Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Mrs. Dorothy (Dot) Burbage Miller Lowman, 85, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister of Summerville, SC entered the Kingdom of her Heavenly Father on Monday, May 20, 2013. Dot was born August 6, 1927.
Dot was born in Summerville and spent her childhood here. Her family lived in several locations; many of the houses still stand in Summerville today. Her father was a sharecropper for Berlin G. Meyers’ uncle, and she remembered when Berlin came to town. At one time, her family had a farm on Bacons Bridge Road where the Church of Latter-Day Saints currently stands. Her mother, Essie Burbage, planted the two cedar trees recently removed for construction purposes. She and her brothers walked several miles to school each day. She said the Branton Brothers or Billy Evans would give her a ride when they saw her walking. Her elementary school was a one-room schoolhouse; her high school was Summerville-- what is now the Rollings Middle School building. Miss Lyde was her favorite teacher, and she also mentioned Mrs. Muckenfuss and Ms. Spann. Her time in high school ended after the ninth grade as she then went to work at the Ben Franklin dime store to help her family financially. She had many stories about her childhood and teenage years in Summerville with her best friend Stella Morelli. She spent most of her adult life in N. Charleston, but moved back to Summerville for the last 15 years of her life. Dot was in poor health for the last 3 years of her life, but fought like a warrior. She passed away peacefully with her family by her side. She was a Christian woman and now resides with her Heavenly Father. She was a true matriarch of her family and will forever be loved and missed.
She was the daughter of the late Fred H. Burbage and the late Estelle (Essie) Driggers Burbage.
She was predeceased by her first husband, William F. (Jerry) Miller, five brothers: Walter, Willie, Thomas, Frankie and Marion, and a sister: Alice.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Franklin W. Lowman; 3 children: Sylvia Miller Logan (Jay) of Greer, SC, Gloria Miller Suggs (Michael) of Columbia, SC and Tammy Miller Johnson (Brian) of N. Charleston, SC, 7 grandchildren; Angela Rumsey (Tim), Gidget Palladino (Rick), Jaymee Blackwell (Travis), Kayci Weaver (Mark), Erin Bland (Brandon), Miller Johnson, and William (Liam) Johnson; 12 great grandchildren and one on the way; and a brother: Hayden Burbage. Special thanks to Carolina Hospice and Stephanie Finley, her nurse.
The relatives and friends of Mrs. Dot Burbage Lowman attended her funeral services on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at three o’clock p.m. at Carolina Memorial Funeral Home. Interment followed at Carolina Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or the American Lung Association 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800. Washington, DC 20004.
Arrangements were provided by Carolina Memorial Park, Funerals And Cremations, 7113 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston, SC 29406 (843-797-2222). A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting www.carolinamemorial.com.
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