OBITUARY

Willie E. "Tonaka" Lowry

September 10, 1940January 12, 2020
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Willie E. “Tonaka” Lowry, 79, of Abilene completed life’s journey on Jan. 12, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, Jan.. 22, 2020 at Galilee Baptist Church 1011 Briarwood St; Abilene, Texas 79603, officiated by his beloved Pastor Bobby King. Burial will follow services in Elliott-Hamil’s Garden of Memories under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. The family will receive friends for a visitation on Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home 1507 277 S. in Abilene.

He was born in Reagan, Texas to the late Ocie Lee and Lucille (Isaac) Lowry. He was raised in Abilene and was a proud graduate of Woodson High School. Tonaka married the love of his life Teresa Martin on Aug. 10, 1975. He worked several careers to include ABTEX Beverage. He was a devoted member of his beloved Galilee Baptist Church where enjoyed taking part in numerous ministries and church functions. He will be remembered for his love of cooking, cars, stylish dressing, and for making sure everyone around him was laughing and having a good time. He also loved sports especially his beloved Dallas Cowboys. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ocie, Jr., and Frank Lowry. He leaves in the hands of Jesus, his wife, Teresa Lowry; daughters, Turkesha, Regina, and Islan Lowry; siblings, James E. Lowry (Doreen), Lela Brooks (Alvin), Bobby Lowry, Charles Lowry (Dorothy), Betty McChristian (Ricky), Katy Lowry-Smith, Gary Lowry, Joyce Lowry, Barbara Lowry, Evelyn Lowry, and Ricky Lowry; 9 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren; a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, church family, and friends. The Lowry family would like to thank the staff, nurses, and physicians for the care of their loved one in his final season of life. Please share any special memories and leave condolences for the family on Mr. Lowry's online guestbook.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Greg Lowry
  • Naka Jackson
  • Cedric Word
  • Shaun Cruse
  • James Lowry, Jr.
  • Scott Martin

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • Burial Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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Steve Thomas

January 20, 2020

My friend, mentor and one of the funniest people that didn’t get paid for it I have ever had the privilege of knowing in my life. He could give life to any sad situation. He entrusted me to teach his daughter in Sunday School at Holiday Hills Baptist Church for which I am grateful. He taught us to be tough and caring and tough at the same time a rare combination of life. Never ever complaining but always positive. Rest my brother and rest well. We will take care of what you love. God Bless This Family. Steve and Rose Thomas.

Elliott-Hamil Staff

January 18, 2020

The entire staff of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home & Garden of Memories Cemetery would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Lowry. "We shall only pass this way but once"

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