Boonville – Doris Dobbins Lowe, 88, of Boonville and High Point, NC, passed away at Willowbrook Rehabilitation and Care Center on Sunday, June 16, 2013, after three years of failing health. Daughter of Wesley Franklin Dobbins and Carrie Louiza Virginia Ann Gentry Dobbins, she, along with many other Yadkin County natives during World War II, worked at the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft complex in Baltimore, MD, building B-26’s in the sheet-metal department. She was first married to US Marine Sergeant Billy L. Martin of High Point when he was on leave from the Solomon Islands and before he returned to Camp Pendleton, CA, to prepare for the invasion of the Japanese homeland. They had one daughter, Cheryl.
Several years after Billy’s death, Doris married Joseph Willard Steed of Randolph County, NC, who was also a World War II combat veteran. After Joe’s gallant fight against brain tumors, she later married Jesse Robert Lowe of High Point. With over 20 years of service to the K-Mart/Sears companies, she retired from the North Main Street K-Mart in High Point.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Doris was preceded in death by her brothers, John Henry (Dorothy) Dobbins; Charles Bethel (Jesse Ruth “Jo”) Dobbins; Wesley Franklin Dobbins, Jr.; and Billy Gray Dobbins; sister, Mary Elizabeth (Paul) Kennedy; brothers-in-law, Cody, Reitzel, and Ted Martin of High Point; Berlie Hoyt Adams of Pfafftown and Paul Kennedy of Elkin; sister-in-law, Margye E. Martin of High Point; niece, Shelia Faye Dobbins of Yadkinville; and nephew, Donald “Donnie” Gray Eaton of High Point. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Martin (Gary Reeder) of Trinity; sister, Barbara (Hoyt) Adams and Marie (Early) Eaton; step-sons, Alan (Carolyn) Steed; Steve (Rose) Steed; Jesse Robert “Robin” Lowe, Jr.; Richard (Marty) Lowe; and Glenn Lowe; very special friend, Alice Staley; and several nieces and nephews.
For all of their love and exceptional care, the family would especially like to thank Dr. Benjamin Igwemezie and his excellent staff at BMI Nephrology in High Point, along with the local dialysis centers and everyone at Willowbrook. For over 60 years, Doris was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, and requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the Mary Baker Eddy Library; 200 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston, MA 02115. Memorial Service arrangements are incomplete.
Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.gentryfuneralservice.com.