Neal Lowrance Obituary (2021) – Greensboro, NC

Lowrance, Neal Davis

June 2, 1940 – September 22, 2021

Neal D. Lowrance, 81, a longtime Greensboro, NC resident; died at his home on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 of complications from cancer that had returned with a vengeance after its initial defeat more than two decades ago last year. He was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, to the late Lawson Henry Lowrance, Jr. and Martha Davis Lowrance. Mr. Lowrance trained at RJ Reynolds High School, where he excelled on college football and track teams, and at UNC Chapel Hill. He studied history at the UNC and was initiated into the Pi Kappa Alpha brotherhood. After graduating from college, he served as a US Navy officer during the Vietnam era, including missions on the destroyer USS Rich (DD-820). He then embarked on a long and distinguished career in insurance and administration; first with Life of Carolina Insurance Co., then with Southern Life and later with Jefferson Pilot, from which he retired in 1996.

A methodist and human rights advocate; Extremely well-read, Mr. Lowrance was a lifelong student of literature, philosophy, science, and history who deeply taught his family the importance of these pursuits.

Mr. Lowrance leaves behind his 57-year-old wife, former Patricia Queen Ward, daughter Betsy Elsner (Robert) of Birmingham, Alabama; Son David Lowrance (Nicole) of Johns Creek, Georgia; and four grandchildren: Lily Elsner from Oxford, England, Sam Elsner from Birmingham, Alabama, Jack Lowrance from Washington, DC, and Anna Lowrance from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Two brothers also survived, Lawson Henry Lowrance III (Barbara Mathias) from Chapel Hill, NC and C. Blair Lowrance, also from Chapel Hill.

No formal services are planned; an informal memorial ceremony for friends and family will take place in the coming weeks on a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in memory of Mr. Lowrance to: AuthoraCare (formerly Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro), Christ United Methodist Church, Piedmont Land Conservancy, and Greensboro Beautiful, Inc. Offer online condolences at www .forbisanddick.com .

Published by Greensboro News & Record on September 26, 2021.

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