Robert E. Lowe, Jr. (left) wore many hats. He was a husband, father, teacher, musician, and community advocate to name just a few. The son of Gayle and the late Robert Lowe Sr., Lowe graduated from Wirt County High School in 1977. After graduating he continued to West Virginia University where he played the trombone in the marching band and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in music education.

Lowe took every opportunity to share his love of music with others. He assisted the band program at Wirt County High School as well as mentored several young aspiring musicians. In 2001, Lowe was elected to the Wirt County Commission. He is recognized as the longest continuous serving Wirt County Commissioner to date. In addition to his duties as a Commissioner, he also operated a sawmill for many years.

Robert passed away on August 3, 2019 at the age of 60. To honor Lowe's memory and his love of music, his family established the Robert E. Lowe, Jr. Memorial Scholarship fund with the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. This fund will forever award scholarships to graduating seniors from Wirt County High School who plan to pursue a degree in a music or arts field of study.

Lowe is survived by his wife, Cindy Lowe; two children, Matt and Kristina Lowe; and brother, Richard Lowe.

Individuals who would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support this new fund are encouraged to send a check made payable to the PACF with "Robert Lowe Memorial" on the memo line to: PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

Donations may also be made online by visiting   Individuals wishing to learn more about this fund can call the Foundation at 304-428-4438.