The Rev. Jeffrey L. Lowrance ’73

The Rev. Jeffrey L. Lowrance ’73 “fought the good fight” and entered the kingdom of heaven on May 28, 2007. He was a graduate of Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Va. (1977). He served as pastor for the Lansing Presbyterian Church field, Lansing, N.C.; First Presbyterian Church, Lenoir, N.C.; Tazewell Presbyterian Church, Tazewell, Va.; and Hopewell Presbyterian Church from 1993 to the present. He served on the boards of Latta Plantation, Rural Hill Farm, Catawba Valley Scottish Society, and Hugh Torrence House and Store. He was chaplain of the Loch Norman Highland Games, active in locating and preserving slave cemeteries, and in naming area schools, parks, and developments after Revolutionary War heroes. While on a pulpit exchange to England in 2000, Jeff found the wallet of Revolutionary War general William Lee Davidson, captured at the Battle of Cowan’s Ford, and succeeded in bringing it back to North Carolina on loan for a year. Under his leadership, Hopewell Presbyterian Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places, a building campaign was completed and new ministries and services were created. Most important, “Pastor Jeff” will be remembered as a faithful pastor of his people. Survivors include his parents, Bill and Betty Jo Lowrance of Mooresville, N.C.; his wife and partner in ministry, Anne Doll Lowrance, 7531 Sample Rd., Huntersville, N.C. 28078; and beloved daughters, Claire and Erin Lowrance, of Huntersville; brothers, Tim Lowrance of Mooresville, The Rev. Will Lowrance and his wife Rebecca, of Virginia Beach, Va., and their children Grady, Casey, Joe, Jessica and Kelly. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Gray Lowrance and Mr. & Mrs. Joe Gabriel.