of Haywood County and the son of the late Elizabeth “Lizzie” and Jess Lowe. Papaw was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, and their son, Robert D. Lowe, Jr.; three sisters, infant PolyAnna, Edith Beasley, and Mildred Toy; three brothers, Jack, Billy Joe, and Buddy; and a grandson-in-law,Chuck Jenkins.  At the age of 95, it’s little wonder that he was preceded by so many. He and the ones who knew him are fortunate for his longevity, and we give thanks.

Surviving are his grandchildren, Angela Jenkins and Christopher Lowe (Jane); great-grandchildren, Blake Jenkins (Sara), Megan Elizabeth, Trent, and Lily Grace Lowe; great-great-grandchildren Lincoln Maverick Jenkins and Holston Bower Lowe; two brothers Earl and Frank Lowe; a special niece, Sandy Horton; a great friend , Bruce Corzine and numerous nieces and nephews.

Robert D. was a proud WWII veteran. He was one of, if not the best, car salesmen ever, working for Taylor Motor Company. The exact number of vehicles he sold isn’t known, yet he claimed “a car a day” for 11 straight years. Having watched him work, it shouldn’t be doubted. For a brief period of his life, Papaw was a racecar driver, and some in the community who are still around may know him as such. He was also a horse man, showing and placing proudly many a fine horse.

There are many different ways people may have known Robert D. However it was, there is little doubt he left an impression. Thank you all who helped him live an awesome life full of experiences, laughter, tears, lessons, and love. This includes all the caregivers for the past two decades; your tasks weren’t always easy, but trust they made a difference. For the nurses and doctors, especially Dr. Palay and Waynesville Family Practice, your soft patient care was, and always will be, a blessing. Though set in his ways, you folks loved and cared for him. Thank you, Luke, for listening to hours of stories. As Robert D. has moved to the other side, please take and remember a little of Papaw with your days.

A memorial service  with military honors to honor and celebrate the life of Mr. Lowe was held at 4:00 pm Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Ridgeway Baptist Church in Candler.  Reverend Jackie Collins officiated. The family received friends at the church one hour prior to the memorial service.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Lowe family and words of comfort may be shared at  

Condolences from family and friends


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Angie, Chris, Trent and family, We are very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim & Lisa Morris
Angie and Family, Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this time of loss. We Love You Charles, Kelly And Joanie Jenkins
Kelly Jenkins
I came to know Robert Dee while doing my family genealogy. His mother, Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Arrington was a daughter of my great-aunt, Ellen Messer (who married Robert Arrington). Ellen was my G-Grandma's sister. I spoke with Robert once on the phone right before he moved from his home. He had a sharp mind and a great personality. My deepest sympathy to his granddaughter and grandson and all the great-grand children. Robert Dee leaves a great legacy and I know a lot of good memories for you, his family. God bless you all. Anita Justice Wages McDowell County
Anita Justice Wages
Just to say over the years I came to Love and care for Robert as like a Grand Paw,, Yesterday I found out he had passed that was a shock to me, He was a good man he loved his family no mater what he loved them with his whole Heart,,, He loved watching TV and Racing was his favorite, Besides listening to Preaching on the Tv Robert never really sit down and watched nothing while I was there But those 2 channels, I remember when my Daddy died last year he said now Jackie I need to talk to you I would go up there and he would start telling me things that daddy had done at his house and starting Laughing just trying to cheer me up,Yes I cried he did too they were good friends But i could sit and tell you things that we talked about all day long Robert R,I,P, Now you have 2 legs to walk with. eyes that can see the beauty of Heaven I know you are there in Heaven !!!! I will misss you alot the last day i saw you was in April I told him I loved him kissed him on the cheek and Tommy shook his hand he said now you hurry back he gave me his phone number but some how i lost it But I say to Angie & Chris That i did love pappaw with all my Heart iam sorry I was not there at the Memorial Its because i didnt know until yesterday Love you may God be with you as you go through him being gone I love you guys all of you love always never will forget a True Army man and a fighter !!!! love Jackie (593-0717)
Jackie (Dills) Mooney