Helen Southard Lowery

Sept. 16, 1929-April 16, 2022


Helen Southard Lowery, 92, of Sparta, passed away peacefully, on April 16, 2022, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

She was the widow of Carl Denney Lowery, who also passed away the Saturday before Easter 15 years ago, on April 7, 2007.

Mrs. Helen was born and raised in Sparta and graduated from White County High School where she was an avid basketball player.  She was a member of Athens Church of Christ, in Sparta. Mrs. Helen was also known by much of her family as “Granny.” Granny was a great Southern cook and loved to feed people.  While she was famous for many great dishes, the most requested dishes by her kids and grandkids were her chocolate pies and chocolate gravy.  She also made the best pear preserves that would melt in your mouth. 

She enjoyed fellowship as part of “Prime Time” at Findlay Church of Church, in Sparta. Mrs. Helen loved helping people and was a homemaker and caregiver for many that have gone on before her. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She enjoyed the holidays and loved to celebrate any occasion to have a house full of family sharing love, laughter, good stories, and great food.

Mrs. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, William Wayne Southard and Ella Floyd Southard; husband, Carl Denny Lowery; daughters, Peggy Elaine Tallent, Susan “Susie” Ann Lowery; sister, Fronnie Southard Waller and husband Earnest “Nooney” Waller; and brothers, Joe Dow Southard and wife Retha, Wayne Hill Southard and wife Frances, and John Southard.

Survivors include a son, Carl Michael “Mike” Lowery and wife Sherry Underwood Lowery, of Flintville; five grandchildren, Samuel Wayne Carey, of Burkburnet, Texas, Steven Michael Lowery, of Quebeck, Carla Michele Tallent, of Sparta, Cody Wayne Lowery and wife Alice Claire Lowery, of Mandeville, Louisiana, Chance David Lowery, of Huntsville, Alabama; and six great-grandchildren, James Ransom Lowery, Raylee Ann Lowery, Cheyenne Elaine Perkins, Kyla Leane Russell, Michael “Mikey” Allen Lowery, Charles “Charlie” Wayne Lowery.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., April 22, 2022, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Doug Goff will officiate. The family will receive friends 11 a.m.-1 p.m., April 22, at the funeral home.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.