James Rex Lowe, beloved husband, father, brother and friend, died February 17th surrounded by his loving family and friends at Medical City Plano. Rex was born in Cooper, Texas on December 3rd, 1935 to James Ray Lowe and Maurine Chancellor. He grew up in Athens, Texas where he graduated from Athens High School in 1954 serving as Senior Class President, All-District Center for the Athens Hornet's football team and Honorable Mention for the All American Football team. He continued his love of football with the Rice University Owls 1954-56 as Center, later giving up football when his first child was born. He graduated from Rice University in 1958 with a BA in Economics and Business.
Rex served his country as a Captain in the Army Reserve from 1957-1965. His career in insurance began with Allstate in Irving in 1958 and he later founded Financial Affiliates in April 1986 and devoted himself to his clients until his retirement on March 15, 2017, at the age of 81. He took pride in the fact that two of his children joined him in the insurance business. His daughter Rexanne worked side by side for 26 years and his son Russ for 25. He served as Vice President of the Texas Credit Union League from 1977-1986. He became a member of the Board of Directors of Resource One Credit Union, serving as Chairman among other leadership roles. A Resolution was presented to him April 20, 2017 for his 18 years of service.
He cherished his role in multiple civic organizations such as the Rotary Club, Boy Scouts of America, and Meals on Wheels and served until his death.
Rex's greatest love was of his family and friends. He spent many hours cheering on his children in their sports competitions, educational pursuits and helping his children and grandchildren with assistance for their college education. He served as a wonderful role model demonstrating loyalty to his profession, rarely missing a day of work throughout his entire career. Virtues that defined Rex are patriotism, generosity, prudence and kindness. He rarely missed an opportunity to give a hug, deliver a kiss or fist pump in his later years to show gratitude or approval. The courageous way he dealt with various medical problems throughout his life will forever define Rex; never complaining and never giving up.
He will be remembered for his love of all things sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns, holding UT football season tickets for 25 years where he and his brother George would sit together every season. When they weren't together at a game they would talk to each other or text while watching different sports on TV. He also loved the game of golf, sharing his love with his good friends at Gleneagles Country Club where he was a member for 21 years.
He was preceded in death by his father Ray in 2006, his mother Maurine in 2012, his father -in-law Larry Freeman in 2013 and ex-wife and mother to his children, Darlene Tidmore in 1991.
Survivors include his loving wife of 32 years, Valerie; daughters Rexanne Sherrell and husband Lonnie of Plano, Darla Lowe and husband Mike Middleton of Belton, sons Russ Lowe and wife Amy of Frisco, Chris Miller of Flower Mound; 9 grandchildren; brother George Lowe and wife Nancy of Austin; his mother-in-law Pat Freeman of Plano.
A memorial celebrating his life, led by Reverend Bart Smith of Christ United Methodist Church of Plano, will be held at Gleneagles Country Club, 5401 West Park Boulevard, Plano, Texas on Friday February 23 at 2 pm. Arrangements by Ted Dickey Funeral Home, Dallas Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Rex's favorite charities, The SPCA and The Boy Scouts of America.
Published on February 20, 2018