Odis A. Lowe, 95, a 70-year resident of Rockwall, Texas, passed away Nov. 4, 2016.
He was born Oct. 29, 1921, in Livingston, Texas, to Odis A. Lowe Sr. and Kate (Carpenter) Lowe. Odis served his country in the United States Army during World War II and retired as a lieutenant colonel, infantry. He was awarded the Purple Heart among many other honors. Fond of the military, he never met a veteran stranger.
He began raising Shorthorn cattle in Rockwall in 1954, and became an icon of the Shorthorn cattle breed. Odis was a member of both the American and the Texas Shorthorn associations. He served as the Rockwall County Extension agent for many years. He was a former state president of the Texas Future Farmers of America as well as a past president of the Rockwall Historical Foundation.
Odis was a founding member of the following organizations — Rockwall Lions Club, Rockwall Livestock Show, Rockwall Riding Club and RCH Water Supply. He also served as the president and CEO of the First State Bank in Rockwall and was twice president of the Rockwall Chamber of Commerce. Odis was a member of First Baptist Church in Rockwall, the East Trinity Masonic Lodge 157 in Rockwall, the Hella Shriners International in Garland and the American Legion in Rockwall. He also was an auctioneer around North Texas for various charitable events as well as cattle auctions. Odis's number one things were family and Shorthorn cattle. As a true cowboy through and through, he was all about cows and kids.
He is survived by his son, Ken Lowe; daughter Lynn Fate; grandson Mike Lowe; brother Emory Lowe and wife Nell; sister-in-law Dorothy Lowe; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Odis and Kate; brother Pete Lowe; a sister, Polly Jenkins and wives Winn Lowe and Betty Lowe.
His funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at First Baptist Church in Rockwall with Pastor Rick Donaho and Dewayne Cain officiating. Interment followed at Rest Haven Memorial Park.
Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Published on November 9, 2016