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Carl Edward Lowry, 79, left this world to be in his heavenly home on November 25, 2017. His devotion to his wife and family and his firm belief in God supported him in is will to survive and ultimately gave him peace. His final days were at his home in Ewing, Illinois.

Carl was born to the late Clarence and Ruth (Hopkins) Lowry, a furniture store owner and a homemaker, respectively, in McLeansboro, Illinois, on September 16, 1938. He was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Donald Everett.

On August 28, 1960, he married Mary Kay Farris of McLeansboro, Illinois. They spent a life together and through their devotion to each other and hard work they had many successes. Together they have one son, Jeff and two daughters, Cindy and Lesa. Carl was a loving husband and father and very proud of his family.

Carl was an electrician for over 30 years and a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). After retiring, spent his time as co-owner of A Special Occasion Bridal Salon in West Frankfort. He was very proud of the business that he helped build and worked as the bookkeeper.

He was an entertainer at heart. He always had a story or joke to tell or a magic trick to perform. His love for magic began at an early age and he used this passion to spread Gods Word with his Gospel magic, performing for youth and church groups.

Carl was soft-spoken, kind, and always had time to help others. He enjoyed his home that he built from the ground up, driving his tractor to mow or pull the grandchildren, wood working, gardening, nice cars, and shopping. He had a love for fashion, cowboy boots, and a daily fulfillment of peanut butter and Coca-Cola. He was an avid Cowboys fan and loved watching the Cardinals. He amused himself at playing practical jokes, and truly enjoyed making others laugh. He loved socializing with family and friends, traveling, visiting with grandchildren for a maximum of three days (because after that he said they start to stink like fish). He loved eating and was always planning his next meal, which might have been barbecue ribs. He had a lifelong love for dogs and leaves behind his loving companion, Missy.

Carl was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton, Illinois. He loved the Lord and shared his belief with his family and friends.

Left to honor and remember his love are his wife, Kay, of 57 years; son, Jeffrey (Leslie) Lowry of Benton, IL; daughter, Cynthia Blackford of Whittington, IL; and daughter, Lesa Lowry of Belleville, IL. Carl also leaves six grandchildren; Jonathon Lowry, Krista Lowry, Tyler Poynor, Kyle Beggs, Kelsie Beggs, and Alexander Schuhardt and five great grandchildren; Alyssa, Kameron, Kylee, Young, and Nirvana, along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Family and friends may pay respect at Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton, Illinois. Visitation will be Thursday, November 30 from 5 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be Friday, December 1 at 11 am. Graveside services will immediately follow at Thurmond Cemetery in Ewing, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Neurofibromatosis Midwest at nfmidwest.org.
Published on November 27, 2017
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