Richard “Dick” Chapman Lowrey

09/09/1934 –


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  • Visitation
Date: 06/20/2019
Time: 6:00 pm
 – 8:00 pm
  • Funeral Service
Date: 06/21/2019
Time: 10:00 am
 – 11:00 am


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Richard “Dick” Chapman Lowrey passed away on June 17, 2019. A time of fellowship and remembrance is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 84 years at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Southcrest Baptist Church.

Dick Lowrey was born on September 9, 1934 to EJ “Pinky” and Ruth Lowrey in Lubbock, Texas. He grew up in a family of educators and athletes. A graduate of Lubbock High School, he played on the two-time state championship football team. He went on to play football for the University of Texas and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in cotton marketing. In the summer of 1956, Dick met the love of his life, Nita Wood, at Camp Davis near Rociada, NM. The two had a wedding at home on August 3, 1957. Together they enjoyed raising five children. After working as a rancher near Slaton, TX, Dick taught math and coached for 34 years in Lubbock ISD. Faith in his Lord Jesus Christ, commitment to family, and love for friends held utmost importance to Dick. He enjoyed family vacations with his dearly loved grandchildren, playing golf, hunting, and gardening–especially growing tomatoes. A competitor to the end, he demonstrated character and fortitude in all that he did.

Survivors include his wife, Nita Lowrey; children, Sara Matthews and husband, Jimmy; Brent Lowrey and wife, Petie; Pam Gaschen and husband, Paul; Becky Denton and husband, Ashley; 17 grandchildren and their spouses; 8 great-grandchildren; brother, Jim Lowrey; and two brothers-in-law, Clark (Jan) Wood and Joe (Sandy) Wood.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lyn Honig; and son, Michael Wilson Lowrey.



In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International , Nexus International , or Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry  in his memory.


23 thoughts on “Richard “Dick” Chapman Lowrey”

  1. Our wonderful and much loved cousin is in the arms of Jesus. He will be missed, especially his special crooked smile but we know he is healed and happy. We are so thankful that Dick was a part of our lives.

  2. Laura Peterson Heinz

    I had Coach Lowery for math at Mackenzie Jr. High (more years ago than we need to count). He is one of the few teachers I can remember from Mackenzie — he was always positive and helped me adjust to a new school/city while helping me in a subject that didn’t come easily to me. One of the good guys. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15 Rest well faithful servant.

  3. Coach Lowery was a class act. He coached me and many other young boys at Mackenzie Junior High in the late 60s. Godspeed coach Lowery!!!!

  4. I can still see him standing outside his classroom door with his meter, not yard stick. Before football practice he would walk down the hall and ask “How were my boys today.” If he got an answer other than they were fine you had an intimate meeting in the coaches office. A paddle was involved.
    god bless you Coach Lowery, you are loved by many.

  5. Connie Richardson

    May he Rest In Peace. I don’t have many good jr. high memories at all, but I have fond memories of Coach Lowery. He was a kind gentleman and a good teacher. Sincere condolences to his family.

  6. Michele Baldwin

    Godspeed Coach Lowery! I can see you in the hallway from so long ago. You’ll always live on in my yearbooks. Prayers to your family and thanks for making school interesting. ??

  7. Fond memories of Coach Lowrey at Mackenzie JH back in the day. Love and strength to his nearest and dearest at this time.

  8. Nancy Knight Claborn

    Who didnt remember this warm gentleman if they has him as a teacher in school? Yes he was known for his friendly smile and seemed to always have that meter stick in hand! He used to call me Mollie May Brownfield as I had just moved from Brownfield to Lubbock my 7th grade year. My brother in law and sister named their middle son after his son Michael who passed away years ago because my brotger in law was close friends with his son. Prayers for peace and warm memories surround the Lowrey family!

  9. One of the few Mackenzie teachers I can remember. Always standing outside his class with his “meter” stick. He was a class act!! RIP Coach, Heaven just got another angel.

  10. Linda Bradley Middleton

    Dick was a very dear friend of my Daddy, Jim Bradley. They both loved hunting and were especially good at getting whatever they went after. Both men loved their Savior Jesus Christ so I know we will all be reunited one day in Heaven. Until then my memories of being fortunate to have gone pheasant hunting with them both will always warm my heart and bring a smile.
    Nita, you and all your family are in our prayers.
    Linda Bradley Middleton

  11. Coach Lowery was a fine man and a wonderful teacher/coach. He always took special interest in whomover he was working with at the time. The Hurley boys learned a great deal from Coach Lowery and frankly his firm hand was exactly what we needed. He taught us to give anything we did our all and dust ourselves off and get back after it when you get knocked down. We were very fortunate to have Dick Lowery in our lives.

  12. Mondie Williams

    I had a few classes with Mr. Lowery at Mackenzie. Math wasn’t my best subject, but Mr. Lowery was patient and helped me a lot! As others have mentioned, I can still see him standing outside of his classroom door with his meter stick!
    Till we meet again, Mr. Lowery!

  13. Teresa Strattan

    One of my favorite teachers at Mackenzie. You know you made a difference when your 62 year old past student can still see your smiling face. Hugs to your family.
    Teresa McMorris Strattan

  14. Jim and Brenda Thomas

    Prayers and condolences to Nita and family. We all look forward to grand reunions in heaven.

  15. Coach Lowrey was one of my favorite teachers at McKenzie. He taught 7th grade math and made it fun and interesting! He would joke with you, sometimes embarrass you, but you learned Math and I am very grateful for that education! Job well done Coach Lowrey!!!

  16. Carl Lee. Coach Lowery was the greatest coach and I loved him and coach Storrs for allowing me to be with them on our great football teams. God bless you coach. Love brother Carl.

  17. Clay Leaverton

    What a great man! He did scare me to death, those forearms, that “meter stick” and THAT PADDLE – I did get to experience “just”one of his licks which I know had to have been heard around the world!! After I got out of Junior High and thought about it, I realized who he was and what he had really done – it was amazing! He was my Coach in the 9th grade football (very strong, but very humble), I thought I was something but I wasn’t (and he knew that!) but he was at work in me (or actually God was at work through him) to begin to prepare my heart for Him. After a broken noselearning that his Grandmother (who I am so glad that I never met) could block better than me I finally got out – YAHOO!!! Now at 65 I see how special he was and how much I loved him, what a man!!!

  18. Today for some reason I woke up with a list in my mind. It was a list of the people in my life who had been most kind to me. Many people could be on that list, but for now it only has six names on it that I would define as the “kindest”. I decided I needed to contact as many of them as possible and thank them for their kindness. After calling my 97 year old mom, Coach Lowrey was to have been next. To my dismay I discovered only today that Coach Lowrey had passed away in June of this year.

    Even now, I still see his enchanting smile; I still feel the grip of his firm handshake; I still feel the strength in his rock-hard bicep when I would grasp it (I still flex mine trying to emulate him when someone squeezes my arm); and, I still feel the disappointment when, after my 7th grade year, he and Coach Storrs moved from Hutch to McKenzie. Having played football for him for only that one year, I realize that I never had a better coach since him.

    One last thought…Coach never spoke to me about Christ. But, he didn’t have to. His countenance radiated the joy and peace and love which came from his relationship with our Savior. So, belatedly and sadly I say “Thank you Coach for being so kind to me all my life”.

  19. I only today learned that one of my favorite educators, coach and friends passed last June. Coach Lowery was a great example of how STERN and COMPASSIONATE a man could be. His mentorship remains with me. His friendship lasted my lifetime. God speed Coach.

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