John H. Lowery departed this earthly life on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation Facility.

Born on Aug. 1, 1935, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Ruth Jenkins Speech. He was reared by his adoptive parents, the late Ben and Mary Lizzie Jenkins Lowery. He attended the public schools of Sumter County and migrated to Brooklyn, New York, as a young adult. He was employed with Blue Ridge Farms in Brooklyn for many years prior to retiring and relocating back to Sumter. Upon returning to Sumter, he joined Mt. Olive AME Church, where he was a faithful member.

John leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Joy Spruill-Lowery; one daughter, Tammy Lowery; three sons, Carnell Spruill (Tracey), Shawn Spruill and Jonathan Lowery; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Moses of Brooklyn and Mary Davis of Paterson, New Jersey; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Celebration of life services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Mt. Olive AME Church, 2738 Woodrow Road, Woodrow, with the Rev. Dr. Friendly J. Gadson, pastor, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. J. Elbert Williams and the Rev. Frank Williams Jr.

The family is receiving relatives and friends at his home, 60 Hillard Drive, apartment 7, Sumter, and from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

The remains will be placed in the church at 10 a.m.

The procession will leave at 10:20 a.m. from the home.

Burial will be in Mt. Olive Memorial Garden, Pear Street, Woodrow.

These services have been entrusted to the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

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