Served in the U.S. Army
Member of the greatest generation
Received numerous awards
Worked for the railroad and Raone County Recyclables
Tom Lowery was born May 5, 1916 in Briceville, Tennessee to Cora Blizzard and Lem Lowery. He had five siblings and was raised in the Wheat Community. As a young boy, he had to quit school in the fourth grade to work on the family’s 100-acre farm.
The government bought the farm for the Manhattan Project site and they moved to Peach Orchard. In June 1941, he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Red Bank, New Jersey. He married his wife, Susie Russell, in Red Bank on November 5, 1942.
In 1942, Tom was appointed Corporal at Fort Monmouth in Red Bank, New Jersey. He was later shipped out to France and Europe where he fought in WWII. He was a fire fighter and a rifle marksman.
During his service to our country, he received the European African Middle Eastern, or known as the EAME theatre with 3 bronze stars; American Defense service medal; Croix De Guerre with palm, which is a French military award for heroism in battle.
After he was honorably discharged from the army, he returned to Tennessee where he and Susie made their home in the Blair community and raised two boys and three girls. They went on to have 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
They were married for 65 years until Susie passed away in May 2008. When Tom returned to the Blair community, he worked for the railroad until he was hired by Union Carbide to work at the K-25 site as a painter, until his retirement in 1980.
After his retirement, he went to work for Roane County Recyclables. He received a recognition award for service. Tom’s favorite past time was to tend to his cattle, mow, and bail hay to raise several farm animals. He had a special place for their dog Rascal and their cat Muffin.
He is a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, loves to read the bible, strum on his guitar, and sing old gospel songs. We are honored to induct Mr. Tom Lowery into the Signature HealthCARE Hall of Fame.Back to the list of inductees