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Barbara A. Lowe

Barbara Ann Lowe was born in Miami, FL on May 10, 1947. She was the youngest sibling of the Claude and Alice Tribble family. She had 3 older brothers, Leonard, Jimmy and Bill. She had one older sister, Carolyn, who is still living. All the members of the Tribble family had a reputation of being very honest and always sought the truth no matter the consequences. The family moved to Hollywood, FL where Barbara went to Lake Forest Elementary School, and later to Sough Broward High School. She went to a technical school after High School in order to learn key punching, which was in the early pioneer days of computers. Her skill was the envy of her fellow workers as she excelled in being very fast with hardly any errors.

While working in the computer field, she met a young Air Force Sargent by the name of Gary R. Lowe, who proposed to her only 2 weeks after they met. She followed her husband all over the South as he was a retail store manager. They had one son, Gary L. Lowe, who was a straight A-student and joined the Navy. He worked himself up to Lt. Commander after 28 years of service. She moved to Tennessee with her husband, a Kingsport native, in 1995.

Barbara loved cooking, and she collected over 60 recipe books and had a big collection of kitchen machines for various tasks. Her favorite TV shows were cooking shows.
Barbara was a Baptist, but often attended the Old Kingsport Presbyterian Church after moving to Kingsport. She is survived by four nephews and three nieces.

There will be no services considering the pandemic that is going on. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Kingsport Presbyterian Church, 2049 Greenway Street, Kingsport, TN 37660.

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Barbara was one of the most selfless people I have ever met. She always greeted me with a smile and a small gesture, or gift. She always put others before herself and lived a life that was an example of a Christian. I will miss her terribly and Kingsport won't be the same without Barbara's smile, energy and kindness. She always told it like it was (the truth).

Kathy Zechello Sep 11 2021 8:10 PM

Gary, I am sorry for your loss! Barbara was a great woman, I will keep you both in my prayers.

Mary Hidalgo Sep 11 2021 8:00 PM


You taught me compassion and tenacity. You made our house a home for so many that were less fortunate. We shared a bond that only a mother and son could have in this life. Thank you for all the little things you did that made a huge difference in my life. It was an honor to present you the American Flag at my retirement. I\'ll miss your excellent cooking and smile. I love you and we will embrace again in paradise.

Jammer Sep 11 2021 7:51 PM

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Jammer Sep 11 2021 7:46 PM

Barbara was a wonderful woman. It was an honor to know her. We enjoyed all the times when she came to Florida. We will cherish all the memories. We love you Barbara! The Vitani family sends our love and prayers.

Kim Vitani Sep 11 2021 7:19 PM

My sincerest sympathy and condolences on the passing of Barbara. I remember meeting her when Gary and I served in the USAF. He without doubt met and married an Angel who was led to walk beside him and now she will be walking beside him in spirit while he continues to walk on God's Earth and has thoughts about and for her through his heart.

Chuck Williams Sep 11 2021 4:54 PM

Gary, we are so sorry for your loss, we were so blessed to know your Mom for the short time we did. We loved her compassion as a Mother and how she told her stories of your family upbringing. Our deepest sympathy to you, your Dad and your entire Family during this time of mourning.
Love, Kim, Steve and Brandy

Steve & Kim Vitani Sep 11 2021 4:41 PM

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Steve and Kim Vitani Sep 11 2021 4:38 PM

So sorry for your loss papa , she was the best soul on the planet and had the best morals. Heaven has definitely gained a beautiful angel. She was the best grandmother I could ask for and I'm thankful for that. I will miss her dearly and all of her stories. Love you papa

Bryce Sep 11 2021 4:34 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Lowe

Dawn Tribble Sep 11 2021 3:32 PM

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