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Paul Lowry COLUMBIA - Paul Lowry, a former Charleston firefighter and published author and poet, died yesterday. The son of Mable and Jack Lowry, Paul attended Shorter College in Rome, Georgia where he majored in History. An avid chess player and chess historian, Paul was a member of the Columbia Chess Club. An avid Clemson Tiger fan, Paul was a member of IPTAY in the early days. He is survived by his brother and sister, Jay and Jan and fianc‚ Carla Marks of Lindenwold, New Jersey. Paul was a member of St John Nuemann Catholic Church in Columbia.

Published in The State from Jun. 18 to Jun. 19, 2012.
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July 13, 2012
I've known Jay for 30 years and the one person I know Jay looked up to was his brother. This must be very difficult Jay. Your brother was a well loved and respected man.
June 23, 2012
I am shocked, and saddened.
Linda B
June 19, 2012
RIP to our brother firefighter
June 19, 2012
He will always be to me one of the nicest people to talk to when one was feeling blue. A good man with a great sense of humor.
Andrew Prizzbalak
June 19, 2012
Paul loved Carla and Jay so much. I'm sure both of you are hurting. Just remember he's watching you both.
June 19, 2012
Great man, great wit.
David Sellers
June 19, 2012
Jay, Jimmy said this was your brother. Were so sorry for your loss. Jim and Dale Ann
June 19, 2012
Paul was a true polymath. He's the finest historian of chess I've ever known.
Y Seirawan
June 19, 2012
Miss you Dad.
Ann Lowry-Keats
June 19, 2012
he loved God, meeting people, and learning...........he brought a smile to everyone who met him.......will miss him enormously
Ann Marks
June 18, 2012
I know it was hard, but I'm very honored to have been entrusted with his care during his final days. Thank you for that trust, Jay! You may know how much it meant to Paul, but you can't know how much it meant to me also, to be able to share Jello and cookies with him in the morning.

Thank you, Jay, for sharing your treasure in Paul with us!!
June 18, 2012
Rest In Peace my friend.
M. Bazemore
June 18, 2012
Paul was a superb poet and a tenacious verbal jouster. He was the most intelligent man I knew. He could have done anything.
Dr. William Arsdale
June 18, 2012
I will miss you my brother! You were my saving grace for a year or two there Pauly, thanks, and my side kick after the SSS fire at City Council. I am just glad to have had the pleasure of calling you my friend and brother at arms. Rest in peace and I will see you on the other side.

Jay, words can not express my thoughts enought. He will surley be missed by you. You did good by him. He loved you greatly. He is in good hands now and is no longer sick. May God be with you also.
Richard Koger
June 18, 2012
My sympathies to you Jay and Jan and to Carla (even though I never had the pleasure). Jay I remember you as a tiny fella and never knew you personally.

Jan I remember riding to school with you and Paul(Mike as he was known in those days).

Paul was always a stand up guy back then and a great football and baseball player. Always was taking up for an underdog geek like me.

I will never forget Mike my best friend . Our families were forever united back in the Old Melton School Community when we were a bunch of country kids attending a small high school called Pendleton High.
Phil McAlveen
June 18, 2012
To Jan and Jay, you have my deepest sympathy and prayers. Paul you were certainly one of the most intellegent and respectful southern gentlemen I ever met. Thank you for the memories of our discussions on many subjects. You will be missed and loved. Thank you for accepting me as I am.
Shirley Gaertner-McGee (Freeport IL)
Shirley Gaertner-McGee
June 18, 2012
Paul I met you at your mothers house when I came to visit your sister Jan. You and I had coffee many times after that. I remember fondly of the history chats that you had with my husband and I. You gave me smiles when I thought I could have naught. God bless you my old friend.
Linda Davis
June 18, 2012
I did not know you personally Mr. Lowry, but after hearing the stories of your adventures and prowess in the Chess World from your sister Jan, I feel I know you. I pray that God holds you in the palm of your hand for your legacy is great that you have left upon the land. I know you were a blessing to your sister and her family as she spoke with great respect of yours and your younger brothers honor and heart. You will be missed.
Remy Saldaukas
June 18, 2012
You are my love, my joy and my hero- Always.
Carla Marks
June 18, 2012
We were so glad that you and Carla were able to share some special times together. What a kind heart and a real southern gentleman... it was a priviledge to know you and be in your company. Gerry and I loved your stories and I will miss your phone calls as much as I will miss you. Your are at peace and in Gods Good Graces Now...
Susan & Gerald McGowan
June 18, 2012
My heart is crushed and my laughter has ebbed. No one could have asked for a better brother, mentor or friend. Being with you hourly the last 6 months as you bravely battled was an honor. You showed us all what courage and dignity means and your bravery dwarfs any I've ever seen in my life. I will miss our talks and your counsel. Rest in Peace in the arms of Christ for you were His faithful servant to the end.

Pax Christi

Jay Lowry
Jay Lowry
June 18, 2012
Jay and Jan, you have my deepest sympathies. Paul was a great man.
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Harry Griffin
June 18, 2012
It was an honor to know you sir. We enjoyed traveling to tournaments with you and the club isn't the same without your presence. Rest in peace Paul.
Bob & Kathryn Halliday
June 18, 2012
You will be missed and always thought of and kept in my heart. Your wit, charm, grace in life and dignity in the way you chose to die gives me courage and hope in life forthcoming. Thank you for teaching me in the subtle ways you did.

'here's your ten spot old man"
June 18, 2012
You were and are an inspiration to me Big Bubba...I thank you for helping me to be the man who I am today. I miss you terribly
June 18, 2012
RIP to s good man.
June 17, 2012
All I can say is Uncle Bubba, Check and mate!!! We Love you!
C. Gaertner
June 17, 2012
One of the most intelligent men I've ever met.
Dr. James McDonald
June 17, 2012
Paul was a fine chess player, but more than anything he was a fine man. He showed love and respect at every turn. He cherished life, and loved books. Jay and Carla were the center of his life. Rest in peace Paul.
Michael Meekins
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