Lowrey, Perry Osborne


Oct. 21, 1869-May 13, 1929
Rev. Perry Osborne Lowrey was born near Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 31, 1869. His parents were John William and Mary Lowrey. On the death of his father, the family moved to Mansfield, La., in Perry’s boyhood, to he near his mother’ s brother, Dr. F. M. Grace, then president of Mansfield College.
He entered Hiwassee College, in East Tennessee, in his twenty-first year. He was licensed to preach in 1892, and later went to Vanderbilt University, from which he graduated in 1896, and was admitted on trial in the Louisiana Conference in 1896.
He served Farmerville, 1897; (the writer did not have the minutes to show where he was in 1898); Texas Avenue, Shreveport, 1899; Burgundy Street, New Orleans, 1900; Bastrop and Desiard, 1900-01; Lake Providence, 1903; Keatchie, 1904; White Castle, 1905; Melville, 1906; Many and Fisher, 1907-08; Grand Cane, 1909; Boyce and Lecompte, 1910-11; Sunday School Missionary Secretary, 1912-13; Kentwood, 1914; Bell City, 1915; Donaldsonville and Vacherie, 1916-17; Pleasant Hill, 1918-20; Indian Bayou, 1921-23; Calhoun, 1924-25; Simsboro, 1926; Campti, 1927-28: Sicily Island, 1929.
He was married to May Lou McGehee in San Antonio, Texas, July 16, 1902, by Rev. S. B. Beall. Ten children were born to this union, six boys and four girls, the eldest child, a boy, preceding him in death seven years ago.
A very marked characteristic of his life was faithfulness to duty. His wife writes, “No night was too dark, cold or wet for him to meet his appointments; never have I known him to miss a single one, however small or unimportant it seemed to others, if travel were at all possible.” The courage of a Daniel was in his breast, and he held firmly to his convictions of right, no matter what opposition there might be. He always put his best efforts into his work, was a fine organizer, model pastor, especially to the sick and shut-ins.
His death occurred at Natchez, Miss., May 13, 1929, after six weeks of illness, from inflammation of the brain. He was 59 years, six months and thirteen days old.
He served well his day and generation, and, by the intensity of his activities and efforts, wrought more than many who have lived much longer. He has heard the acclaim of his Lord, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”

A. W. Turner

Source: Annual of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 114-115, 1929

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