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Bailey Funeral Home

400 North College Avenue, P.O. Box 1757, El Dorado, AR

Phone: 870-863-5141

W.A. "Gus" Lowery

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Published: February 28, 2013

Funeral services honoring the life of William Augustus "Gus" Lowery, 82, will be held at the Chapel of Bailey Funeral Home in Haynesville on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Dale Shirey and Dr. Shelby Cowling, officiating. Interment will follow at Old Town Cemetery in Haynesville under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

Gus was born on December 25, 1930 in Ruby, South Carolina, the son of J.G. and Grace Coker Lowery. A 1948 graduate of Junction City High School, he began his career in Funeral Service with the Pratt/Barton Funeral Home in Junction City and later with Rumph Funeral Home in El Dorado. Gus was a graduate of the Worsham Mortuary College in Chicago, Illinois and has been a dual licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Arkansas since 1954 and Louisiana since 1965. His career has also affiliated him with the Osborn Funeral Home in Shreveport, Caruth Funeral Home in Hot Springs and since 1971 with Bailey Funeral Homes, with most of his time serving the families of the Haynesville, La. area. He was a member of Wesson Baptist Church. Gus entered into rest Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in El Dorado, Arkansas following a lengthy illness.

Gus was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Barbara; his step-mother, Bessie Lowery; and one son, W.A. "Little Gus" Lowery Jr. Surviving him are two sons, John William Lowery of Monroe, La. and W. Scott Lowery and his wife, Rebecca Ann Odom Lowery of Homer; two grandsons, Adam Paul Scott Lowery of Conroe, Texas and William Cody Lowery of Homer; and longtime friend, Mike Caldwell of Wesson, Ark.

Pallbearers will be Gerald Morgan, Keith Morgan, Ben Booth, Ed Langston, and Jeff Garrett. For friends considering memorials honoring Gus, his family suggests the American Diabetes Association, 2750 Lake Villa Drive, Metairie, La. 70002 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, c/o Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn 38101-9908.

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