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Bruce Taylor Lower

February 9, 1936 ~ March 9, 2021 (age 85)

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Bruce Taylor Lower, age 85 of Clarkesville, passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

Born in Sebring, Ohio on February 9, 1936, Mr. Lower was the son of the late William W. and Thelma Burrell Lower. Mr. Lower earned a BA in Business from Mount Union University and a MBA from Indiana University.  He was employed with U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh, then was the Northeastern United States Reginal Controller for Sealtest Foods, later becoming Vice President and Treasurer for Farm Best Foods.  Mr. Lower was last Vice President and major shareholder for ESP, an environmental service and permitting firm based out of Gainesville, Florida.  Mr. Lower was a United States Army Veteran and was a member of Clarkesville First United Methodist Church.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Lower is preceded in death by brothers Robert Lower (US Army, Lt. Col, Ret.), John E. Lower and Richard N. Lower and sisters Virginia Libengood and Melba Whittacre.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years Carolyn Sue Gartrell Lower of Clarkesville, sons Brian Taylor Lower (Janet) of Winter Park, Florida and Gregory Bruce Lower (Carolyn) of St. Johns, Florida, daughter Erin Elizabeth Lower Blum of Chanhassen, Minnesota, sister Billie C. Burky of Yuba City, California, grandchildren Bruce Taylor Lower (Ines) of Orlando, Florida, Mark Joseph Lower (Michele) of Winter Garden, Florida, Jamie Marie Calhoun (Steven) of Winter Park, Florida, Dayle Elizabeth Lower of Winter Park, Florida, Catherine Elizabeth Lower of Mobile, Alabama, Sarah Caroline Lower of St. Johns, Florida and Alexandra Ann Blum of Chanhassen, Minnesota, great grandchild Sebastian Lower, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, March 14, 2021 at Clarkesville First United Methodist Church.  Rev. Keith Cox and Rev. Phil Demore will officiate.  The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday where the body will lie in state from 2:00 PM until the service hour.   Interment will take place on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at Veterans National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clarkesville First United Methodist Church Bus Fund, PO Box 365, Clarkesville, GA 30523 or to Habersham Christian Learning Center, 188 Owens Circle, Mt. Airy, GA 30563.

An online guest book is available for the Lower Family at

Funeral arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel & Gardens, Clarkesville. 706-754-6256

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March 14, 2021

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Clarkesville First United Methodist Church

Funeral Service
March 14, 2021

3:00 PM
Clarkesville First United Methodist Church

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