Virgil Thomas "VT" Low
Virgil Thomas “VT” Low, 95, of Dermott, Ark., passed away December 12, 2017, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Ark.
He was born on December 26, 1921, in Rives, Mo., and was the son of the late John William Low and Minnie Marie (Marchbanks) Low.
He was united in marriage to Martha Lucille Smith on April 18, 1947, and to this union three daughters and two sons were born.
Virgil was a United States Army Veteran of World War II, and was awarded the Purple Heart for his services. He was a lifetime member, and a 32nd degree Mason, of the Eastern Star Lodge #207, F&AM. He was a former member of the St. Francis Baptist Church and the Fords Chapel Baptist Church in the Friendship Community.
At the age of 18, Virgil started and ran his own sawmill until he joined the Army. After his military service, he returned home to farm. He was also an inventor who patented the Low’s E-Z Way Trailer system.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Lucille, the Mother of their children; his daughter, Farris Marlene; a son, Ronald Trent; and his second wife, Emily.
He is survived by a son, Myron Low and wife Marilyn of Piggott, Ark.; two daughters, Frances Low Finder of Cabot, Ark. and Faye Low Speer and husband David Speer of Dermott, Ark.; seven grandchildren, Randy Low, Melinda Kelley, Lana Breedlove, Stephen Trent Finder, Chad Speer, Craig Scott and Leanna Britton; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Lorene Hampton of Alabama; many nieces and nephews; along with other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, at the St. Francis Baptist Church in St. Francis, Ark., with Brother Doug Clinton officiating. Burial is in the Gravel Hill Cemetery, located near St. Francis. Visitation will be held beginning at 11 a.m., prior to services, at the church.
Pallbearers are Stephen Trent Finder, Chad Speer, Craig Scott, Chris Smith, Larry Gatewood, Kenny Lemarr and Robert Charles. Honorary pallbearer is Randy Low. Hoggard and Son’s Funeral Home, of Piggott, is in charge of arrangements.