OBITUARY

Wayne "Devan" Lowe

July 24, 1939July 3, 2019
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Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Collier-Butler Funeral Home for Wayne Devan Lowe, 79, who passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. The Reverend Don Graham will officiate. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1 to 3 p.m. Burial will be at Crestwood Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services. Devan was born on July 24, 1939 in Dekalb County, Alabama. He was a lifelong resident of Gadsden and was a 1958 graduate of Etowah High School. He was a Christian of the Baptist faith. The name Devan Lowe Inc. is a sign of pride and devotion to a lifelong business that he loved. Devan was a wholesaler of cars at heart. He enjoyed the thrill of being up on the auction block at a sale. At the dealership, he cherished meeting customers and sharing stories with them. He loved a challenge and his lifelong dream was to own a Cadillac dealership. In the early seventies, he became the owner of Lowe Buick Oldsmobile Pontiac GMC in Fort Payne. He realized his dream in 1974 when he opened Lowe Oldsmobile Cadillac in Rome Georgia. In 1983, he opened Devan Lowe Lincoln Mercury in Rainbow City. His dream was realized again in 1992 when he added the Pontiac Cadillac GMC franchises to the Rainbow City dealership. Throughout his career, Devan received many awards and honors and was a strong supporter of the local community. In 2004, he was named Alabama's TIME Dealer of the Year, one of the automobile industry's most prestigious honors. In 2003, he was awarded the 2003 Gold Retailer of the Year by the Alabama Retail Association. He served as the chairman of The Chamber, Gadsden & Etowah County in 2003 and was presented the Bobby Austin Community Improvement Award from The Chamber in 2007. Along with his wife, Hilda, he was an Alexis de Tocqueville giver to the United Way of Etowah County. Devan was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne Marshall Lowe and Mavis Evelyn Traylor Lowe. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Hilda Flowers Lowe; his two daughters, Kimberly Lowe Jolly (Russell) and Kendall Lowe Hamilton (Mark); his grandchildren, Jordan Lowe Jolly, Katelyn Jade Jolly, and Kimberly Lauren Jolly; his brothers Rex Lowe and Larry (Cindy) Lowe; his sister Ann (Randy) Ross; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Pallbearers are Russell Jolly, Mark Hamilton, Jordan Jolly, Rex Lowe, Larry Lowe, Randy Ross, Lee Willis, and Dave King. Honorary pallbearers are Mack Cooper, Kenny Parker, Ray Ingram, Larry Maxey, and all current and former employees of Devan Lowe Inc. The family extends special thanks to his nurses Amanda Johnson and Mattie Mayne with ProHealth Hospice, Dr. Jason Ayres and staff, UAB Hospital and staff, Pastor Tommy Marshall, and Funeral Director Charles Scott. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to United Way of Etowah County, P.O. Box 1175, Gadsden, AL 35902 or Don Graham Revival Ministry; make check to Elkton Road Baptist Church, 19740 Elkton Road, Athens, AL 35614 (designate to Don Graham Revival Ministry).

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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Wayne "Devan" Lowe

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Sonia Bass

July 9, 2019

So sorry for your loss. I met Devan when he sold us the dealership in Fort Payne. He was a kind man. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Sonia Bass

David Young

July 9, 2019

Devan was a industry titan and visionary. He was also a great friend of the automobile auction business, and his support along with that of Larry and Rex, will be forever remembered and appreciated. While I was active in the business, I could always count on Devan to “drive” and participate in new ways of doing business at the auction.....and his integrity, professionalism and genuine respect for all, were the core values that I will remember most.

David Young
Retired
Manheim

Hugh Stump III

July 8, 2019

To the family of Devan Lowe, on behalf of the Etowah County Tourism Board, we offer our deepest condolences and prayers on the passing of Mr. Lowe. As a customer for 9 years with Devan Lowe we always appreciated the kindness and great customer care from Mr. Lowe and his team. God bless to all.

Dan Hardy

July 8, 2019

With deepest sympathy to family and friends.
It was always a pleasure doing business with Devan for over 4o years. A man built around honesty and integrity and I was lucky enough to call him a dear friend. The world lost a good soul, rest in paradise Devan.

In my heart and on my mind.

Dan Hardy

Patsy Copeland Bennefield

July 8, 2019

Dear Ann and Randy, so sorry for your loss! I miss y'all but I do have great memories! My grandson worked for DeVann for a couple of years. I never got to see DeVann but talked to his daughter. Your family will always be in my thoughts and prayers! Tell Larry I said hello!

Ricky Kelley

July 7, 2019

Well, I gotta tell you. Learned so much from this great man over 40+ years and if I had to tell you how much his last phone call meant to me, I could not. #GodSpeed Devan

Bill Carroll

July 6, 2019

Hilda and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss.
After working for Devan for more than 20 years, I found out very quickly what a "super person" he was in every way. I've never met anyone as fair, honest, and caring as Devan was. Going to work every day and working and learning from Devan was a pleasure and a blessing that I will never forget.
Devan, in my opinion, was a true friend and someone I could go to at any time. He would listen to and encourage me and have a good answer to any question or problem I had. I loved Devan and will miss him.
Our loss is Heaven's gain.
Bill Carroll

Ken Hammock

July 6, 2019

So sorry for your loss Hilda.






Derek DeRamus

July 6, 2019

I had the honor of working for Devan back years ago starting out in the car business,i had all kinds of expectations of a great business man and what i would learn from him ,well to my great suprise I learned a whole lot more he was so much more than a business man he was a great listener and caring man and it showed through his advice and mentorship ,when i would sit in his office as he propped his legs up on that old wooden desk and told me his old car business stories and was a great ear for me when my Dad passed away ,for some reason of all the people i know he was the first person I called , i think it was because he was calm, cool and collected and an awesome mentor.I can't emphasis the lasting impact the years i had listening to him and talking with Devan had on my life and i thank him for it .

Rest in Heaven Devan Lowe and Thank you sir

Buddy Darby

July 5, 2019

My deepest sympathy goes out for the family and friends.
Heaven has received one great man.May you rest in peace now.
Buddy And Jean Darby

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