COLUMBIA - Willie Mae "Billie" Lowder, 84, beloved wife of the late Wilfred Oakley Lowder, passed away on March 17, 2017. Born in 1932 in Alcolu, she was the daughter of the late Henry McLauren Ridgeway and Pearl Rebecca Prescott Ridgeway. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Columbia. Mrs. Lowder grew up in Sumter where she was married and raised her family. In 1973, they moved to Hendersonville where she worked for House of Towels and was well known for her monogramming. In 2000, Mrs. Lowder moved to Columbia.
Surviving are her daughters: Becky L. Cheek (Craig) of Columbia, Lynnette L. Taylor (Tommy) of Conyers, Georgia; son, Oakie Lowder (Phyllis) of Tavernier, Florida; sisters, Elizabeth "Sis" Wood and Sarah Bryant; sister-in-law, Lib Ridgeway; brother, Felton Ridgeway (Linda); eight grandchildren, Laura Rogers (Tim), Matthew Cheek (Amy), Ashlea Dalik (Tom), Brooks Lowder (Kelly), Blake Lowder (Marci), Meredith Thompson (Jody), Mariette Taylor and Mallory Thornton (Nathan); 14 great-grandchildren, Addison, Sydney, Whitman, Natalie, Teddy, Nicole, Tyler, Isaac, Oakleigh, Nadia, Fisher, Reynolds, Rhett and Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Wilfred, and her brothers, Boyd, Richard, Julian and Reuben.
The funeral service for Mrs. Lowder will be held at 3 p.m. today at Temples Halloran Funeral Home Chapel, 5400 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC, 29212. The Rev. Richard Humphries will officiate. Burial will be on Monday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 538 Tracy Grove Road, Hendersonville, North Carolina, 28792. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideon's International, 5106 B Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29204 and Agape Hospice, 141 Stoneridge Dr, Columbia, SC 29210.
Online condolences may be sent to www.templeshalloranfuneralhome.com.