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Dr. Lowry Ware

Dr. Lowry Price Ware, 92, died at Wesley Commons (Greenwood) on February 8, 2021. Born September 17, 1928, he was the 3rd child of five born to the late Charlie B. Ware and the late Ruby Price Ware. Surviving is a brother, Gene R. (Shirley) Ware of Due West. Also surviving are nine nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers; Charlie B. Ware, Jr, Allen E. Ware and a sister, Mabel Ware Baggett. He was a life-long resident of Due West.

He was a life-long member of the Due West ARP Church where he taught Sunday School for decades, served as a Deacon, served as an Elder for 29 years, and was Clerk of Session for a number of terms. He loyally supported many congregational activities for over five decades.

Lowry was a precocious child and an omnivorous reader with a remarkable memory for everything he read. He attended the public schools of Due West, graduated from Due West High School and entered Erskine College. He majored in history, graduated in 1949 and entered the graduate school of history at the University of South Carolina. He earned MA and PhD degrees submitting a dissertation on William E. Dodd’s academic career (he was a scholar and US diplomat). Lowry was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the most prestigious academic distinction in the United States and for many years an officer in the Phi Beta Kappa regional society.

Lowry returned to Erskine as a member of the history department in 1954 and served as a professor until his retirement in 1987. He was a popular teacher, especially for those students destined for graduate academic degrees, medical schools and law schools. He continued to write and edit books well into his eighties. He co-authored The Second Century: A History of the Associated Reformed Presbyterians, 1882-1982, and wrote Old Abbeville: Scenes of the Past of a town Where Old Time Things are not Forgotten, A Place Called Due West: The Home of Erskine College, Chapters in the History of Abbeville County, the “Banner County” of South Carolina, and The Daniel Legacy: The Transforming Power of Philanthropy. Most of the thirty books he produced are edited works of diaries, census records and a myriad of other topics providing historians and genealogists with incomparable resources.

A special thank you to Jim Gettys, Jenny Kelly, and Lynn Veach for their ongoing efforts to visit Lowry several times each week.

A memorial service will be held Friday Feb. 12, 2021 at 3:00 PM in the Due West ARP Church with the Revs. Calvin Draffin and Scott Moore officiating.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic mask are required and social distancing will be observed.

There will be a private family burial. The Ware family will receive friends following the service on Friday  in the front of the church sanctuary.

Memorials in memory of Lowry may be made to  Due West ARP Church, PO Box 137, Due West, SC 29639 or to Hospice of the Piedmont, 408 West Alexander Ave. Greenwood, SC 29646.

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I have so many good memories of Lowry Ware from my undergraduate student days at Erskine College in the 1970s. As a history major, I soon discovered the depth of knowledge and understanding he possessed in dealing with so many areas of our past. He was more than a professor, as I recall borrowing tools from him for something my friends and I were working on. We also rode horses on his farm that he kindly kept for a professor on sabbatical. Fortunately, I was able to keep in touch with him some when I worked at the SC Archives and this brought me into contact with the written and published results of his research. He had a tremendous asset for any historian or any person to have--an incomparable memory for detail. His life was truly a blessing to so many over the decades. He will be missed.
John D. Mackintosh
Lexington, S.C.

John Mackintosh Feb 12 2021 12:00 AM

Some people in life you just can never forget, Dr. Ware is one of those people in my life. He helped me so very much while I was a student at Erskine, from helping me with a self study class I needed for my minor and graduation to helping me find hunting and fishing spots with the locals while at Erskine. "Well done thy good and faithful servant" Many thanks Dr. Ware!

Rod Wolff Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM

Dr. Ware was a great world history professor. It was a privilege to have been in his class in 1957. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Martha Wilson Mitchell, Erskine Class of 1957

Martha Mitchell Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM

So grateful to have been one of his students at Erskine. He had such a sharp mind. I recall telling him in passing that I had secured an envelope with a Confederate stamp addressed to an individual in Abbeville County, SC. Dr. Ware knew the man, where his store had been, and what happened to his family. I would often see him reading decades-old papers - not really researching anything specific, but just to ramble through the history. He was a blessing to so many students.

Dr. W. Maynard Pittendreigh Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM

While I didnt experience Dr. Wares classroom teaching (he had retired before I started at Erskine), I got to know his expertise and passion for history well. One of my uncles (H. Arnette Carlisle) was also a SC historian, and had become good friends with Dr. Ware over the years. I have a copy of A Place Called Due West which Dr. Ware inscribed for my uncle, saying Your Lowndesville book helped inspire my efforts to tell Due Wests story. Wonderful man, with such a rich grasp on the history of small-town SC. His recounting of the legacies of men and women of Due West and Abbeville provide riches for future generations, that might otherwise be lost. You will be missed deeply, Dr. Ware.

Andy Anderson Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM

I had Dr. Ware as my modern western history teacher. Over forty years since then, I still remember how he brought that history to life. He was an outstanding teacher and I am thankful for having been his student.

Chris Evans Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM

Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont extends its condolence to the family of Lowry Ware. Hospice considered it a privilege to care for Mr. Ware during his illness.

Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont Feb 10 2021 12:00 AM

Lowry was a dear friend in history, we served on ARP Church Committee together. He was a great author of history, a Southern gentleman of sterling character.

Bob Edmonds Feb 10 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you, Dr. Ware, for your kind spirit and generosity to others. The Due West and Erskine communities will miss you.

Lydia Kyle Harrison Feb 9 2021 12:00 AM

We offer heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends.

R. and M. Ruble Feb 9 2021 12:00 AM