Lowry family honors parents with endowed scholarship


 Burleigh Pearlie Lowry

Pearlie and Burleigh Lowry

The sons and daughters of Burleigh and Pearlie Lowry have joined together to honor the memory of their parents with an endowed memorial scholarship at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

The Lowrys lived in the Harper's Ferry Community near Pembroke where they raised 12 children and farmed 350 acres.

The Burleigh and Pearlie Lowry Endowed Memorial Scholarship is a perpetual scholarship at UNCP. The award will go to a student who has demonstrated financial need, preferably is a resident of Robeson County and preferably a member or a relative of a member the Harper's Ferry Baptist Church.

Family members started the scholarship with gifts and pledges totaling $15,000. They expect to continue building the endowment.

"We discussed the idea of a scholarship at family reunions, which we hold the second weekend of October every year at the home place," said Burlin Lowry. "Everybody liked the idea."

Church and family were the cornerstones of the Lowry home, but they were also strong supporters of education in the community.

Mr. Lowry was a member of the School Committee at Harper's Ferry Elementary School until 1939 when Pembroke High School was built as a separate operating high school from the Normal College. Pembroke High School was located adjacent to the Normal College property. Mr. Lowry then became a member of the School Committee at Pembroke High School.

Burleigh Pearlie Lowry 

Chancellor Meadors (center) with the Lowry family (from left): Klyne, Nell, Odessa, Lycurous, Oceanus Vanice and Burlin. Not pictured are: Eurania and Wanda. Deceased siblings are: Oberon, Learlene, Henry and an unnamed infant.

Later, when the new Union Elementary School was built near Hopewell, combining Harper's Ferry and Hopewell Elementary School, Mr. Lowry switched to become a member of the Union Elementary School Committee. He was also superintendent of the Harper's Ferry Baptist Church.

"Daddy was born in 1889 and took charge of the family farm when he was 12 years old," said Klyne Lowry. "He could not continue his education."

Odessa Lowry continued: "He was a World War I veteran," she said. "He and Mom married in 1920. They had seven boys and five girls."

Burleigh Lowry died in 1963 and Pearlie died in 1967, but their lives will be remembered eternally with this scholarship, UNCP Chancellor Allen C. Meadors said.

"This is a great way to honor great people," Chancellor Meadors said. "This gift will help young people from the community for years to come."

For information about giving at UNCP, please call the office of Donor Relations at 910.521.6213.