Verona Smith Lowder ALBEMARLE - Verona Smith Lowder, 86, of Albemarle, NC, passed away Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Trinity Place. Her funeral will be at 11 AM, Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at West Albemarle Baptist Church with Rev. Ed Lowder officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 10 - 10:45 AM, Tuesday, in the West Albemarle Baptist Church Family Life Center. Born March 14, 1927, in Stanly County, she was the daughter of the late John W. Smith and Florence Haire Smith and was a retired employee of Wiscassett Mills. She was also co-owner and operator of Big Oak Curb Market with her husband Ted Lowder. She was a member of West Albemarle Baptist Church where she taught children in Sunday school for over 40 years. She always had a wonderful laugh and a smile that everyone loved. She was married to the late Edward A. "Ted" Lowder, who preceded her in death in 1996. Also preceding her in death were two sons, Bob Lowder and Roger Lowder; five sisters, Dorothy Smith, Esther Barnhardt, Eunice Smith, Alice Curtis and Desdy Swanner. Survivors include two sons, Rev. George Edward Lowder and wife Pam of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Jim Lowder and wife Barbara of Albemarle; a daughter-in-law, Cynthia Lowder of Albemarle; a sister, Elnora Smith of Stone Mountain, Georgia; eight grandchildren, Stephen Lowder, Sarah Myer, Jenny Lowder, Chris Lowder, Kevin Lowder, Kyle Lowder, Adam Lowder and Amy Black; and nine great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to West Albemarle Baptist Church's Children's Ministry or the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, 336 Church Street, Albemarle, NC 28001.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Nov. 24, 2013