Fort Payne Icon Passes Away
July 11, 2019
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Fort Payne Icon Passes Away

By Staff Reports

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — On Wednesday, July 3, local businessman Wayne Devan Lowe passed away at his home surrounded by family. 

Devan was born on July 24, 1939 in Dekalb County, Alabama. He was a lifelong resident of Gadsden and was a 1958 graduate of Etowah High School. 

He was a Christian of the Baptist faith. 

The name Devan Lowe Inc. is a sign of pride and devotion to a lifelong business that he loved. Devan was a wholesaler of cars at heart. He enjoyed the thrill of being up on the auction block at a sale. 

At the dealership, he cherished meeting customers and sharing stories with them. He loved a challenge and his lifelong dream was to own a Cadillac dealership. 

In the early seventies, he became the owner of Lowe Buick Oldsmobile Pontiac GMC in Fort Payne. He realized his dream in 1974 when he opened Lowe Oldsmobile Cadillac in Rome Georgia. 

In 1983, he opened Devan Lowe Lincoln Mercury in Rainbow City. His dream was realized again in 1992 when he added the Pontiac Cadillac GMC franchises to the Rainbow City dealership. 

Throughout his career, Devan received many awards and honors and was a strong supporter of the local community. 

In 2004, he was named Alabama’s TIME Dealer of the Year, one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious honors. In 2003, he was awarded the 2003 Gold Retailer of the Year by the Alabama Retail Association. He served as the chairman of The Chamber, Gadsden & Etowah County in 2003 and was presented the Bobby Austin Community Improvement Award from The Chamber in 2007. 

Along with his wife, Hilda, he was an Alexis de Tocqueville giver to the United Way of Etowah County. 

Devan was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne Marshall Lowe and Mavis Evelyn Traylor Lowe. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Hilda Flowers Lowe; his two daughters, Kimberly Lowe Jolly (Russell) and Kendall Lowe Hamilton (Mark); his grandchildren, Jordan Lowe Jolly, Katelyn Jade Jolly, and Kimberly Lauren Jolly; his brothers Rex Lowe and Larry (Cindy) Lowe; his sister Ann (Randy) Ross; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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