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Our Staff

Staff members of Lowe Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

 

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James A. Lowe II Owner / President / Funeral Director and Embalmer jim2@lowefuneralhome.com

A 3rd generation funeral director, Jim has been on the payroll since 1960. He started out washing cars, mowing the yard, putting up funeral tents and anything else that needed to be done. Under the guidance of his father and grandfather, he learned all aspects of funeral service. After completing his training at the Cincinatti School of Mortuary Science, he received his Funeral Service (funeral director and embalmer) License in 1968.

Jim is married to Paula Hale Lowe and they have one daughter, Jimmi Anne.

Besides the funeral home and his family, his passion is participating in mission trips through their church, People's Memorial Christian Church and also through Burlington Assembly of God. While gone on such trips, sometimes as much as five or six weeks a year, he never worries about the funeral home running as it should. "Our staff consists of professional, dedicated and committed individuals that have a heart for helping families during their time of loss."

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Paula H. Lowe Corporate Secretary and Funeral Director paula@lowefuneralhome.com

Paula has worked at Lowe Funeral Home since 1991. She completed her training to become a Funeral Director in Winston Salem and received her license in 1994. Her duties include accounts payable, advertising and community events. She especially enjoys the monthly Senior Movie Morning that the funeral home sponsors and participating in Community Health Fairs.

Paula is married to Jim Lowe and has two daughters and four grandchildren. She enjoys reading and taking dance lessons in her spare time. She likes to cook and does so monthly for a large group at her church, People's Memorial Christian Church.

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JimmiAnne Lowe Funeral Service Apprentice JimmiAnne@lowefuneralhome.com

JimmiAnne is the daughter of Jim and Paula Lowe.  She graduated from Williams High School and later from Elon University in 2012.  She then went on to attend the American Academy McAlister Institute for Funeral Service in New York.  She attends People's Memorial Christian Church and has a dog named "Cane".

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Eric G. Rudd Vice President and Funeral Director eric@lowefuneralhome.com

After graduating from Bryan College in 1986 with a BS in Psychology, Eric followed in the footsteps of his family and entered funeral service at Lowe Funeral Home.

Eric is married to his college sweetheart, Cassie Tucker, and they are the parents of Gray and Bradly Rudd. Eric and his family are members of Glen Hope Baptist Church, where he is a deacon and Sunday School teacher. An avid Civil War buff, Eric currently serves as the Chaplain for SCV Camp #813 and is a re-enactor with the 6th NC.

"The families we serve benefit from our 200+ years of combined experience as we guide them through what is usually an unfamiliar and daunting process at a very difficult time in their lives."

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Neil A. Roberts Treasurer and Funeral Director neil@lowefuneralhome.com

Neil was born and raised in Raleigh and moved to Burlington in 1984 to begin his first full-time job after graduating from N.C. State University with a BA degree in Accounting. He came to work at Lowe Funeral Home in 1996 as the Business Manager and soon decided he wanted to help serve families as well. So, at age 35, he went back to school part-time and obtained his Funeral Director's License in 1999.

He is married to Vickie Cole Roberts and they have two children, Josh and Hannah. They are all members of Glen Hope Baptist Church where Neil teaches Sunday school, helps with Awanas and is a former deacon.  He previously served on the Board of Directors for Family Abuse Services. Neil values spending time with his family and enjoys playing most sports.

"I think what makes Lowe Funeral Home special is our people. Anyone can "do funerals" but we really care about and try to get to know the families we serve in order to help make the services for their loved one more meaningful and special."

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Jay Roberts C.F.S.P. Funeral Director / Embalmer / Crematory Operator jay@lowefuneralhome.com

Jay is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, certified crematory operator, and has worked in all aspects of funeral service. He has been with Lowe Funeral Home since 1983. He has served in all offices of the Cremation Association of North Carolina including two terms as President, and two terms on The Crematory Authority of the State Board of Funeral Service - one as the Chairman.

Jay is married to the former Rhonda Barbee of Mebane and they have two sons, Jamey and Matt. They attend Mebane St. Church of Christ in Burlington. Jay's hobbies include spending time with his family, working in the yard and playing golf.

"We have a passionate staff that will go the extra mile to personalize a service to celebrate the life of a person. I really enjoy serving a diverse population and conducting out-of-the-ordinary services."

 

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David Poythress Funeral Director / Embalmer

David was born and raised here in Alamance County. He is married to Cindy and has a son, Bo. He is a graduate of Western Alamance High School, class of '74.  He then went on to Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science to pursue a career in Funeral Service.  He began his work here at Lowe Funeral Home in 1975.  In 1985 he started Poythress Tent Rentals while still working part time with the funeral home.  David enjoys traveling with his wife and spending his weekends at "The Barn Dance" in Julian.

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Michael Swanger Funeral Director / Embalmer michael@lowefuneralhome.com

Michael came to Lowe Funeral Home in December of 2005. He earned an AAS in Computer Science and an AAS in Funeral Service.

Michael comes from a family of five and has a twin sister. After a seven year courtship, he married Ashley Graves in 2007. They have been blessed with four children; Leigha Mykal, Leighton Ashley, Madden James and McKinleigh Ann.

He is a lifetime member of People's Memorial Christian Church where he serves as the music minister/choir director. He has a passion for ministry, enjoys singing, building and is an avid UNC fan.

"Before coming to work here, I noticed how compassionate the directors were when dealing with my own family at a time of loss. Now, I am proud to say I'm a part of that team. We work together for one goal.....to help bring comfort to our client families in their most difficult times."

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Kellie A. Smith Funeral Director / Embalmer kellie@lowefuneralhome.com

Kellie began working at Lowe Funeral Home & Crematory in 1992.  She left in May of 2005 to be with her son as he was starting Kindergarten.  She later returned in August of 2012 to continue her career as a fully licensed funeral director, embalmer and pre-arrangement specialist.

She is married to Tommy Smith and they have one son, Landon Bailey Smith. A native of Alamance County, she graduated from Graham High School and Gupton-Jones Mortuary College in Atlanta, GA. She enjoys spending time with family and friends at Emerald Isle.

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Kenneth S. Page Funeral Director / Embalmer / Crematory Operator kenneth@lowefuneralhome.com

Kenneth has been employed with Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory since 1995 and is a fully licensed funeral director and embalmer and is certified in cremation. He is married to Tammy Turney Page and they have one daughter, Jordan.

A native of Alamance County, he is a graduate of Chowan College and Gupton-Jones School of Funeral Service. His interests include sports, music, exercise, golf and snowboarding.

"I think what distinguishes Lowe Funeral Home is our dedication to providing caring and professional service to all the families we serve."

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Caleb Massey Funeral Service Apprentice caleb@lowefuneralhome.com

Caleb born and raised in Alamance County has been employed with Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory since 2012. A 2006 Graduate of Western Alamance High School and attended Alamance Community College for horticulture technology and Liberty University for biblical studies. A former youth pastor of Glencoe Baptist Church and currently involved with Feed The Hunger Ministry, Meridzo Ministries and Prevail Ministries. Caleb enjoys hiking, scuba diving and helping on the family farm.

“I think what makes Lowe Funeral Home unique is that we treat you like family. We strive to make every funeral service meaningful for your family and our staff strives for excellence.”

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Ande Shoe Funeral Director Assistant / Crematory Operator ande@lowefuneralhome.com

Ande Shoe worked part-time with Lowe Funeral Home for almost 20 years before becoming a full-time staff member in 1998. He is a Certified Crematory Operator. Before coming to Lowe, he was in automotive parts for 30 years. He has been a member of Alamance County Rescue since 1974 and is currently a Senior Member.

Ande is married to Mary Shanklin Shoe, has two daughters and three grandchildren. He and Mary enjoy spending time with family and friends. They are active members with the Antique Car Club of America - Alamance Region and enjoy showing a 1941 Packard Henney Hearse.

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Jerry S. Coleman Funeral Director

Jerry has been a staff member at Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory since 1984. He is licensed as a Funeral Director and Insurance Agent and specializes in pre-need consultations.

Jerry has 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He attends Grove Park Baptist Church and is a member of the Burlington Lions Club and Bula Masonic Lodge No. 409 A.F & A.M.  He graduated in 1957 from Pleasant Grove High School and attended Burlington 
Business College.

"One of the things which sets Lowe Funeral Home apart is our beautiful facility, which includes the largest (350 seat) funeral home chapel in Burlington."

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Mack Ray Funeral Director Assistant

Mack began working at Lowe Funeral Home in January, 1990. He was retired from Lucent Technologies were he worked as an illustrator for more than 35 years.

Mack and his wife, Gerry, have two daughters and three grandsons.

"I consider it a privilege to be a part of the funeral home staff and have the opportunity to be of service to families in their time of grief."

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Jonathan Ball

A native of Burlington, Jonathan has been employed with Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory since 2007. He is responsible for taking care of general maintenance, grounds, vehicles, and burial vault setups.

He has an Applied Science degree in Fire Protection from DTCC and is a North Carolina Certified EMT. He also owns a small pressure washing business. Jonathan is active in the men's choir at Peoples Memorial Christian Church. He enjoys playing softball in city and church leagues and spending time with his wife, Cilicia Graves.

"I think our attention to detail in every aspect of funeral service makes Lowe Funeral Home stand out."

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Bonnie S. Murrell bonnie@lowefuneralhome.com

Bonnie S. Murrell is a lifetime resident of Gibsonville, NC and a member of Apple's Chapel Christian Church. She is a Dean's List graduate of UNC Greensboro, The National Center for Paralegal Training and Guilford Technical Community College. Having various degrees, she has settled in Accounting and has worked in the Business Office at Lowe Funeral Home & Crematory since 2000.

Bonnie was born into a farm family and is the youngest of 8 children. Having lost her parents and 4 brothers, as well as being a cancer survivor herself, she knows firsthand the sadness and hurt that comes with losing a loved one.

In her free time, Bonnie is a Notary Public, a registered Tax Return Preparer and a Judge for the Guilford County Board of Elections. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, traveling with her fiance', Jodie, and rescuing animals.

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Gary Williams Funeral Director Assistant

Reverend Gary W. Williams was born on March 5, 1962 in Spivey's Corner, North Carolina. He attended Midway High School in Dunn, North Carolina where he received his high school diploma. In 1984 he graduated from East Carolina University receiving his B.S. Degree in Political Science. Gary applied for and joined the North Carolina Highway Patrol in 1984. He retired in 2013 as a Master Trooper. Reverend Williams was ordained into the Ministry through the High Point Educational and Missionary Baptist Association, in July, 2004. He briefly served as an Associate Pastor at Glen Raven Missionary Baptist Church in Glen Raven, North Carolina. In 2006, Reverend Williams became the Associate/Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church of Burlington where he served under the tutelage of Reverend Doctor R.W. Styles. Reverend Williams served as the chaplain of the Alamance County Prison Ministry where he ministered to inmates confined and incarcerated in Alamance County. He is also a peer counselor with the Highway Patrol and ministers to fellow officers during difficult periods and stressful situations. Reverend Williams is deeply devoted to his family. He has been married to his lovely wife Deborah for over 20 years and plays an active part in the lives of their two children, Lauren and Joshua.

 

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Grant Kapp Funeral Director Assistant

Grant began working at Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory in 2005.  He retired from the Alamance County Sheriff's Office as a Lieutenant after 35 years of service.  He has two children and two grandchildren.  Grant is a member of the Bingham Masonic Lodge of Mebane, the Burlington Shrine Club and Cross Roads Presbyterian Church in Mebane where he serves as a deacon.  “I consider it an honor to be part of the funeral home staff where I can continue serving families of Alamance County.”

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Dee Lowder

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Gary Greeson Funeral Director Assistant

James A. Lowe II

Owner / President / Funeral Director and Embalmer
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A 3rd generation funeral director, Jim has been on the payroll since 1960. He started out washing cars, mowing the yard, putting up funeral tents and anything else that needed to be done. Under the guidance of his father and grandfather, he learned all aspects of funeral service. After completing his training at the Cincinatti School of Mortuary Science, he received his Funeral Service (funeral director and embalmer) License in 1968.

Jim is married to Paula Hale Lowe and they have one daughter, Jimmi Anne.

Besides the funeral home and his family, his passion is participating in mission trips through their church, People's Memorial Christian Church and also through Burlington Assembly of God. While gone on such trips, sometimes as much as five or six weeks a year, he never worries about the funeral home running as it should. "Our staff consists of professional, dedicated and committed individuals that have a heart for helping families during their time of loss."

Paula H. Lowe

Corporate Secretary and Funeral Director
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Paula has worked at Lowe Funeral Home since 1991. She completed her training to become a Funeral Director in Winston Salem and received her license in 1994. Her duties include accounts payable, advertising and community events. She especially enjoys the monthly Senior Movie Morning that the funeral home sponsors and participating in Community Health Fairs.

Paula is married to Jim Lowe and has two daughters and four grandchildren. She enjoys reading and taking dance lessons in her spare time. She likes to cook and does so monthly for a large group at her church, People's Memorial Christian Church.

JimmiAnne Lowe

Funeral Service Apprentice
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JimmiAnne is the daughter of Jim and Paula Lowe.  She graduated from Williams High School and later from Elon University in 2012.  She then went on to attend the American Academy McAlister Institute for Funeral Service in New York.  She attends People's Memorial Christian Church and has a dog named "Cane".

Eric G. Rudd

Vice President and Funeral Director
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After graduating from Bryan College in 1986 with a BS in Psychology, Eric followed in the footsteps of his family and entered funeral service at Lowe Funeral Home.

Eric is married to his college sweetheart, Cassie Tucker, and they are the parents of Gray and Bradly Rudd. Eric and his family are members of Glen Hope Baptist Church, where he is a deacon and Sunday School teacher. An avid Civil War buff, Eric currently serves as the Chaplain for SCV Camp #813 and is a re-enactor with the 6th NC.

"The families we serve benefit from our 200+ years of combined experience as we guide them through what is usually an unfamiliar and daunting process at a very difficult time in their lives."

Neil A. Roberts

Treasurer and Funeral Director
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Neil was born and raised in Raleigh and moved to Burlington in 1984 to begin his first full-time job after graduating from N.C. State University with a BA degree in Accounting. He came to work at Lowe Funeral Home in 1996 as the Business Manager and soon decided he wanted to help serve families as well. So, at age 35, he went back to school part-time and obtained his Funeral Director's License in 1999.

He is married to Vickie Cole Roberts and they have two children, Josh and Hannah. They are all members of Glen Hope Baptist Church where Neil teaches Sunday school, helps with Awanas and is a former deacon.  He previously served on the Board of Directors for Family Abuse Services. Neil values spending time with his family and enjoys playing most sports.

"I think what makes Lowe Funeral Home special is our people. Anyone can "do funerals" but we really care about and try to get to know the families we serve in order to help make the services for their loved one more meaningful and special."

Jay Roberts C.F.S.P.

Funeral Director / Embalmer / Crematory Operator
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Jay is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, certified crematory operator, and has worked in all aspects of funeral service. He has been with Lowe Funeral Home since 1983. He has served in all offices of the Cremation Association of North Carolina including two terms as President, and two terms on The Crematory Authority of the State Board of Funeral Service - one as the Chairman.

Jay is married to the former Rhonda Barbee of Mebane and they have two sons, Jamey and Matt. They attend Mebane St. Church of Christ in Burlington. Jay's hobbies include spending time with his family, working in the yard and playing golf.

"We have a passionate staff that will go the extra mile to personalize a service to celebrate the life of a person. I really enjoy serving a diverse population and conducting out-of-the-ordinary services."

 

David Poythress

Funeral Director / Embalmer
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David was born and raised here in Alamance County. He is married to Cindy and has a son, Bo. He is a graduate of Western Alamance High School, class of '74.  He then went on to Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science to pursue a career in Funeral Service.  He began his work here at Lowe Funeral Home in 1975.  In 1985 he started Poythress Tent Rentals while still working part time with the funeral home.  David enjoys traveling with his wife and spending his weekends at "The Barn Dance" in Julian.

Michael Swanger

Funeral Director / Embalmer
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Michael came to Lowe Funeral Home in December of 2005. He earned an AAS in Computer Science and an AAS in Funeral Service.

Michael comes from a family of five and has a twin sister. After a seven year courtship, he married Ashley Graves in 2007. They have been blessed with four children; Leigha Mykal, Leighton Ashley, Madden James and McKinleigh Ann.

He is a lifetime member of People's Memorial Christian Church where he serves as the music minister/choir director. He has a passion for ministry, enjoys singing, building and is an avid UNC fan.

"Before coming to work here, I noticed how compassionate the directors were when dealing with my own family at a time of loss. Now, I am proud to say I'm a part of that team. We work together for one goal.....to help bring comfort to our client families in their most difficult times."

Kellie A. Smith

Funeral Director / Embalmer
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Kellie began working at Lowe Funeral Home & Crematory in 1992.  She left in May of 2005 to be with her son as he was starting Kindergarten.  She later returned in August of 2012 to continue her career as a fully licensed funeral director, embalmer and pre-arrangement specialist.

She is married to Tommy Smith and they have one son, Landon Bailey Smith. A native of Alamance County, she graduated from Graham High School and Gupton-Jones Mortuary College in Atlanta, GA. She enjoys spending time with family and friends at Emerald Isle.

Kenneth S. Page

Funeral Director / Embalmer / Crematory Operator
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Kenneth has been employed with Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory since 1995 and is a fully licensed funeral director and embalmer and is certified in cremation. He is married to Tammy Turney Page and they have one daughter, Jordan.

A native of Alamance County, he is a graduate of Chowan College and Gupton-Jones School of Funeral Service. His interests include sports, music, exercise, golf and snowboarding.

"I think what distinguishes Lowe Funeral Home is our dedication to providing caring and professional service to all the families we serve."

Caleb Massey

Funeral Service Apprentice
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Caleb born and raised in Alamance County has been employed with Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory since 2012. A 2006 Graduate of Western Alamance High School and attended Alamance Community College for horticulture technology and Liberty University for biblical studies. A former youth pastor of Glencoe Baptist Church and currently involved with Feed The Hunger Ministry, Meridzo Ministries and Prevail Ministries. Caleb enjoys hiking, scuba diving and helping on the family farm.

“I think what makes Lowe Funeral Home unique is that we treat you like family. We strive to make every funeral service meaningful for your family and our staff strives for excellence.”

Ande Shoe

Funeral Director Assistant / Crematory Operator
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Ande Shoe worked part-time with Lowe Funeral Home for almost 20 years before becoming a full-time staff member in 1998. He is a Certified Crematory Operator. Before coming to Lowe, he was in automotive parts for 30 years. He has been a member of Alamance County Rescue since 1974 and is currently a Senior Member.

Ande is married to Mary Shanklin Shoe, has two daughters and three grandchildren. He and Mary enjoy spending time with family and friends. They are active members with the Antique Car Club of America - Alamance Region and enjoy showing a 1941 Packard Henney Hearse.

Jerry S. Coleman

Funeral Director
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Jerry has been a staff member at Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory since 1984. He is licensed as a Funeral Director and Insurance Agent and specializes in pre-need consultations.

Jerry has 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He attends Grove Park Baptist Church and is a member of the Burlington Lions Club and Bula Masonic Lodge No. 409 A.F & A.M.  He graduated in 1957 from Pleasant Grove High School and attended Burlington 
Business College.

"One of the things which sets Lowe Funeral Home apart is our beautiful facility, which includes the largest (350 seat) funeral home chapel in Burlington."

Mack Ray

Funeral Director Assistant
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Mack began working at Lowe Funeral Home in January, 1990. He was retired from Lucent Technologies were he worked as an illustrator for more than 35 years.

Mack and his wife, Gerry, have two daughters and three grandsons.

"I consider it a privilege to be a part of the funeral home staff and have the opportunity to be of service to families in their time of grief."

Jonathan Ball

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A native of Burlington, Jonathan has been employed with Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory since 2007. He is responsible for taking care of general maintenance, grounds, vehicles, and burial vault setups.

He has an Applied Science degree in Fire Protection from DTCC and is a North Carolina Certified EMT. He also owns a small pressure washing business. Jonathan is active in the men's choir at Peoples Memorial Christian Church. He enjoys playing softball in city and church leagues and spending time with his wife, Cilicia Graves.

"I think our attention to detail in every aspect of funeral service makes Lowe Funeral Home stand out."

Bonnie S. Murrell

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Bonnie S. Murrell is a lifetime resident of Gibsonville, NC and a member of Apple's Chapel Christian Church. She is a Dean's List graduate of UNC Greensboro, The National Center for Paralegal Training and Guilford Technical Community College. Having various degrees, she has settled in Accounting and has worked in the Business Office at Lowe Funeral Home & Crematory since 2000.

Bonnie was born into a farm family and is the youngest of 8 children. Having lost her parents and 4 brothers, as well as being a cancer survivor herself, she knows firsthand the sadness and hurt that comes with losing a loved one.

In her free time, Bonnie is a Notary Public, a registered Tax Return Preparer and a Judge for the Guilford County Board of Elections. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, traveling with her fiance', Jodie, and rescuing animals.

Gary Williams

Funeral Director Assistant
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Reverend Gary W. Williams was born on March 5, 1962 in Spivey's Corner, North Carolina. He attended Midway High School in Dunn, North Carolina where he received his high school diploma. In 1984 he graduated from East Carolina University receiving his B.S. Degree in Political Science. Gary applied for and joined the North Carolina Highway Patrol in 1984. He retired in 2013 as a Master Trooper. Reverend Williams was ordained into the Ministry through the High Point Educational and Missionary Baptist Association, in July, 2004. He briefly served as an Associate Pastor at Glen Raven Missionary Baptist Church in Glen Raven, North Carolina. In 2006, Reverend Williams became the Associate/Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church of Burlington where he served under the tutelage of Reverend Doctor R.W. Styles. Reverend Williams served as the chaplain of the Alamance County Prison Ministry where he ministered to inmates confined and incarcerated in Alamance County. He is also a peer counselor with the Highway Patrol and ministers to fellow officers during difficult periods and stressful situations. Reverend Williams is deeply devoted to his family. He has been married to his lovely wife Deborah for over 20 years and plays an active part in the lives of their two children, Lauren and Joshua.

 

Grant Kapp

Funeral Director Assistant
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Grant began working at Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory in 2005.  He retired from the Alamance County Sheriff's Office as a Lieutenant after 35 years of service.  He has two children and two grandchildren.  Grant is a member of the Bingham Masonic Lodge of Mebane, the Burlington Shrine Club and Cross Roads Presbyterian Church in Mebane where he serves as a deacon.  “I consider it an honor to be part of the funeral home staff where I can continue serving families of Alamance County.”

Dee Lowder

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Gary Greeson

Funeral Director Assistant
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