Ray Lee Lowery, 79, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on February 19, 2020. Viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 26th at Dunes Memorial Chapel from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Funeral service to follow conducted by Travis Durgeloh of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Following the funeral service burial will take place at Reedsport Masonic Cemetery where he will be laid to rest next to his beloved parents, Odie and Georgia. A reception in his honor will be held at Bedrocks in Reedsport.
Ray was born on August 3, 1940 to Robert “Odie” Obelton and Georgia Lillian (Phillips) Lowery in Fordyce Arkansas. Ray was raised in Fordyce and Sheridan Arkansas and Oregon. He spent his youngest years in Arkansas and then moved to North Bend and Reedsport. He started working at the age of 16 as a bicycle delivery boy for Western Union Telegram. He spent the majority of his working career as a millworker at International Paper and retired there after it closed down. He then went to work for Safeway and worked there 13 years and again retired.
Ray loved going to church and singing in the choir, collecting lighthouses, spending time with family, and people watching. He was a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.
He is survived by: Sister in law Sue Lowery, Nephews, Gary Lowery and family, Rick Lowery and Family, and Terry Lowery and Family, and Niece Cathy Jackson and family. He is further survived by many great, great great nieces and nephews and many loving cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mom Georgia, Dad, Odie, and his brother Charles.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to South Coast Hospice, Coos Bay OR. When making a donation please specify exactly what the donations are for; the options are; Staff welfare, building improvement, or patient care.
Pallbearers for the funeral will be; Jason Jackson, Terry Lowery, Rick Lowery, Bradley Phillips, David Phillips, Gary Lowery, Brian Lowery, Greg Jackson and Tim Foreder. Caleb Lowery will be an honorary pallbearer.