After 96 years of love and devotion Mildred Lowman Speagle left this world on Thursday, February 3, 2022, surrounded by her loving children, to join her Heavenly Father and her husband Walter Speagle whom God received into his presence 21 years ago. She was a loving mother who cared deeply for each and everyone of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.
Born in Burke County on April 23, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Dorse Lee Lowman and Maude Ann Cloninger Lowman. Mrs. Speagle was the co-owner of Noah's Ark Daycare, Countryway Florist and the Fishnet Seafood Restaurant.
She was the oldest member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church with over 80 years of service. She was awarded in 2000 the Laity Service Award, in recognition of the vital need for lay ministry in the church and in appreciation of her willingness to accept the call to serve the people of God at Ebenezer United Methodist Church through her work as church school teacher, choir member, church historian, and faithful member according to the gifts and graces given her.
Mrs. Lowman was given the Award of Special Recognition by the North Carolina Society of Historians, Inc in 1994 in the category of Family History Book Award for "The Lowman Story Of Faith, Hope, Hard Work, & Dreams ", which she wrote along with her sisters, Margaret and Ruby, and for her work in preserving North Carolina history.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Noah Speagle, one son, Richard Speagle and wife Justina; one son-in-law, C.W. Willis; three brothers, Paul, Grady and Clinton Lowman; and two sisters, Margaret Smith and Ruby Young.
She is survived by her two sons, Robert Speagle of Vale and Dr. Ernest Speagle and wife, Debbie of Vale; four daughters, Nancy S. Wright and husband, Hatley of Vale, Gayle S. Willis of Vale, Jo S. Smith and husband, Jim of Vale and Lorie S. Yancey and husband, Dean of Vale; 17 grandchildren; 21great grandchildren; and 16 great great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at 2:00 pm to 3:00pm, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church.
The funeral service will be held on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at 3:00pm at Ebenezer United Methodist Church with the Rev. Allen Boliek officiating.
A private burial will follow the service in the Speagle Family Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 8840 Cooksville Rd., Vale, NC 28168.
A guest register is available at www.stameytysingerfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Fallston, NC.