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Charles “Charlie” Hayden Lowrey

The Shawnee News-Star
Charles “Charlie” Hayden Lowrey, a lifelong resident of Shawnee, went to Heaven on Nov. 10, 2020.

Charles “Charlie” Hayden Lowrey, a lifelong resident of Shawnee, went to Heaven on Nov. 10, 2020.

He was born on Oct. 4, 1934, to William Arthur Lowrey Sr. and Margaret Leone (Yowell) Lowrey minutes after his fraternal twin brother William “Bill” Arthur Lowrey Jr.

Charlie graduated from Shawnee High School in 1953.

He then married JoRene Wingo in 1956.

He joined the U.S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict. Upon his return he was employed by Tinker AFB as a Pattern Maker and subsequently a Supervisor of their Tool and Dye shop. He retired over 30 years ago and is still a Legend at Tinker AFB today. After his retirement at Tinker AFB, Charlie formed three businesses in Shawnee in addition to lending his expertise to Barton Valve, Shawnee Brick Plant and General Plastics.

Charlie married the love of his life Shirley Ann (Branscum) Clarkson Lowrey in April 1975.  He was a member of the Shawnee First Christian Church then moved his membership to Liberty Baptist Church where he and Shirley attended.

He loved to hunt and fish and taught family and friends to also enjoy these sports.  He won countless awards while participating in many tournaments scattered throughout the United States. Charlie captured the title of “Biggest Catch” at a World Carp Fishing Tournament in New York State.

Charlie played tennis and golf during the younger years of his life. He also enjoyed archery and flying model airplanes. He participated in the Sooner State Games and was a member of the Tecumseh Gun Club and Shawnee Archery Club. Once upon a time, he was even in a Barber Shop Quartet!

Charlie was a patented inventor. He was very well known for his ability to fix just about anything. Generals at Tinker AFB and many others were known to bring him complex mechanical problems to solve. He was also a practical joker, putting many of his family and friends in hilarious situations.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Margaret Ann (Lowrey) Alberson and Betty Jane (Lowrey) Chandler, sons Richie Clay Clarkson and John Charles “Chuck”Lowrey, and grandson Ricky Clayton Clarkson.

He is survived by his wife Shirley, brother Bill and wife Dee Lowrey, daughters Kellianne and husband Bob Weaver, Celeste and husband Jimmie Enochs, all of Shawnee, and Suzanne and husband Cody Simmons of Ada. Grandsons Brandon Sullivan (Shawnee), Jason Hedger (Denver), Ryan Hedger (South Korea), Chase Lowrey (Shawnee), Andy Kull (Ada), Zach Clarkson (Meeker), Nick Lowrey (Shawnee). Granddaughters Whitnie Sullivan (Shawnee) Danielle Petty (Bethel Acres) and Baylee Rhine (Noble). Charles and Shirley have 34 great grandchildren.

Services to celebrate Charlie Lowrey’s life will be held on Monday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church, 711 E. Federal Street in Shawnee.