Charlie Lowry, the three time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, holds seventeen championship titles in the PRCA Southeastern Circuit. In 1978 he set an arena record at the Cow Palace in San Francisco in the calf roping. In 1981 Lowry claimed the All-Around Cowboy title at the famous Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Wyoming. Along with his list of his many personal accolades this life-long cowboy was named the 2002 & 2012 Stock Contractor of the Year by the Women's Professional Rodeo Association.
For the Lowry family, rodeoing is a way of life. Charlie and his wife Wanda, a retired teacher, travel to all their rodeos as a team. Wanda serves as a rodeo timer. She is author of a children's book, TRICKY RICKY, Born to Buck. The Lowry's have two children that have always been involved in the sport of rodeo both attending colleges on rodeo scholarships. Ross, the Lowry's son, is the 2001 Southeastern Circuit Champion Team Roping Heeler and the 2009 & 2012 Southeastern Circuit Champion Team Roping Header. In 2011 Ross and his partner Stephen Brittnell captured the coveted Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo Championship.
Ross's wife Leann, an elementary school teacher, competes in the barrel racing and breakaway roping. The Lowry's daughter Jolyn is the former rodeo coach at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and is an accomplished barrel racer and breakaway roper. Jolyn King has two children, Rylee, age ten , and Kyler, age six. Both the Lowry children and their families reside on the 4L Ranch in Summerville where they are actively involved in the Rodeo Stock Contracting business as well as competing contestants.
According to Charlie, rodeo has been good to his family. "Rodeo has not only provided a livelihood and a common bond for our family," says Lowry "it has provided an opportunity to make and develop friendships that last a lifetime."