Thursday, January 8, 2009

Chief Master Sergeant Retired, William "Bill" Lowder, 80, of Butterfield, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at the Barry County Care Center in Cassville.

He was born on Jan. 23, 1928, in Crump, Tenn. son of Thomas and Lydia (Sebring) Lowder. After completing high school at Adamsville, Tenn., he enlisted in the United States Army in 1946 and later served in the United States Air Force. He was assigned around the world including Labrador, Japan, Enewetak, Brazil and the Philippines. He also served in Vietnam, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. He retired from the Air Force Dec. 31, 1969, after serving his country for 22 years.

He was united in marriage to Rita Perle Allwood on Sept. 23, 1952, in Bentonville, Ark. She preceded him in death on Feb. 8, 2002. He worked for the United States Post Office in Springfield until retirement after 20 years of service.

Survivors include: three children, Linda (Lowder) Lowe, and her husband, Troy, of Cassville, Billie Lowder, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Tom Lowder, and his wife, Patti, of Lavaca, Ark.; four grandchildren; and one sister, Jerry Blair, of Maryville, Tenn.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Wanda Deaton.

Funeral services were held on Sunday at the White Funeral Home in Cassville with Rev. Bobby Harrison officiating.

Burial with military honors conducted by U.S. Air Force, Whiteman Air Force Base, followed at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Butterfield.

Memorials may be made to the Butterfield Baptist Church and may be entrusted to the White Funeral Home in Cassville.