I hope you are all doing well. This has been a difficult past month for everyone I am sure. You are all in our prayers daily and we appreciate all of your wonderful comments and stories about your memories with Jimmy. I would like to share this beautiful dedication by the lovely and talented Carol Driver, a dear friend of Jimmy's. Thank you again for all of your support. We look forward to hearing more from everybody! God bless~
Dedicated To Jimmy "Guy" Lowe, With Love Always
By, Carol Driver
We have an entire lifetime to make memories with those we love. What we don't know is how long our lifetime will be. We take life for granted and think we have time to tell someone how much we love them or what they mean to us. When we actually only have right now. This very minute is all we have. For it could all be gone in a split second.
Jimmy is gone from this world but forever living in our hearts. Jimmy was taken from us way to soon. How were we to know that the last time we saw his face, heard his voice or told him we loved him was the last chance we would get. We are all thinking and remembering what we last said to him or what we were doing when we last saw him or what we should have said. No words that we ever spoke matter as much as the love we had for him. I love him with my whole heart and I always will. And he loved me. He mattered and touched my life. His love is what I will hold onto not the last words spoken. And although the last time I saw him he was being his wonderful self. It's his love that lives in my heart and will keep his memory alive.Jimmy showed us what love was all about.
I have known him since he was a teenager. I watched him grow up into an amazing man. He loved life, his family and friends. He always saw the good in everyone. Jimmy touched each life that he entered with out judgment or conviction. Jimmy and I have been through many happy times, sad times, bee stings, dog bites, weddings, family times, camping times, graduations, losing his home to fire, we have been through a lifetime together. His lifetime. Jimmy had a laugh that was more contagious then the common cold. He sang in a way that gave you goose bumps. He loved playing that guitar and singing.
I am proud and honored to have been apart of Jimmy's life. Proud to call him a very special friend. We will always have Jimmy in our conversations, in our thoughts and our memories. He will always live in our hearts.
I would like to share a couple of memories that I have. These are the memories that Jimmy reminded me of time and time again. I have a million memories of Jimmy and they are never ending. He made every moment with him special. I know telling you about these two memories will be making Jimmy smile as he is watching over us right now.
I hate bugs and I am fearful of being near water so these two memory's are related to those fears. Jimmy would always get me with the bug thing. He would get a kick out of telling me there was a bug on me even when there wasn't. After he made me scream he would say he was sorry and that he just wanted to hear me scream. He would be standing there cracking up. How was I to believe he was sorry? If there really was a bug on me he would build me up to freak me out. He would look at me and say "Carol now, Carol don't freak out"... Yeah right, that was all it took I was freaking out. I would start screaming telling him to get the bug off. He would be laughing so hard he would have tears running down his face and I was screaming for him to get it off. He would be trying to but with him laughing and tears in his eyes it was taking forever. He had way to much fun doing that to me.
The other thing is I don't know how to swim and I am terrified of water. One time while out at Birch Lake he talked me into going on the double inner tube with him. The inner tube had a bottom in it so I thought it would be okay. Jimmy assured me it would be great fun. I had a life jacket on and knew I would be fine.
As we were bouncing on the water Jimmy would look over at me with that cheeky smile and glow in his eyes. You could see how proud he was to get me out on the water and see me having fun. In all the years of going out to Birch Lake no one had managed to get me in the water. I felt safe with him. I knew he wouldn't let anything happen to me. Then the boat stopped in the middle of the lake and the tube flipped. I went under and took in a bit of water before coming back up. With fear raging through me I thought for sure it was the end. It was dark and the water was going in my mouth. I could hear my daughter screaming fearfully "Mom, Mom where's my mom?" I had no idea where I was and I wondered where Jimmy was. I was so terrified. Just then Jimmy lifted the inner tube off my head. I started crying and holding onto him for dear life.
He told me it was okay. He said "Don't ever scare me like that again". He held onto me telling me it was fine and that he had me now. There I was crying and shaking in fear and he starts laughing. I asked him what he was laughing at? And he told me "You have to admit that was funny. What were the chances of that happening"? I told him it was not funny and I didn't know what was happening. He laughed even harder. He said "You were just under the inner tube." Then he started cracking up even harder. He was crying with laughter. That is so like Jimmy. I still would not let go of him. I had my legs and arms wrapped around him as tight as I could.
Everyone on land was laughing as they were watching this whole thing go on. Jimmy, my daughter and another friend were now trying to get me in the boat. They couldn't get me in because I wouldn't let go of Jimmy. Jimmy was laughing so hard he couldn't get me off of him. They struggled for sometime trying to get me to relax. When we got to shore everyone was laughing but me. Jimmy was beside himself and couldn't even tell the story. He was hugging me and telling me he was sorry he was laughing but that it was just too funny. When he was finally able to tell the story of what happened and telling everyone that I thought I was drowning when I was only under the inner tube I was laughing too. That's what Jimmy did. He made us laugh he made us happy.
Jimmy never let me forget that day after all these years. When Jimmy would say to me "Trust me little girl" I would remind him of why I shouldn't trust him and he would laugh all over again. The last time I saw Jimmy... He told me that he loved me and that he would always be there for me and my daughters. He thanked me for always being there for him too. He also thanked me for being a good cook and for all those wonderful meals. He was always thinking of his stomach.
I love you Jimmy Guy with all my heart. Thank you for all you have given me. You are in my thoughts, my memories and always apart of my life. You have given me a lifetime of memories and a million reasons to always hold onto you and never let you go. You are gone but never forgotten.
I miss you my precious friend. Rest in Peace.