Stanley’s oldest resident passes at 104 after special recognition at Homecoming

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Margaruite Sours
A few days before the start of the 54th annual Homecoming events Mayor Mike Knight and Town Manager Terry Pettit presented a resolution from the Stanley Council proclaiming June 30 as Marguerite Sours Day.

~ PVN staff report

STANLEY, July 6 — Just four days after she was recognized as Stanley’s “oldest living citizen” and a special day was named in her honor to kick off last week’s Homecoming festivities, Marguerite Sours passed away at the age of 104.

Her July 4th passing on Sunday marked the end of a life that began on June 8, 1917, in Stanley as the daughter of the late Clifton Luther Lowrey and Sudie Mae Cave Lowrey.

Marguerite was a member of the Stanley Baptist Church and worked many years in Stanley at the Five and Dime store. She had an amazing memory and loved flowers and crocheting, according to her obituary. Marguerite loved all of her family and helped them in many ways. She was a role model and an inspiration to everyone.

On June 30, the 54th annual Stanley Homecoming got under way on “Marguerite Sours Day” after a proclamation from Mayor Mike Knight declared the special recognition in honor of Sours’ 104 years as a town resident.

“WHEREAS, Marguerite Sours has dedicated years of her life as a loving wife, dedicated church member and especially the woman whom met you at the door with a smile each time at Roller’s 5 cent and 10 cent store,” the proclamation reads. “WHEREAS, through loving care, Marguerite Sours has been an extraordinary example to everyone in the Town of Stanley. WHEREAS, Marguerite Sours is now at the grand old age of 104 and Stanley’s oldest living citizen. WHEREAS, the Town of Stanley encourages all residents to congratulate Marguerite Sours and all that she has accomplished in her life.

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mayor Michael Knight, on this important occasion, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor, and on behalf of the Town of Stanley, do hereby declare June 30, 2021 as Marguerite Sours Day.”

On June 17, 1946, Marguerite married Glen Franklin Sours, who died on Aug. 2, 1950.

She is survived by a niece, Carolyn Purdham; a nephew, Clifton Lowrey III; three great nieces, Robin Dovel Bailey, Patricia Offenbacker and Donna Dovel Crosby; and several great great nieces and nephews, Holly Campbell, L.J. Bailey, Tiffany Crosby, and Daniel and Chaslie Offenbacker.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Clifton Luther Lowrey Jr.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, at the Stanley Baptist Church by Evangelist Doug Gochenour, with visitation one hour prior to the service, from 10-11 a.m. Burial will be in the Cave Family Cemetery in Stanley.



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