Lowe celebrates 95th birthday

Bob FalaOutdoors Columnist

January 27, 2013

Celebrating his 95th birthday on January 18 was Curtis Emmett Lowe of Chapmanville.

Lowe, the son of Joseph and Susan Scaggs Lowe, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1937 and served on the USS Philadelphia light cruiser for three and one-half years. He was discharged April 1941 and returned home on a troop transport.

Lowe is extremely proud and fortunate to have met President Franklin D. Roosevelt who was on his ship for a week for a fishing excursion.

In July 1942, Lowe re-enlisted due to World War II. He served on the USS Elizabeth Stanton and the LST 1008. During WWII he participated in the North African-Moroccan landing, the Sicilian occupation and Salerno landing. He was discharged as a Chief Bosin Mate in October 1945 after the end of WWII.

Following his return home, Lowe married Norma Frye on June 1, 1953 in Chapmanville. They were married 53 years until her death on October 21, 2006. They are the parents of two children, Phyllis Lowe of Chapmanville and the late Joseph A. Lowe. He also had two sons from a previous marriage, Curtis E. Lowe of Wadsworth, Ohio, and the late Kenneth Lowe.

Lowe has a very special niece, Norma Jean, who visited with him the weekend before his birthday. They enjoyed an early birthday celebration with Mexican food, along with a birthday cake, at Hacienda.

Lowe loved to travel and traveled more than half way around the world while serving in the U.S. Navy. His most memorable trip was during July 1985 when he took his wife and daughter to Hawaii. Lowe had been stationed in Hawaii and had always dreamed of taking his family to see the beautiful sites he had seen as a young enlisted Navy sailor.