Another shining example of the greatest generation has crossed the river, appropriately, on Independence Day.
Born to two Southwestern Oklahoma pioneer families on May 5th, 1924, Lowell Hollis Cable graduated with 18 other small farm and ranch community kids from the Fletcher Oklahoma High School in May of 1942 and immediately enlisted in the US Navy “Seabees”, serving in the island hopping campaigns of the Southwest Pacific. He saw combat and lost friends amidst miserable jungle conditions in the Solomon and Treasury islands and on Saipan and Okinawa.
Returning home to Fletcher after the war he used the GI bill and a basketball scholarship to attend Cameron Junior College in nearby Lawton. On December 18th, 1948, he married Mary French Wisener in the First Christian Church of Fletcher where she had been a student in his Mother’s Sunday school class. Together Lowell & Mary graduated from then Oklahoma A&M University (now Oklahoma State) and returned to their little hometown where Lowell taught vocational agriculture and Mary taught the third grade.
In 1956 they accepted similar teaching positions in Craig, Colorado. It was in Craig the following year and later at Glenwood Springs, where Lowell embarked on a long successful career in the real estate business with the first nationwide real estate organization, United Farm Agency. In 1963 the company appointed Lowell as sales manager for Texas and Oklahoma, resulting in a move to Sulphur Springs. Eventually retiring from United Farm in 1991, Lowell quickly became bored and opened Century 21, Cable & Associates in Sulphur Springs. Failing health prompted a sale of that award winning firm in 2002.
Ever the Okie farm boy and Vo-Ag teacher, Lowell enjoyed owning land, cattle, horses and good bird dogs. He believed deeply in giving back to the community such that civic work came to define much of his life. He served as a member and President of the Sulphur Springs School Board for eight years. In connection with that service Lowell was involved in the development of the present day high school and civic center complex. Together with B.W. Harry and the late Walter Helm, comprising the original civic center building committee, Lowell was instrumental in making the longtime community dream of such a facility come true. He was immensely proud of that, as he was being named Hopkins County Citizen of the Year in 1980.
Other civic activities included service on the Sulphur River Municipal Water District during the years leading up to Cooper Lake finally becoming a reality; President of the Northeast Texas Economic Development Board; Secretary of the Hopkins County Dairy and Beef Cattle Association; Advisory Board to the local Future Farmers of America and board member for the NeTseO Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
An interest in state and national politics led Lowell to run for state representative followed by an 18 year stint as Chairman of the Hopkins County Democratic Party. He served on the State Democratic Party Executive Committee from 1988 to 2004. Governor Mark White appointed him to the Judicial Conduct Commission where he served from 1986 to 1996. Governor Ann Richards named Lowell to serve as one of two Texas representatives on the Red River Compact Commission, a multi-state organization charged with regulating the Red River and its tributaries. Lowell also served with pride on the Board of Directors of the Texas State Region VIII Educational District.
He was a self described softie for every kid that ever walked into his office seeking contributions for all the school and youth related activities throughout Hopkins County.
Lowell Cable is survived by his beloved wife of over 60 years, Mary French; sons Chad and Day and their wives, Mary and Cathy; grandchildren Drew, Cole, Gracie, Corey and Clara; his only sibling and greatest hero Don Cable and wife Iva of Muskogee, Oklahoma.
A celebration of life service will be held at the First Methodist Church on Thursday afternoon, July 9th, at three o’clock. No formal visitation is planned; however there will be a reception in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service. Honorary pallbearers will be B.F. Ashcroft, Alec Bridges, Carl Bryan, Harold Cheatham, Wayne Cooper, Jerry Elkins, Pat Gerald, David Gideon, Bill Gray, Jim Herrin, Coy Johnson, Ed Malone, Joe Minter, Jack Ramey, Bob West, Elvin White, Jerry Wilkerson, Frank Wright and Scott Ferguson. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial or charity of choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.
“His heritage to his children was not words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and father.”
-Will Rogers (about his father)
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