We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name,
In life we loved you dearly,in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
Written by, Ron Tranmer
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Rev. James Willie Lowder was born on December 4, 1920, in Chancy, Georgia, the eighth child born to the late Ivey Lee Lowder and Sarah (Travis) Lowder. On February 14, 1942, he married Elizabeth (Eaddy) Lowder, and this union lasted 60 years until Elizabeth's passing on August 9, 2002. They had eight children.
Rev. James Willie Lowder's highest education level was the 2nd grade. He stopped going to school to help take care of his family.
He was employed as a cement finisher Helper by Daniel Construction in Brunswick, Georgia, from October 1942, until entering the Armed Forces in March 1943. He served in the Army from March 22, 1943, to November 23, 1945, when he received an honorable discharge ar Fort McPherson, Georgia.
Rev. James Willie Lowder was a World War II Veteran. His rank in the Army was Corporal. He was a Private in Quartermaster Basic Training (521) for 4 in a half months and a Labor Foreman (Corporal) (356) for 28 months. He fperformed duties as a Labor Foreman while serving with the 4,197th Quartermaster Service Company in England and France. He supervised a group of service crewman in the performance of various unskilled jobs, such as loading and unloading supplies from ships, and loading gasoline and food supplies on planes. He helped guard prisoners of war for approximately eight months.
Rev. James Willie Lowder gave his life to Christ at an early age during a church service in Blackshear, Georgia. During that same service. the Holy Ghost fell on him. A few years later, he went on to preach his Trial Sermon. The Scripture was John 5:3-9, the subject was "Wait on the Lord", and the song he sang before he began his sermon was "Drive Old Satan Away". Five weeks after his Trial Sermon, he went on to pastor two First-Born Churches in Georgia. His salary was $2.50 a week.
In 1951, he moved to Miami, Florida, where he went on to pastor several other chuches. The last church he pastored was New Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church, from where he retired in 2005. While pastoring a church in Miami, his occupation was in construction.
A carpenter, from 1945 to 1988, he built several houses and commercial buildings all throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
After Reverend Lowder retired, he joined New Corinth Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Moses L. Paschal, Sr., and most recently, Rev. Moses L., Paschal, Jr. After 68 years of preaching for the Lord, he preached his last sermon on April 19, 2015. His favorite song was "He's a Battle Axe".
On Wednesday, July 24, 2019, the Lord decided to call him home. Rev. James Willie Lowder loved the Lord with all his heart.
2 Timothy 4:7-8----"I fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day, and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing".
Preceding Rev. James Willie Lowder in death are: his parents, Ivey Lee Lowder and Sarah (Travis) Lowder; his wife Elizabeth (Eaddy) Lowder; sisters, Lillie Evans, Bessie Travis, Ella Burch, Ruby Lowder, Charity Hearns, and Alberta Sims; brothers, John Lowder and Ivey Lowder Jr.; daughters, Willie Yvonne Ford, Alice Patricia Lowder, and Mae Evelyn Lowder; and sons, WIlbur (Bay) Lowder, Willie James Lowder, and William (Billy) Lowder.
He is survived by his sons, Melvin Lowder, Alvin Lowder and John Lowder, as well as nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grands, great-great grands, and friends.
Alice P. Lowder was born on March 24, 1954 in Miami, Florida to James W. Lowder and Elizabeth Eaddy Lowder.
Alice was educated in the Public Schools of Miami, Florida and graduated from Miami Jackson Senior High School in 1972. In 1985, she was hired by the United States Postal Service, where she had a successful career serving her community as a Mail Carrier for eighteen years.
Alice had a strong love and passion to serve the Lord, when God showed her a vision to move to Kansas City, Missouri in 2003. She sold all her worldly possesions, whech included her home, and car. Almost al proceeds were given to various charities before she decided to embark on her journey. For the past fifteen years, Alice went on the Mission Field serving at local churches, homeless shelters and community evangelizing, spreading the word of God to friends, families and strangers, until God called her home to glory. Doing God's will, was always first throughout this journey. She loved the Lord God with all of her heart.
On Monday, December 3, 2018 God called her home to glory. Her mother Elizabeth E. Lowder and Willie Yvonne Lowder, Wilbur Alphonzo Lowder, Mary Lowder and Williams Lowder all preceded her in death.
Sweet and loving memories will be forever cherished by her son, Arthur L (Loris) Deesaw Jr.; granddaughter, Lorissa P. Deesaw; father, James W. Lowder; brothers, Melvin Lowder, Alvin Lowder, and John Lowder; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
Lizzie Elizabeth Walker was born on November 24, 1926 in Rocky Mountain, North Carolina to the late Lillie Mae Evans and the late Elijah Moore. She departed this life peacefully on March 16, 2017.
Lizzie was educated in the Patterson, Georgia Public Schools in her early years. She was saved at an early age in Patterson and always had a song in her heart for the Lord. She moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the age of 14 and attended the Philadelphia Public School System and joined Old Jerusalem Church of the Living God, where she attended until her health declined. She loved singing in the choir or singing a song when asked. She loved the Lord and talked about him every chance she got, just to lett people know that God loved them. She met and married the late Jessie Walker in 1942, and they were married for 3 years at the time of his death.
Lizzie had a zest for life and treated all she met with kindness. She was well known (down the bottom and around her neighborhood) as Ms. Liz, Ms. Walker or Ms. Queen. She enjoyed holding card parties at her home, selling dinners and doing hair for the neighborhood girls. She was an excellent cook and everyone raved about her meals.
Lizzie was preceded in death by her daughter, Shirley. sons, Milton and Vernon, grandson, Alonzo "Mickey" Owens, great granddaughter Tovoyia Owens, and brothers, Earl and Robert Evans and Robert Harris.
She leaves to celebrate her life: her son, Derek (Michele) of Bowie, Maryland; daughter Maggie Hearne (Hansom) of Patterson, New Jersey; daughter -in-law, Barbara Scott Walker; God-daughter, Kathy Alexander of Philadelphia; grandsons, Frank Walker, Francis Hyman, Derek Walker, Jr., each of Philadelphia, Cameron Walker and Blair Walker, of Bowie, Maryland; granddaughters, Alonda Owens, Lynette Walker, Sharita Bolden-White (Paul), Veronica Bolden, each of Philadelphia; 31 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren; nieces, Henrietta Ransom, Joann Johnson, Roslyn Harris, Robin "Peachie" Evans, Kim Evans, Patricia Miller, Pamela Foster, Cheryl Evans and Tamara Evans; Nephews, Vincent Evans and Earl Carl Evans Jr; and many other relatives and friends.
Earl (McDuffie) Evans was born February 16, 1930 to Robert Evans and Lillie Mae Lowder Evans. In his second year of life he was preceeded in death by his father and his mother moved to Philadelphia, PA to help support the family. Ivey and Sarah Travis Lowder raised him in Holiness and self respect.
Mr. Evans began his education in Pierce County; he later served his country in the Korean War. Most of his career life he was employed by Wilson Construction until retirement. The fullness of life was given to him, for he lived life and lived it in great abundance. He loved life to the extreme. We honor the great man of God. A man after God's own heart, A modern age King David. If he knew nothing else he knew the Word. When he began to live the life God wanted him to live, he wanted no soul left behind. He was a Deacon for over 60 years and held many offices during his church life.
At the age of 21, Mr. Evans was united in holy matrimony to Ruth Mae Campbell, who preceded him in death. Later in life he married Helen Davis of Patterson, GA, who he leaves to celebrate his home going.
He is preceded in death by a daughter Dina Evans.
The off springs of Mr. Evans are as follows: Earlene Ellison, Patterson, GA; Patricia Miller, Spring Lake, NC; Earl C. (Beulah) Evans, Blackshear, GA; Pamela Evans Foster, Patterson, GA; Cheryl Williams, Patterson, GA; Tamara Coney, Patterson, GA; A sister. Lizzie Walker, Philadelphia, PA; a nephew, Johnny Myers and a great grand child who he love, Aari Scott; a God sister, Melissa Howard and a God brother, Dan (Flora) Holloman, a host of grand children, great grandchildren many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Vernon Walker was born April 22, 1961 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Lizzie E. Walker and the late Jack Brown. He departed this world peacefully on May 27, 2016 surrounded by family.
Vernon was educated in the Philadelphia Public School System. He was employed by the Associated Services for the Blind and by the Public Legend Big/author Jackson Company until his health declined.
Vernon had a zest for life and treated all he met with kindness. Vernon was a very quiet person with a calm demeanor. It was rare that you would see him upset. Not too much get to him. He always loved spoiling his nephews and nieces while they were growing up, being a playful uncle who, it seemed never disciplined them when they were misbehaving. He also enjoyed hanging out with his homeboys down the bottom, just chilling. His nickname was Frog, because of his big eyes.
Vernon enjoyed watching sports and loved all the Philadelphia sports teams. I thank the only time I saw him upset was when his sports made crazy decisions and played poorly. He was a gifted cook, just like his mom and enjoyed making good meals for his family.
He leaves to celebrate his life: his wife and love of his life, Barbara Scott Walker; his loving mother, Lizzie Walker' one son, Francis Hyman; two daughters, Sherita Bolden and Veronica Bolden; two brothers, Derek Walker Sr. (Michele) of Bowie, MD and Milton Walker (Preceded in death); one uncle, J.W. Lowder of Miami, FL; nine step children, Monique, Bill, Barbara, Regina,Shawna, Reggie, Rita, Johnea, and Lakya; thirteen grandchildren, Shalie, Terrion, Pauliff, Kay'lee, Walee, Sanai, Ziya, Jayda, Jaheem, Cynthia, James, Jameer, Aalimah, and Aasiyah; five nephews, Frank L. Walker, Derek Walker Jr., both of Philadelphia, PA, Cameron Walker, Blair Walker, both of Bowie, MD, and Alonzo Owens (Preceded in death) two nieces, Alonda Owens and Lynette Walker, both of Philadelphia, PA; two brothers in law, Chuckie and David; one God-Sister, Kathy Alexander; many other relatives and friends.
Shirley Ann Owens Walker was born on June 27, 1954, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Lizzie E. Walker and the late George Chester.
Shirley was educated in the Philadelphia Public School System. She was employed by Septa CCT as a Driver.
Shirley had a zest for life and treated all she met with kindness. As a teenager growing up, she was treated like a leader of the pack, but she was just one of the girls. She liked having parties in her basement and hanging out with her good friends. When you made friends with her, you became a friend for life. She often referred to as, the "Diana Ross" of the bottom.
Shirley enjoyed watching movies and listening to old school music. She was a gifted cook, just like her mom and enjoyed making dinners and having gathering at her house for birthdays, anniversaries, or just to have guest at the house. She'd invite you over, but when it was time to go, she made sure you knew it was time, in her own special way. She could make you feel special even when she was fussing at you.
She leaves to celebrate her life: her son, Frank Walker; daughter, Alonda Owens-Leach; her mother, Lizzie E. Walker; sisters, Maggie Hearne of Paterson, New Jersey, May Chester of Philadelphia, PA; brothers, Vernon Walker (Barbara) of Philadelphia, PA, and Derek Walker, Sr. (Michele) of Bowie, MD; one uncle, Earl Evans of Patterson, GA; eighteen grandchildren, four great-grandchilden; her god sister, Kathy Alexander; her nieces, Lynette Walker, Sherita Bolden, and Veronica Bolden, all of Philadelphia, PA; nephews, Francis Hyman, Derek Walker, Jr., both of Philadelphia, PA, Cameron Walker and Blair Walker of Bowie, MD, Robert "Duck" Owens; her dearest friends, Annette Wilcox, Ayuana Harris, Mary Johnson, Nazaret Tecelembet, Sunny Carter and Tan Waller; special daughters, Maishanna, Kia, Juwanna, Gwen, Mumi, Shirl, Wendy, and many other relatives and friends. Her son, Alonzo "Mickey" Owens preceded her in death.
Willie Yvonne Lowder Ford was the first born to James W. Lowder and the late Elizabeth (Eaddy) Lowder.
Yvonne as she was affectionately known by, received her education in the Miami-Dade County Public School System Graduating from Miami Jackson Sr. High School.
Yvonne joined the christian family of New Cornith Missionary Baptist Church on August 8, 2008, under the leadership of Rev. Moses L. Paschal. Yvonne continued to serve her church until her demise. Yvonne passed away on Friday, January 27, 2012 at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Yvonne leaves to mourn her passing, a devoted father Rev. James W. Lowder; three sons, Johnnie L. (Shirley) Ford Jr., Timothy L. Ford and Darius (Erica) Childress of Fort Benning, Ga; Three brothers Melvin Lowder of Atlanta, Ga., Alvin Lowder and John Lowder of Miami, Fla; One sister Alice Lowder of Kansas City, Mo.; Two Brothers preceded her in death Alphonso and Billy Lowder.
Yvonne will also be missed by a host of other sorrowing neices, nephews and other relatives and many many friends.
Ann Rebecca Troutman, became the second child of five children to the late, Jessie B. Lowder and Willie F. Troutman. Born on March 15, 1954, at Mount Sinai Hospital, Miami Beach, Florida.
Ann lived with her grandmother in Paris, Texas and received her education there. In 1971, Ann returned to Miami, Florida where she worked as a bartender in Coconut Grove, Florida for many years.
Ann was preceded in death, by her sister Peggy Troutman and brothers, Joel Troutman and Ivan Wesley Ragin. Ann was a loving and caring person. She cared about family and friends. She was a devoted mother and grandmother as she was called "Nana" by her grandchildren. On December 15, 2001, Ann married Walter Proctor her long-time friend.
Ann leaves to cherish her memories, her husband Walter Proctor, her two sons Kevin O. Troutman (Latonya) and Zabariel Moss (Resshanda) all of Miami, Florida. Sisters - Marilyn Cave, Rosalyn Davis, Faye Troutman, and Jasmin Seymour all of Miami, Florida. Sister-in-law Leslie Ware of Miami, Florida. Brothers - E.G. (Peanut) Robinson of Philadelphia, PA. and Tim Paulk of Atlanta, GA. Grandchildren - Rahmin Jefferson, She'Kia (Shay) Morant, Kevin Troutman II, Paige Troutman, and Kayla Troutman all of Miami, Fl. Nieces - Lakechea Melvin, Tiombe Washington, Quatrina Wilcox and Candis Ware all of Miami. Nephews - Frank Walker of Philadelphia, PA., Latauro Dismuke, Joel Troutman, and Calvin Troutman all of Miami, Florida. God-daughter - Cassandra Prophet-Mitchell (Duane) of Miramar, Florida. Adopted sons - Derrick Johns, Alex Law, Bernard Stokes, and Alquez Griffin, and host of family and friends.
Jackie Lee Lowder Sr., was born in Blackshear, Georgia, on April 5, 1942. He was the son of the late Juanita Butler and Eugene Lowder.
Jackie grew up in Georgia and moved to Titusville with his family. He became a resident of the community and reared his family in the area. He was employed by the City of Titusville Sanitation Department for many years.
Jackie departed this life on Saturday, February 9, 2008, in Orlando, FL. He is survived by his children: Jackie L. (Paula) Lowder, Jr. of Tampa, James C. Lowder of Titusville, Jackey J. Lowder of Jacksonville, and Albert Jordan also of Titusville, Tonda Lao Edwards of Inglewood, CA and Cori Lowder of Miami, siblings, Vivian M. (Tommy) Allen, Vera (Rev. Johnny) Bryant, Annie Pearl Hendrix, Virginia Rivers, Sandra (Johnny) Brown, Luther W. (Maline) Walkder and James (Myra) Lowder, 16 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Marie was the oldest child born to the union of Tommie and Durrell Mills McRae in Laurens County, Georgia on May 7, 1919.
Marie accepted Christ and joined Chauncey Chapel in Chauncey, GA at an early age. She met and married Willie Allen on March 31, 1934. Ten children was born to this couple. Deacon Willie Allen and oldest son, Emmitt Allen preceded her in death along with her Mother, Durrell Peacock and only sister, Alice McRae Harrison....what a reunion!
Upon their move to Florida with their four children (Emmitt, Lillie, Alice and Tommie) they decided to make their home, Oak Hill, Florida.
They both joined St. Martha Missionary Baptist Church and remained members until death. All ten children eventually joined St. Martha.
While residing at Carnegie Garden Nursing Center, Deaconess Allen heard these words on August 22, 2007 at 9:15 a.m., "Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest awhile". Mark 6:31
Deaconess Marie McRae Allen leaves children: Lillie Charles, Alice Taylor, Tommie (Vivian) Allen, Willie (Brenda) Allen, Pauline Link, Reginald Allen, Regina (Willie) Burnette, Marilyn (James) Monroe and Michael (Luvenia) Allen, along with 25 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
On August 28,1958, Joel Calvin Troutman, became the fourth of five siblings born to the late Jessie B. Lowder; and Paul P. Thomas in Miami Beach, Florida. Joel third oldest sister Peggy Theresa Troutman and his baby brother Ivan Ragin preceded him in death.
Joel was educated in Miami, Florida, where he graduated from Carol City Senior High in 1975. Joel accepted Christ in Butner, North Carolina under the leadership of Reverend Benjamin Oakley.
Joe was a loving and caring person, he cared about his family and he worshiped his children he was always there for them in mind, body and spirit. He will truly be missed by all of his friends who knew him as "JOE BLOW".
He leaves to cherish his memories, his father Paul P. Thomas of Goulds, Florida; five children; Quartina Wilcox, Orlando, Florida, Lautoro Dismuke, Joel Calvin Troutman, Jr, Candis J. Ware, and Calvin Joel Troutman all of Miami, Florida. Four sisters; Marilyn Cave, Ann Troutman (Walter), Lena Faye Troutman, and Rosalyn Davis. Three brothers; Edwin "Peanut" Robinson of Philadelphia, PA, Tim Paulk of Atlanta, Georgia and Paul P. Thomas Jr. of Gooulds, Florida. Devoted Companion Leslie Ware, Dedicated nephews; Kevin O. Troutman (Latonya) and Zabariel Moss and one dedicated niece; Lakechea T. Melvin; grandmother; Gloria George, grandchildren; Damir and Dylan Hartfield, grand nephews; Santana and Ace Melvin, Kevin Tyriek Troutman, grand nieces; Shekia Morant, Paige and Kayla Troutman, Long time friend; Annette Randale, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends.
On Easter Sunday April 10, 1955 in Miami, Florida the life of Peggy Theresa Troutman began, she was the daughter of the late Timothy Williams and Jessie B. Lowder.
At an early age her family moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she attended Elementary School at Blankenbyrd Elementary. Later in the years she relocated back to Miami, Florida and graduated from Coral Gables Senior High.
Peggy was a loving and caring person who always put her family first, she would always feed you, she was known for her good cooking and baking, anytime you went by her house you were always able to find something to eat. Peggy joined First Leadership Baptist Church where she was baptized at a young age.
Peggy leaves to mourn her passing eight brothers, Joel Troutman (Leslie), Cornelus Williams (Jackie), Thomas Williams (Gwen), Freeman Williams, Raymond Williams (Pamela), Kenneth Williams, Timothy Williams, and Edwin Robinson. Eight sisters Marilyn Cave, Ann Troutman (Walter), Lena Faye Troutman, Mary Williams, Susan Williams, Alice Blagrobe(Leonard), Dorthy Williams, and Roslyn Davis. Two brothers that preceded her in death Ivan Ragin and Steve Williams. Dedicated nephews Zabriel Moss and Kevin Troutman (Latonya), dedicated nieces Lakechea Melvin and Quatina Wilcox, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends.
Charity Lowder Hearn was born to the late Ivory and Sarah Lowder on March 11, 1918, in Chauncy, GA; she grew up in Blackshear, Georgia and attended Lee Sr High School.
Charity first joined the First Born Church in Blackshear, Georgia. She later moved to Miami, Florida and continued her affiliation with a church wherever she was located, until the conclusion of her visit here. She served well at Faith Temple Pentecostal Church of the First Born of West Hollywood, under the leadership of Elder Allen Denard.
She leaves to mourn, one sister, Alberta Sim; one brother Reverend James W. Lowder, both of Miami, Florida; grandchildren Marilyn Cave, Ann Proctor (Walter), Peggy Troutman, Lakechea Melvin (Santana), Rosalyn Seymour, all of Miami, Florida, Joel Troutman of Coleman, Florida; great grandchildren, Kevin Troutman (Latonya), Quantrina Wilcox, Lautaro Trouitman, Candis Ware, Joel and Calvin Troutman and Tiombe Washington; six great - great grandchildren with a host of nieces, newphews and other relatives and friends.
On the tenth day of January, 1910, ten miles outside of Dublin, Georgia, Bessie Travis was born to the late Ivey and Sarah Lowder. She was the third of ten children.
She accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at an early age.
In 1932, she moved to Miami, Floirda where she met Joe Travis. They were wed in May, 1937. To this union three sons were born.
In 1953, she joined the Church of God, which is the Living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. She served faithfully until her health no longer permitted.
On November 1st, 2001, she was called home.
She leaves to mourn her passing three sons, Joseph, Lynn and Sylvester; two sisters, Charity Hearn and Alberta Sims; one brother Elder J. W. Lowder; three grandchildren, Ebony Travis, Ivory Mincey and Keon Travis; two geat-grandchildren, Marcus Mincey and Travis Edwards; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and other sorrowing friends.
Bishop Willie James Armstrong Sr., departed this life at his home, early Wednesday morning July 30, 1997, after a long illness.
He was born to Elder Edmund Armstrong and the late Ruby Armstrong, February 5, 1942, in Bacon County, GA. He attended school in Patterson and Blackshear, GA. His occupation construction (Block & Brickmason).
He married Lillian McCrae Armstrong, to this union five children were born. He recieved Christ at an early age, and was called into the ministry. He and family later moved to Miami, Florida ; which he established The Church of God on The Rock of True Holliness, 1971. 13 years later he moved to Waycross, GA; and connected with The Church of Christ Written in Heaven, Alma, GA.
A grandson preceded him in death Franklin M. Wright. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Mother Lillian Armstrong, his father, Elder Edmund Armsrong,Waycross, GA; four daughters Patrena Ramey (husband Asta) Synteria Armstrong, Las Vegas, NV; Robin (Carson Davis); Shirley Armstrong (husband Adrian) Waycross, GA; two sons, Willie Jame Armstrong, Jr. (Wife Monica), Las Vegas, NV; Staff Sergent Tong C. Armstrong (Wife Cheryl) Lorton, VA; a nephew he raised, Benjamin F. Davis (Wife Barbara) Las Vegas, NV; one sister Jessie Mae White (husband Bishop William White), Jacksonville, FL; one brother, Harry Armstrong (wife Linda) Brunswick, GA; four aunts, Charity Hearn, Alberta Sims, Bessie Travis, all of Miami, FL; Lucinda Brooks, Waycross, GA; one uncle, Rev. J.W. Lowder (wife Elizabeth) of Miami, FL; fifteen grandchildren; one great grandchild, a host of nieces, nephews, othe relatives and friends.
On December 19, 1937, God blessed Charity Hearns with a beautiful baby girl whom she named Jessie, in the town of Bristol, Georgia.
Her family moved to Waycross, Georgia, where she began her education. They later moved to Miami, Florida and she entered the Dade County Public School System graduating from Mays High School. She later married Frank Troutman and chose to be a full time housewife and devoted mother during the early years of her children's lives. Nuturing both her children and her marriage. Frank preceded her in death on April 9, 1974. In 1961, she moved to Baltimore, Maryland and later to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Missing family and friends, she returned to Miami, in 1969 and attended Miami Dade Community College. In 1970, she began her career with Metro Dade Transit Agency as a Bus Operator. In 1984, she was promoted to a Rail Attendant and later a Rail Supervisor.
She leaves to mourn: her mother, Charity Hearns, step-mother, Gloria George; three daughters, Marilyn Cave, Ann Troutman and Peggy Troutman; one son, Joel Troutman and wife, Leslie; three sisters, Juliet Lightbourn of New York, Janet Fenelon and Sandra Lightbourn of Atlanta, GA; one brother James George of Miami; granddaughter, Lakechea Cave, Quatrina Wilcox and Candis Ware; grandsons, Kevin Troutman, LaTaro Dismuke, Joel Troutman, Jr. and Calvin Troutman, Jr.; grandson-in-law, Eric Perry; great granddaughter, Shekia Moran; god-children, Loretta Muhamad, Edwin (P-Nut) Robinson and Ivan Williams, adopted children, Beverly Martin, Mary Faison, Roslyn Seymour, Betty (BJ) Nelson, David Middleton, Derrick Johns; devoted friend, Carolyn Clark; a host of sorrowing friends and neighbors.
Carrie Payne Bullard was born July 1, 1914 to the late Edgar Lowder and Rose Coates Lowder in Chauncey, Georgia. She was one of 13 children. She received her education in Chauncey. She accepted Christ at an early age and united with Chauncey Chapel Baptist Church. She later met and united in holy matrimony to Jessie L. Payne. To this union three daughters were born, later years the family moved and then to Hallandale. In 1980 she united with Ebnezer Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Joe C. Johnson. She was a member of The Foster Park Senior Citizens. She was well known through the community.
Ish. 43:2 says "When thou passeth through the water, I will be with thee; and through the rivers they shall not over flow thee"
Sister Bullard heard these words on Dec. 31, 1994 "Come ye yourself apart into a desert place, and rest awhile" Mark 6:31. She departed this life at Aventura Medical Center.
She leaves to cherish her memories: two daughters, Annie and Jearlene Payne of Hallendale. (One daughter preceded her in death) one brother Thomas Lowder of Jackson, Mich, one grandson, Larry Chrester (Gladys), one granddaughter, Lovetta Patterson, (Willie) all of Hallendale, eleven great grandchildren, twelve great great grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Susie Davis, Brooklyn, N.Y., Amanda Lowder, Jackson, Mich, one brother-in-law, Roscoe Ausbie, a host of other nieces, newphews, relatives and two special friends Ethel Dixon and Annette Funchess.
Deacon Wilbur Alfonzo Lowder was born September 5, 1952 in Miami, Florida, the son of Rev. and Mrs. Lowder. He was better known as "Bay". He was the second of eight children.
He joined the church under the leadership of Rev. Tom Curry, New Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church in early part of the 90's. He was later baptised under the leadership of Rev. J.W. Lowder. He served well as a memeber up to the third Sunday of April 1991. At that time he was ordained as a deacon. He served his church well as a deacon until health began to fail him. On May 15, 1992 the lord called him on.
He is survived by four children, Miriam, Piliadowa, Tiffani and Alfeda; one grandchild, Jeffery Jr.; two sisters Yvonne Ford and Alice Lowder; four brothers, Melvin, William, Alvin, and John; three Aunts, Bessie Travis, Charity Hearn, Alberta Sims, and former wife Rosia Marie; a host of relatives and friends. We will all miss you but God loved you best.
Mrs. Alice McRae Harrison was born to the late Tommie and Durell McRae, February 18, 1922 in Lawrence County, Georgia. At an early age she joined the Chauncey Chapel Church.
Upon marriage to Eddie Harrison, October 17, 1936, she moved to Macon, GA where she joined St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church. She served on the Mother Board as assistant bookkeeper, sang in the choir and served as treasurer and was a Deaconess.
On September 9, 1991, God called her from labor to reward at the Medical Center of Central GA.
She leaves to mourn her passing: a devoted husband, Eddie Harrison; one sister, Marie Allen, Oak Hill, FL; two brothers-in-law, Ralph Bonner, Springlake, NC and Willie Glenn, Macon; one sister-in-law, May Bell Bonner, Springlake, NC; a devoted cousin, Dorothy Pickens; a host of sorrowing nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mrs. Durell Mills Peacock was born to the late Frank and Missouri Hester, August 28, 1900 in Lawrence County, Georgia.
She married the late Tommie McRae in 1916. To this union four children were born, two preceded her in death. She later married Tom Peacock, who also preceded her in death. One grandson also preceded her in death.
On August 18, 1986 at Fish Memorial Hospital, Mrs.Peacock was called to rest.
Mrs. Peacock joined the Evergreen Baptist Church at an early age where she was a faithful and devoted member of the Usher Board and Missionary Society until her health began to fail. She was also a member of the Eastern Stare. After moving to Oak Hill, Florida she joined the Saint Martha Missionary Baptist Church.
She leaves to mourn her passing, two daughters, Marie Allen of Oak Hill, Florida, and Alice Harrison of Macon, Georgia; one son-in-law, Eddie Harrison; nine grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Robert was born June 7th 1928 in Helena, Georgia to the late Robert and Lillie Mae Lowder Evans. He was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the United States Army. While a young man, he met and married Ms. Mary Long of Philadelphia, PA. To this union five children were born. They lived in Philadelphia for a number of years before moving back to Patterson, Georgia.
He leaves to mourn: three sons, Robert J. Evans, Richmond, VA, Wallace Evans and Vincent Evans, Philadelphia, PA. Two daughters, Robin Evans and Kimberly Evans both of Philadelphia, PA. One sister, Lizzie Walker, Phiadelphia, PA, and a brother, Earl Evans of Patterson, GA. Eleven grandchildren, eleven neices and eight nephews. Also five aunts, Mrs. Bessie Travis, Mrs. Ella Bell Gainey, Miami, FL. Mrs. Elizabeth Lowder, Mrs. Charity Hearns and Mrs. Alberta Sims. One uncle, Rev. J.W. Lowder. and a host of other cousins, in-laws and sorrowing friends.
Mr. Edgar Lowder was born, February 14, 1881 to the late Frank and Rose Lowder, in Dublin, Georgia. He was married to the former Rossetta Coats, March 2, 1906, in Laurens County Georgia. She preceded him in death, March 7, 1948.
He lived in Chauncey Georgia until, Feb 14, 1974, when he came to Paris, Texas, to make his home with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Ausbie, Survivors are Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Ausbie, Mrs. Carrie Payne of Paris, Texas, and Johnnie B. Lowder, Lake Placid, Florida. One daughter-in-law, Mrs. Amanda Lowder. Sixteen grandchildren, 29 great-grand children, 12 great great grand children and a host of nieces and nephews.