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Update Thursday 11:20 a.m.

Funeral arrangements for the Monroe County Schools director are set for this weekend.

Mike Lowry's funeral will be at First Methodist Church in Madisonville at 11 a.m. Saturday. Family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. at the Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, according to the funeral home's website. Lowry, 60, will be laid to rest in the Vonore Methodist Cemetery.

The director served as an educator in Monore County for almost 40 years. He served as a teacher, principal, and most recently the director of schools.

Update Wednesday 5:45 p.m.
The Director of Monroe County Schools passed away on Christmas Eve.

Mike Lowry served as an educator in Monroe County for almost 40 years.

He was a teacher, principal, and most recently the Director of Schools for Monroe County.

The Assistant Director of Schools Tim Blankenship says Lowry was all about the kids and strived for excellence in everything he did.

"I can't say enough good things about Mr. Lowry, always very professional. He had the kids' best interest always at heart," said Blankenship.

Blankenship also said Lowry was a family man and loved to farm.

Funeral arrangements are still being made at this time.

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(WBIR) - The Director of Monroe County Schools passed away on Christmas Eve. Tim Blankenship, the Assistant Director of Monroe County Schools, took to the district website to share the news:

Mr. Mike Lowry Passing

It is with a heavy heart that I write this email. Many of you may already know that our Director and friend Micheal L. Lowry passed away last night, 12/24/2013, 11:32pm at Sweetwater Hospital. You can take some solace in the good and lasting work that Mr. Lowry did in his too-brief lifetime. I ask each of you to keep Jan and Mia Sage in your prayers as they cope with the untimely loss of a husband and father.

I will post arrangements when they are completed.

Tim Blankenship Assistant Director Monroe County Schools

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