Howard Dickson Lowder Sr., 86, husband of Dorothy "Dot" Lowder Lowder, died on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey.
Born on March 20, 1931, in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Leon Clyde Lowder Sr. and Inez Scurry Lowder. He was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, the Men's Club and the Kennedy Bible Class of St. Mark's. He was a member of American Legion Post 15. He retired from Herald Office Supply and he was a U.S. Army World War II veteran.
A beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, "Papa Howard" is survived by his wife of 43 years; children, Bobbie Jean L. McGuire, Cindy R. Parker (Bruce), Timmie Ridgeway (Donna) and Howard D. "Chip" Lowder Jr. (Brandi), all of Sumter County; seven grandchildren, Gerald Hardin Jr., B.J. Dennis Johnson, Sean Sutton, Scott Ridgeway, Chase Ridgeway, Morgan Lowder and Sam Lowder; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters; a number of nieces and nephews; and his beloved schnauzer, Finn.
He was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Melissa Sutton and Emma Lowder; four brothers, Leon Lowder Jr., Wilford Lowder, Tommy Lowder and Derle Lowder; and a sister, Jacqueline Tanner.
Pallbearers are Bruce Parker, Sean Sutton, Scott Ridgeway, L. Michael Allen, Christian Sutton and Christopher Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Clayton Lowder III, Dr. Vijay Pinto and the members of the Kennedy Bible Class.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Allen Vaught and the Rev. Billy Lewis officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery near Manning.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 27 Broad St., Sumter, SC 29150 and The Sounds of Grace, 3 Crowson St., Sumter, SC 29150.
Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium, 515 Miller Road, Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.