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Obituaries - March 19, 2008

Roy Samuel Melton

Roy Samuel Melton of Hampton, passed away on March 17. Arrangements by Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, Ga., (770) 961-2828.

Carl Malone

Carl Malone of Morrow, passed away on March 18. Arrangements by Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, Ga., (770) 961-2828.

Sara Frances Brittain Lowe

Sara Frances Brittain Lowe, 89, of Atlanta, died March 17. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Franklin Lowe, Jr. She was the daughter of Lucille Lokey and William Bernard Brittain. Born in Columbus, Ga., she was a graduate of Columbus High School and Georgia State College for Women.

She often said her biggest surprise in life was that she had the opportunity to go to college. She came to Atlanta in 1939, the year of the "Gone With The Wind" movie premiere. She and several of her co-workers from Southern Bell watched it from atop a telephone truck. "It was the most exciting thing that ever happened to me. I've never experienced anything like it since!" she said recently.

Mrs. Lowe made a difference in the lives of countless people through the organizations she participated in, and through her active attitude about life. Believing in the importance of education and of parental participation in schools, Mrs. Lowe spent 27 years volunteering for the Parent Teacher Association. She served as PTA president at Capitol View Elementary School, Lake City Elementary School, Lake Harbin Elementary School, Morrow Junior High School and Morrow Senior High School.

She was an active member of the Atlanta Area Presidents Council for many years and was awarded a PTA lifetime membership for her outstanding contributions to children, and to education. Born before women could vote, she understood the price that had been paid for that right. She never missed voting in a primary, or an election, including this year's Georgia primary. A women's rights activist, she campaigned for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and was a vocal supporter of female candidates for local offices.

She loved to read, and by the time she was 12, she had read every book in the Columbus Library the librarian would approve of her checking out. She never bought a book until she read the ending. "Why spend all that time on a book if it doesn't end right?" she would often say, which is probably why she enjoyed mysteries so much-they have to come together at the end, she said.

Mrs. Lowe spent many years volunteering at her church. She taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Baptist Training Union classes. She was a member of Inman Park Baptist Church, Capitol View Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, and Dunwoody Baptist Church. She would tackle any interesting challenge. When her husband gave her flying lessons for her birthday, she looked forward to every lesson and soloed in record time.

Mrs. Lowe made sure that people had a place to play. She learned to play Bridge when she was 12, and would play any game, anytime. Canasta, Bridge, and Scrabble were among her favorites. When she moved to the Kingsbridge Retirement Center, she noticed an empty room at the end of her hall and soon had it stocked with games, puzzles, cards, and people who loved a good match as much as she did.

She was an amazing person, because she was so "into" life. Mrs. Lowe loved her family, people in general, and adventure, and she wasn't afraid to try new things. With her death, family members and friends have lost their most ardent and faithful supporter.

Surviving are her children: Janice Marion Lowe, Linda Lowe Kelly and her husband, Richard, Samuel Franklin Lowe, III. and his wife, Rebekah, and Jeffrey Carter Lowe and his wife, Ann. In addition to her children are grandchildren: Elizabeth Kelly, Kate Labadorf, Lisa Ross, Zach Lowe, Kaitlin Lowe, Amy Lowe and Franklin Lowe; and great-grandchildren, Kyle Ross, Nichole Ross, Rachael Ross, Sara Labadorf, Drew Labadorf, A. J. Gravley, and Kaylee Gravley, and close friend, Vally Sharpe.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Mrs. Frances Lowe to the Georgia PTA General Scholarship Fund, 114 Baker Street N.E., Atlanta, Ga., 30308, (404) 659-0214, www.georgiapta.org.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, March 20, in the chapel of Oglethorpe Hill, with Rev. Lori Arnold officiating. Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 19, from 6-8 p.m., and one hour prior to the service at H.M. Patterson & Son Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta, Ga., 30319.