honors parents with endowed scholarship
and Burleigh Lowry
The sons and daughters
of Burleigh and Pearlie Lowry have joined together to honor the memory
of their parents with an endowed memorial scholarship at The University
of North Carolina at Pembroke.
The Lowrys lived
in the Harper's Ferry Community near Pembroke where they raised 12 children
and farmed 350 acres.
The Burleigh and
Pearlie Lowry Endowed Memorial Scholarship is a perpetual scholarship
at UNCP. The award will go to a student who has demonstrated financial
need, preferably is a resident of Robeson County and preferably a member
or a relative of a member the Harper's Ferry Baptist Church.
Family members started
the scholarship with gifts and pledges totaling $15,000. They expect
to continue building the endowment.
the idea of a scholarship at family reunions, which we hold the second
weekend of October every year at the home place," said Burlin Lowry.
"Everybody liked the idea."
Church and family
were the cornerstones of the Lowry home, but they were also strong supporters
of education in the community.
Mr. Lowry was a
member of the School Committee at Harper's Ferry Elementary School until
1939 when Pembroke High School was built as a separate operating high
school from the Normal College. Pembroke High School was located adjacent
to the Normal College property. Mr. Lowry then became a member of the
School Committee at Pembroke High School.
Meadors (center) with the Lowry family (from left):
Klyne, Nell, Odessa, Lycurous, Oceanus Vanice and Burlin.
Not pictured are: Eurania and Wanda. Deceased siblings are:
Oberon, Learlene, Henry and an unnamed infant.
Later, when the
new Union Elementary School was built near Hopewell, combining Harper's
Ferry and Hopewell Elementary School, Mr. Lowry switched to become a
member of the Union Elementary School Committee. He was also superintendent
of the Harper's Ferry Baptist Church.
born in 1889 and took charge of the family farm when he was 12 years
old," said Klyne Lowry. "He could not continue his education."
Odessa Lowry continued:
"He was a World War I veteran," she said. "He and Mom
married in 1920. They had seven boys and five girls."
Burleigh Lowry died
in 1963 and Pearlie died in 1967, but their lives will be remembered
eternally with this scholarship, UNCP Chancellor Allen C. Meadors said.
"This is a
great way to honor great people," Chancellor Meadors said. "This
gift will help young people from the community for years to come."
about giving at UNCP, please call the office of Donor
Relations at 910.521.6213.
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