Services for retired Master Sgt. Billy Joe Lowe, 79, of Killeen, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home, followed by burial with full military honors at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.
Mr. Lowe died Feb. 16, 2014, in Killeen. He was born Jan. 14, 1935, in Morristown, Tenn., to Daniel Lowe and Ella Headrick.
He joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga., in 1958. He was stationed at several other locations before retiring in 1976 at Fort Hood. He earned the following ribbons and medals: Driver and Mechanic Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars, Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Good Conduct Medal Clasp, silver and loop and Meritorious Service Medal.
Mr. Lowe was a lifelong public servant. In addition to his esteemed military career, he served as a police officer at Texas A&M University, was chief of police for Nolanville and a state prison guard in Gatesville.
He is survived by his lifelong companion, Marcella “Marcy” Cearlock; his sisters, Louise Lowe-Davis and Faye Onbey; his brother, James “JD” Lowe; his son, Billy Joe Lowe II, and his daughter, Patricia R. Lowe.
He had 15 grandchildren: Brandon, Megan, Priscilla, Billy, Shannon, Mickinzie, Dustin, Jordan, Jayci, Gary, Ryan, Shanda, Nathan, Stevie and Boe. He had eight great-grandchildren: Hayden, Logan, Zoey, Skyla, Nathan, Kiona, Patience and Aspen.
He loved to travel, go bowling and fishing, play poker and spend time with his grandkids.
A special thank you to Marcy´s daughter, Teresa Anderson, her husband, James Anderson, and family friend, Rose Thompson, for their support.
Donations may be made in his name to the Disabled Veterans Association.
Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements.