ASHEBORO (April 17, 2018)
The Randolph Community College Foundation and Randolph Community College have named its Azalea Park in the middle of the Asheboro Campus in honor of Frank and Ella B. Lowe of Liberty.
Randolph Community College President Robert S. Shackleford (left to right), attorney William Flowe, and paralegal Phyllis Allen unveil one of the signs dedicating Azalea Park on the Asheboro Campus in memory of Frank and Ella B. Lowe of Liberty.
The Lowes, who owned Dixie Equipment Company in Liberty from 1957 to December 2013, left $525,000 to the Randolph Community College Foundation last year per their wills. The company, which supplied school and office furniture, had conducted business with the college for many years.
RCC President Robert S. Shackleford introduced William H. Flowe Jr., a Liberty attorney who represented the Lowes, and his paralegal, Phyllis Allen. Flowe said that Frank and Ella Lowe lived quiet, peaceful lives, and spent their lives growing their business. He said after Mr. Lowe died, Mrs. Lowe continued the business for another four years until she was 92. She died in December 2015. The Lowes had no children and left their estate to various community organizations, including the Randolph County School System. He noted that Frank Lowe was a Navy veteran who was stationed in Pearl Harbor in December 1941. The couple was married 66 years and lived in a modest home.
Flowe told Dr. Shackleford, “If Ms. Ella was here, I know what she would say. She would say these flowers are beautiful, and you are so kind to do this, and thank you.”
Dr. Shackleford said the gift is remarkable in that the Lowes were not a wealthy family. “They earned their money the hard way, and they cared about their community. Their generosity is amazing, and we are so grateful,” he said.
The money has been designated for the Frank and Ella B. Lowe Scholarship Fund, according to Lorie McCroskey, director of development. McCroskey said she was told the Mrs. Lowe loved gardening so she thought Azalea Park would be an appropriate place to honor the gift. “There are always students using Azalea Park in the spring and summer,” she said. Two signs have been placed on each side of the park designating it the Frank and Ella B. Lowe Azalea Park.
The money will be given out in student scholarships, the first in fall 2018.