September 28, 1928 – January 17, 2014
Frank was born on September 28, 1928 to Otto and Carrie Lowie in Helena, GA. While growing up in McRae, GA he joined the Baptist Church at 13, which greatly influenced his life. He loved fishing, hunting and boating with friends. As an early over achiever, he rode his bicycle delivering papers to two neighboring towns to save money to pay for college. During this time. he earned his Eagle Scout Award. In addition, Frank served in the US Army for eighteen months which in turn helped fund his undergraduate studies at University of GA where he completed his law degree.
In July of 1952, Frank was hired by the FBI and assigned to Newark, NJ. He was transferred to the New York City office during which time he also attended New York University at night and earned his Master of Law degree. Frank met Cathy while serving in the New York office and they married on May 20, 1961. Frank worked for the FBI for 27 years, began as a Special Agent, became an Inspector and was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of Alexandria and Washington, DC. In character, Frank was promoted to Special Agent in Charge (SAC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. He retired from his career with the FBI as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) in Detroit, Michigan. As a man of integrity, he was committed to justice and decisive action.
In April of 1982, Frank started his 30 year career with Guardsmark. As a proven leader with impeccable character, and a desire for truth and excellence, Frank served as a Vice President, Manager in Charge, Inspection, Regulatory and Compliance Division (IRC). Frank was grateful and passionate about working for Guardsmark because he believed in the company's standard for excellence and truth under the leadership of Mr. Ira A. Lipman. Frank was a tough, yet kind man who was a talented and insightful leader. In addition to being dedicated to both the missions of the FBI and of Guardsmark, he cared about individuals.
While work was a major part of his life, his pride and joy came from being a family man and friend. Frank shared many lovely moments with his dear friend, Cathy, their four children and families: Lisa and Scott and their children Sarah (Matt and baby James), Catherine (Eric), and Shannon; Laura and Russ and their children Rachel and Lauren. Linda and Pat and their children Joshua and Luke. Bill and Jill and their children Paisley, Liam and Broder. Frank enjoyed playing and telling stories with his grandchildren. While raising his own kids he planned roads trips to visit extended family and see the many national parks, beaches and mountains surrounding the states he lived in. He was always generous to his family and friends. Frank was most proud that his grown children all have loving families of their own.
Frank left a legacy of the importance of family and friends, dedication to hard work and love of life. He will be greatly missed and will remain in our hearts forever!
- Visitation Friday, January 31, 2014
- Funeral Service Saturday, February 1, 2014
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February 10, 2014
To Franks Family: sorry about your loss. Have many memories of Frank during his years here in McRae. He was a great friend. Sarah Jones Bowen
February 5, 2014
To the Lowie Family,
I have a couple dear memories of Frank. I remember at the death of my beloved Yorkie, Frank sat at my kitchen table and cried along with me--something one would not expect from a FBI agent.
After the Lowies left Red Fox Forest, the Fourth of July was never the same, because Frank would host the picnic and take charge of the picnic. What fun!
Did the children know that Frank was able to surprise them on Christmas mornings because he was able to put their gifts togther in our basement?
February 4, 2014
Cathy, Lisa, Laura, Linda and Bill. The memorial graveside service for your Dad today was very impressive. It was nice seeing you all again - just sorry it was under these circumstances. You are such a beautiful family. I know Frank loved his family and was very proud of all of you. God bless you during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and maybe we can see each other at the next family reunion.
Frances Evans Sharpe, Vidalia, GA
January 31, 2014
Dear Lisa and family. We feel so sad for your loss but know that our wonderful God has you tucked under his wing. Give your MOM a hug from us. We love you friends.
Jan and Denny McKee
January 30, 2014
To Frank's Family and Other Friends Who Loved Him Dearly: Following the passing of another of Frank's most treasured friends, Sam Zembelis, I didn't get to see Frank much except in passing. He was and always will be remembered as one of the most "real" people I have ever known. There was no guessing where he was coming from and no trying to figure out what he meant to say -- all anyone had to do was listen and learn. To say he was straight-forward would be an understatement. His life as I saw it was one of a powerful man with a lot on his shoulders. He loved his family dearly and talked about family often. He was more intelligent than any one person ought ever to be. He made space in his life every workday morning for many years to spend a little time with his friends before he started the day and those few of us together tried to solve most of the problems in the world that particular day while we collectively worked on the Commercial Appeal crossword puzzle. I am proud and happy to say that I was one of those friends and I still miss the "Bonton Breakfast Club" and Frank's presence in my life. He was a much truer friend than most people have the honor of having and I am privileged to have shared what time I could with that extremely varied group of interesting people who loved Frank and were loved by him. God bless you all and remember "...To get through grief , we let go rather than hang on, watching for the inner counselor who will guide us, ever mindful of the process that will slowly, patiently lead us where we need to go." (from "Safe Passage")
January 30, 2014
To Laura and your sweet family, we are very sorry for the passing of your precious Daddy. Reading his obituary and viewing the beautiful photo gallery was very touching. The photos show a very kind man with a loving family. He led an incredible life. Thank you for sharing his memory with us. God bless you, Russ, Rachel, Lauren and all of your sweet family. We are here for whatever you may need. (((Hugs)))
January 30, 2014
Lisa & Family,
Losing a loved one is difficult but remember that he will always be in your heart and memories. Take it one day at a time and surround yourself with family and friends. Take Care.
January 29, 2014
Dearest Lowie family-we grieve with you and remember with you the great man he was. One only had to have met his four incredible children and lovely woman he chose as his wife to know what a man of integrity and strength he was. May God's love comfort you and give you peace until you meet again on the other side.
Pastor and Kitty Shelton
January 28, 2014
To the Pajtas Family ~ Sharing some wise words with you that were once shared with us during the loss of a loved one..."The amount of time you'll be without him on earth, is but a drop in the bucket, compared to eternity you'll spend with him in Heaven!" We love you all and are praying for you now, and always.
Brian, Juli, Ciara and Christian
January 28, 2014
My Dear Friend Lisa, You know my heart hurts for you as you grieve the loss of your daddy. I am thankful you have sweet memories that will carry you through the days ahead and will indeed last you a lifetime. You and your family are so precious; I know your dad was proud of the woman you became, the incredible man you married and the amazing daughters you raised together. Because of you, his life was blessed! Your sweet mom and siblings added to his joy as well and you can be assured he lived a full and happy life. I love you and will continue to lift you and yours up in prayer. Tom, Kortney and Kiley love you too:) Kim
January 28, 2014
I was honored to have known and worked with this man for over 12 years. His leadership, wealth of knowledge and experience, was a blessing to me and our company, and a tribute to this man who obviously gave of himself completely in anything he undertook.
January 27, 2014
Frank was a great friend. we went through high school and college together in Georgia. He will really be missed. Dolores and Curtis Barnes, Macon, Ga.
January 23, 2014
To Lisa and family,
I am sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
January 23, 2014
Lisa, you and your family are in my prayers. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you.
With love and deepest sympathy,
Joey Tripoli & Josh (son)
January 22, 2014
To the Pajtas family ... sending you my strength and thoughts at this time. Feel everyone's love being sent to you and your family ~ Catherine Ciotti
January 20, 2014
A great mentor and a better friend.
We will miss you.
Richard and Janet Patrone