by Jerry Fekete
CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — Mr. Curtis Emmett Lowe, 95, of Chapmanville, was born January 18, 1918, at Wheatley Branch, Chapmanville, a son of the late Joseph and Susan Scaggs Lowe. He departed this life Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Logan Regional Medical Center.
Also preceding him in death was his wife, Norma, on October 21, 2006; sons, Joseph Andrew Lowe, on March 12, 1983, and later Kenneth Lowe; an unborn granddaughter, Amanda Walker; sisters, Marjorie Pawlowitz and Gladys Lowe, and brother, Artemas Lowe.
Mr. Lowe was a retired coal miner, a member of the Manila Church of Christ and a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He joined the U.S. Navy on April 13, 1937 and was later discharged on April 25, 1941, in San Diego, Calif., after having served on the USS Philadelphia Light Carrier for three and one-half years.
One of his proudest military moments was when President Franklin D. Roosevelt came aboard his ship in South Carolina. They transported the President to the Turks Islands for a fishing excursion and he always felt this was a great honor to have been able to meet the President.
In 1940, while stationed in the Hawaiian Islands, he received word his sister Gladys, a school teacher back home, had died at a young age. He was unable to attend her funeral because furloughs were not being granted at the time.
After being discharged, he was living on Godby Branch, when he heard on the 7th of December 1941 about the attack on Pearl Harbor. He later received a letter from the Draft Board that he was being drafted in the U.S. Army but had already reenlisted in U.S. Navy in July 1942.
He served on the USS Elizabeth C. Stanton, and was sent to North Africa, participated in the Moroccan Landing, November 8-11, 1942, the Sicilian Occupation and Salerno Landing from September 9-21, 1943 in Southern Italy.
The last ship he served on was the LST 1008 having gone to Okinawa, Japan and was on the Island of Saipan when news of the ending of the war reached him. He earned the rank of Chief Boatswain’s Mate before being discharged in Shelton, Va., on October 5, 1945.
He loved to travel and traveled more than half way around the world while serving in the U.S. Navy. His most memorable trip was during July 1985 when he took his wife and daughter to Hawaii. He had been stationed in Hawaii before World War II and had always dreamed of taking his family to see the beautiful sites he had seen as a young enlisted Navy sailor.
He loved to garden, was an avid walker, and had a magnetic personality that drew people to him and his fascinating stories.
Survivors include his daughter, Phyllis Lowe, with whom he made his home; son, Curtis Emmett Lowe Jr. of Wadsworth, Ohio; a special niece, Norma Phelps of Owings, Md.; a very special friend, Lowell Hager; his special pet, Prissy, and a host of other family and friends.
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services with Mel Gresham, Minister, and Gary Bell officiating. Burial will follow in the Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill where Military Graveside Rites will be conducted.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Chapmanville is in charge of arrangements.
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