David  Lowe


David Joseph Lowe, 98, a proud native of Pulaski County died peacefully while living among his fellow veterans in the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, Wilmore, KY on the 25th day of April, 2019. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ellen Copenhaven, and granddaughter, Rhonda Henderson. He is survived by his daughter, Jane Thomas of Skiatook, OK, and grandchildren Sandra Wieringa of Cole City, IL; Kimberly Sallis of Keller, TX; and Arthur Brewer of Skiatook, OK.
David was born on Broadway Street in Somerset, Kentucky on the 7th of September, 1920. He told of many experiences with local characters named "Bottle Cindy", "Hattie Alice" and "Sal Duck". Having little to eat at home, he fondly recalled his oldest sister Violet and her husband George W. Akin of 309 High Street, welcoming him to join their family table on many occasions.
He attended Parker School and Somerset High School through the 11th grade. A strongly social being, David was known to charm many of his neighbors and friends with stories of his school years. He enjoyed an unusual friendship with Principal W. B. Jones who befriended this bright, outgoing but extremely poor youngster that he called "half-pint". Mr. Jones used his influence, and probably his guarantee, to persuade one of the local department stores to allow "half-pint" to open a charge account to buy shoes and clothes. David paid his miniscule payment until the debt was paid in full, selling apples and coal he salvaged from the railroad right-of-way. His father taught him to play checkers and to shoot pool. He taught himself to walk on his hands and swim in Lake Cumberland. David was often called on in class to read the Bible aloud. One of his teachers was the mother of Hon. John Sherman Cooper, County Judge and later US Senator. She respected David's intelligence and abilities, and told her son that David deserved a hand up. Being dirt poor, soon after his eighteenth birthday, David was helped by Hon. John Sherman Cooper to gain admission into the U.S. Army. David always credited this generous act as setting his life on the right path.
David Lowe served honorably in World War II as a communications expert and gunnery instructor on the big guns. His unit was to defend the northeast coast of the United States, on or near Fisher's Island, N.Y., protecting the coast from sea invasion. David spent his whole service time there, and never went over-seas.
After military service and several early jobs, David settled in Chicago, Illinois where he lived over 40 years and worked as a professional bartender. He moved back home to Pulaski, County about 1995, where he was known by many as the old walking man. After moving from Chicago, he regularly walked 15 miles a day on Hwy 27 & Hwy 80, gaining a golden tan in the sunshine he loved. He often commented about the "wonderful air" around Somerset. In his 90's he slowed as his strength diminished. He lived independently, in his Somerset apartment, until he was ninety-five years old.
David leaves a nephew, Edward Akin, and two nieces, Glenda Wilson, Gayla Reyer; three Akin grand-nieces, TJ Mitchell, Judy Spaw, Vicky Acey, all of Somerset; a niece, Sheila Cullin of Texas, and many others. His ashes will be dispensed in a private ceremony. He will have a permanent military marker in the Somerset Cemetery.
David was preceded in death by his father, William Jackson Lowe, from Scott County, TN and his mother, Lilly Maude Ware of Pulaski County, KY. His siblings were Violet Girdler, Viola Lowe, Victoria Uorick, Viora Plummer, Virginia Lowe, Vianna Pleasants, Daniel Lowe, George Lowe and Ruth Roberson. He had two half-siblings, John Franklin Lowe and Rosa Vianah Picca, both born in Scott County, TN.
Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for David Lowe.
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Published on June 22, 2019
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