ACF Forum - General Discussion - emails about Elbert


Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:39 am    Post subject: Elbert Lowder's Death

Elbert Lowder passed away 2:30AM this Thursday morning, December 14, 2006 at Liberty Commons, Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 310 Commerce Drive, Sanford, NC. He had been transferred there just a few day ago from Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford. Funeral Arrangements to be announced.

http://www.nccheckers.org/NCCA/Elbert%20Lowder%20Hospital.htm
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A Checker Friend, JR Smith,
Greensboro, North Carolina


Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Elbert Lowder

I'm complete dummy, nothing to say.

This is a great loss for checkers fraternity and we never fill this gap. I am proud I had a chance in my life to meet, play with him and learn from him.
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There is always something around the corner in game of draughts!

I read book "SIXTH" and "NT 2006 Selected Games and Positions" every day!

Alex Moiseyey,
Dublin, OH (3-move Checker World Champion)


Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:08 pm    Post subject: The passing of Mr. Elbert Lowder

Hello everyone:

The
ACF and Checkers has lost a true Icon of our game. I just now got off the phone with Mr. Lowder's business partner and long time friend Mr. Tim Laverty. Mr. Lowder had no life insurance, etc. and Tim could use some help for Mr. Lowder's funeral expenses. I told Tim when we had finished talking that I would go onto our forum and make a posting asking if anyone was so inclined to make a donation to contact Tim. I show his address below.

Mr. Tim Laverty
302 West Raleigh Street
Sanford, N.C. 27332

We will all miss
Mr. Lowder, but his games, etc. will live on forever in Checkerdom.

Sincerely:
Alan Millhone, President
American Checker Federation,
Belpre, Ohio


 Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Elbert Lowder

shr wrote:


This is a great loss for checkers fraternity and we never fill this gap...

May the gap that he leaves here be a worthy gain for the line of the greatest players of eternity.

I am personally sad that I never met this player which original and creative games stand for themselves as a worthy lifetime achievement.

Mein tiefstes Beileid an alle, die persönlich mit Ihm verbunden waren.

Ingo Zachos, 
Dortmund, Germany


Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:51 pm    Post subject: Elbert Lowder

This is a time which I am proud to say I got to meet this man. He had a kind heart and was a fine player. His games and the person he was will never be forgotten.

Kim Willis,
Eldon, MO


Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:13 pm    Post subject: Elbert Lowder

A sad occasion, indeed. Elbert was one of the characters of the game.
I met him during the 3rd GB V
USA match, in Bournemouth in 1973 and later in Dublin in 1979 during his match v Derek Oldbury.
On behalf of the Irish Draughts Association may I offer condolences to his relatives and friends.

Liam Stephens - Editor IDA Newsletter,
Ireland


Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Elbert Lowder

"We can all be very thankful for the many wonderful memories that Elbert has left with us, both on and off the checkerboard. "The Dixie King" has moved on to his "Kings Row" leaving behind memories that will live on with us forever". Ms. Becky
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Take care and God Bless. Ms.
Becky,
Dubuque, Iowa

Ms. Becky--Visit with "Inky" at: http://www.broenink-art.nl/maukie2.swf


Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 2:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Elbert Lowder

Prayers to his loved ones.  A great loss.  "I just like to play checkers" ~ Lowder.

Patrick Parker, West Monroe, Louisiana


Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Elbert Lowder's Death

My thoughts and prayers are with Elbert's family and close friends. I met Elbert in 1973 during the international match at Bournemouth, England, and several times over the next twenty years. He will be sorely missed.

Lindus Edwards, Wales, UK


Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Elbert Lowder's Death

Just to set the record straight, Elbert was at Liberty Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center located at 310 Commerce Drive off of Hwy. 87 in the southern part of Sanford. The time of his death was 2:30 AM on Dec. 14, 2006. Memorial Service for Elbert will not be until January. The last time that I saw Elbert was about 12 hours prior to his death, and I knew when I saw him then that he was not going to be around very long.

Thank you for all of your prayers.
Tim Laverty,
Sanford, NC


Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 1:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Elbert Lowder's Death

I want to express my sympathy. I never meet him but yet I did enjoy his aggressive and unusual style of play. He will live on in the hearts of the players and as well in the various books and publications he is a part of.
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Just the all of us together can improve checkers!

Dennis Pawlek, Germany


Posted: Sun Dec 15, 2006 1:23 pm    ACF Forum – December News

Sad news -- Checker legend Elbert Lowder passed away on December 14th. More news and thoughts in ACF forum.
Richard Beckwith, ACF Player Rep.
Willoughby, OH


 Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 5:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Elbert Lowder's Death

Our commiserations to all concerned in the life and death of the great Master Elbert Lowder.

To his good friend and companion
Tim Laverty we offer our deepest sympathy from all at the NWDF Ireland......God Bless!!

Tommy Canning, Ireland
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Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 5:06 am    Post subject: Lowder's Great Style

When I first started studying the game of checkers I noticed that Mr. Lowder played an unusual style of checkers. I liked this idea and so I copied it. I have told many that he is the reason I like to play so many odd lines. He was a true Grandmaster and an awesome innovator. I will miss him and I am proud to have played him. I am also proud to say I continue to try and play more like him every day.

Michael Holmes, Fort Knox, KY


Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 10:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Elbert Lowder's Death

I met him once, in Sanford at the first tournament I ever played in. The year was 1975 or so. I never played him, but since that tournament I have gone over many of his games. I too am saddened by his death. It is a great loss for the game.

Pedro Saavedra, Kensington, MD


Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 5:44 pm    Post subject: Personal family message from Mr. Lowder's Niece:

This morning I received an email from one of Mr. Lowder's Nieces and I told her I would post her letter on our forum:

Good morning:

I am Elbert's niece. Uncle Elbert had a lot of nieces and nephews and we were proud of him. I received a link to your site from my cousin and was amazed at the notes posted on how much he was admired and is missed. I would like you to post the following to your site, which brought me great comfort, to let your members know how much this meant to us as Uncle Elbert's family.

Thank you for your kind words about our Uncle Elbert. We grew up watching him play checkers and have many fond memories of his playing. He was our Uncle, so it was hard for us to realize how important he was to the game, as he would sit and play children's checkers with us , letting us win ! Thank you for letting us know what he meant to each of you and the game he loved. We will miss him.

Sincerely:
Saundra Chambers,
Chicago, Illinois 


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Posted by:
Alan Millhone, President
American Checker Federation,
Belpre, Ohio


Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 4:46 am   Post subject: My games with Elbert Lowder.

For the upcoming Jim Loy book about Elbert Lowder I had done research of all my games I played against Elbert since 1997 GA State (June 6-8 ) in Calhoun until 2005 NC State in Greensboro (May 12-14).

We played in two World Championships in 2002 - 3 moves and 11 man ballot, 4 National - 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 16 State events.

This generated in total 135 games.

Overall score with matches: 41-17-77

Score w/o matches: 23-11-52

Elbert was very active at the end of 1990's - beginning 2000's and we met many times. In the past 4 years there were only few games beside National 2004.

Respectfully,

Alex Moiseyev,
Dublin, OH


Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:12 pm    Post subject: Re: My games with Elbert Lowder.

have you lost more games to anyone else?

Patrick Parker, West Monroe, Louisiana


Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 9:59 pm    Post subject: Re: My games with Elbert Lowder.

Patrick Parker wrote:
have you lost more games to anyone else?



No ! Ron King is close, but not quite ! I lost him 2 games in 1996 Nat'l (my 2nd ty).

Other 8 losses came from matches: 3 in GAYP WCM 2000 (drawn match 3-3-18 ), 2 losses from 2003 3-move WCM (I won 8-2-25), and 3 losses in 2005 3-move WCM (I won 8-3-25). Obviously Lowder is ahead with number of winning games Very Happy

His style generated more winning chnces for both sides.

In other hands - Ron King didn't lose as many ... so far.

Alex,
Dublin, OH

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My total score with Ron King in matches and tournaments (both, 3-moves and GAYP): 22-10-91, in total - 123 games
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There is always something around the corner in game of draughts !

I read book "SIXTH" and "NT 2006 Selected Games and Positions" every day !


Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 7:23 pm    Post subject: "Ed Bruch Remembers Elbert Lowder"

I first met Elbert in 1956 at Bethlehem, Pa. Nat.Ty.. Always remember him with the chew tobacco and spittoon in his early days. He was a gentlemen, a good sport--he never used any underhanded means. We were tough competitors, but still friends. Elbert never won The 3-Move NT, but in 1992 at Hot Springs, Ark. all he needed was a draw heat w/Ron King in 8th Rd. It was 3 on 3 position, 2 singles and a king a piece. Elbert said agreed draw, Ron lets play. Position was a draw. They proceeded and Ron sprung a trap and Lowder lost. He (Lowder) smashed all the checkers off the table. I was playing Cravens in next room, but Herschell Smith came in to tell us about it, That was a heart breaker...  Best, Ed Bruch, East Amherst, NY


Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 11:10 pm    Post subject: Memorial Service For Mr. Elbert Lowder

Alan Millhone Belpre, Ohio
Site Admin

Dear Mr. Millhone:

Please post this message on your website. I am another niece of Elbert Lowder. He had eleven brothers and sisters. The only two remaining are my mother, Ramelle (Lowder) McDonald, age 83, and Louise (Lowder) Cranford, age 80. They would like to invite the checker community to a memorial service for Elbert on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at First Street United Methodist Church in Albemarle, North Carolina. Elbert was a life long member of this church. We hope that some of you can make it to the service, it would mean a lot to his sisters.  I would also like to join my cousin Sandy in thanking everyone for all their thoughts and prayers for the family in the loss of our Uncle Elbert. He was truly a special person and we were all very proud of him.
 

Thank you,

Myra Gonino,
Washington, Michigan
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Posted as sent to me by email today.

Sincerely:
Alan Millhone, President
American Checker Federation
Belpre, Ohio



Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 1:51 pm     Post subject: Elbert Lowder's Condition

Dear Checker Players we have sad news concerning Elbert Lowder. He is on 3rd floor, ICU at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford. He was hospitalized Sunday, October 29, 2006 by a hear attack. His condition is serious. Our Love, and Prayers are with Elbert for his recovery and restoration. NCCA sent a vase of cut flowers and card. Tim Laverty his business partner, has the latest information 919-776-5910

http://www.nccheckers.org/NCCA/Elbert%20Lowder%20Hospital.htm
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A Checker Friend, JR Smith, Greensboro, North Carolina


Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Elbert Lowder's Condition

JR Smith wrote:
Elbert Lowder.


Checkers legend. I wish Elbert to be recovered this time again, as he did many times in the past in his games !

Alex,
Dublin, OH
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There is always something around the corner in game of draughts !

I read book "SIXTH" and "NT 2006 Selected Games and Positions" every day !


Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 6:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Elbert Lowder's Condition

Lowder fans... Cheers for him, Get well soon!

Patrick Parker, West Monroe, Louisiana
 


Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 1:46 am    Post subject: Everyone is a fan of Elbert Lowder

Everyone probably knows that Elbert is a piano tuner. A couple of years ago, I made up this Elbert Lowder joke/motto:

When I'm not playing checkers, I'll tune your piano.
When I am playing checkers, I'll clean your clock.

Jim Loy, Bozeman, Montana


Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 7:42 am   Post subject: Re: Elbert Lowder's Condition

I was upset to read that Elbert Lowder had suffered a heart attack. I met this great player several times and was always astonished by his amazing ability. He will be very much in my thoughts and prayers.

Lindus Edwards, Wales, United Kingdom


Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:33 pm  Post subject: ELBERT LOWDER'S HEALTH STATUS
by Tim Laverty on ACF Forum General Discussion

Dear Checker Fraternity,

I just wanted to inform you that the actual timing of the initial onset of the myocardial infarction that Elbert Lowder experienced probably occurred on Thursday Oct. 26. He was complaining then that he could not get his blood sugar down and that he felt like he needed to throw up. He threw up and said that he felt better after that. He is right near the top of the chart concerning the seriousness of the attack.  Elbert had congestive heart failure today, Nov.2, 2006. Of course this was an added setback to his recovery. I will try to keep you updated as to Elbert's progress or failure as the information becomes available.

Sincerely,
Tim Laverty, Sanford, NC


Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 4:58 pm    Post subject: Re: ELBERT LOWDER'S HEALTH STATUS

Hi Tim.............We here in NWDF Ireland are sorry to hear of Elbert's condition. We sincerely hope he will recover. Give him our regards. God Bless.

Tommy Canning,
Ireland
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Don’t let the person you are stop you from being the person you wanna be!!.


Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 1:34 am    Post subject: Re: ELBERT LOWDER'S HEALTH STATUS

any updates ?
Alex, Dublin, OH


Posted: Tue Nov 9, 2006 4:25PM    email from: jbulstra@bellsouth.net

please keep us informed about Elbert's condition...  he is one of us...
 
Thanks JR!

Jan Bulstra, Cornelius, NC


Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:37PM    email from: jbulstra@bellsouth.net

well, that sounds not to bad .. at least he is out of the ICU..
 
Thanks JR!

Jan Bulstra, Cornelius, NC


Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:13 am    Post subject: Re: Elbert Lowder's Condition

I have been working on a book of Elbert Lowder's greatest games for over a year now. It will take a while longer, maybe another year, as I have to study about 2000 games in some detail just to decide which ones are brilliant and which ones were played by an impostor (just kidding there). I've got 59 games chosen and briefly annotated, so far. I will annotate them in greater detail later. I thought you folks might enjoy seeing one of them:

10-14 24-19 11-16 22-17 7-10 (14-18 draw PP) 17-13 3-7 25-22 14-17 21-14 9-25 29-22 10-14 (8-11 draw PP) 28-24 16-20 32-28 8-11 19-16 12-19 24-8 4-11 23-19 7-10 19-16 14-17 16-7 2-11 27-23 (22-18 10-15 18-14 15-18 26-23 11-16 13-6 probably draws) 10-15? (5-9 23-19 11-15 19-16 seems to draw) 23-18!! (I assume that Rolader thought he was winning after this, while Lowder probably saw the following play, right down to Red's resignation) 17-21 18-14 15-19 22-18 11-16 31-27 6-9 13-6 1-17 18-14 WW!, E. Rolader - E. Lowder, 1977 Southern Open

Jim Loy, Bozeman, Montana


Sat Dec 16, 2006 7:15 PM    email from: jrsmith2@triad.rr.com

Thanks for the reply and I will forward your kindness and thought to others.... JR
----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Murr
To: JR
Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2006 3:34 PM
Subject: Re: Elbert Lowder

Hi Jr,
I was greatly saddened to read this about Elbert Lowder, he has been in my prayers for the last month.  I will miss him dearly.

Thank you,
Bob Murr, Colorado Springs, CO


Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2006 3:25 PM    email from: murr.robert@gmail.com

Hi JR,
Thank you so much for the story about Elbert Lowder, I will certainly miss seeing Elbert when I go to the National ty.  I first met him in 1968 in Medora, ND at the first National tournament that I ever attended.  He was a great Checker player and the game will never be the same without Elbert Lowder. 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Thank you,
Bob Murr, Colorado Springs, CO


Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 12:45PM    email from: frank87spa@comcast.net

Dear JR,

Here's hoping your friend, Elbert Lowder, recovers soon and thoroughly. 

Four spinal surgeries, none of them very successful, leave me quite incapacitated in the travel end of it-- not, thank God, in the checker-playing itself.  So I will not be able to make it.

 
But I want you to know this about your invitation:  It is one of the most kindly and persuasive I have ever received at any time from anyone.

A man like you must have a great many friends and much pride in what you're doing--

all very, very deserved. 

Please keep me on your list.  I'm only half a year older than Elby Lowder, and hope I can make it down another time.

 
Best of days to you.
 
Freeman Frank, Director
District 1, New England
American Checker Federation, Malden, MA

Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:00PM    email from: jimloy@jimloy.com

Thank you.  I am working on a book about Elbert Lowder.  It may take a
year or more to write.  Here is a game that I have been working on, today:

10-14 24-19 11-16 22-17 7-10 (14-18 draw PP) 17-13 3-7 25-22 14-17 21-14
9-25 29-22 10-14 (8-11 draw PP) 28-24 16-20 32-28 8-11 19-16 12-19 24-8
4-11 23-19 7-10 19-16 14-17 16-7 2-11 27-23 (22-18 10-15 18-14 15-18
26-23 11-16 13-6 probably draws) 10-15? (5-9 23-19 11-15 19-16 seems to
draw) 23-18!! (I assume that Rolader thought he was winning after this,
while Lowder probably saw the following play, right down to Red's
resignation) 17-21 18-14 15-19 22-18 11-16 31-27 6-9 13-6 1-17 18-14
WW!, E. Rolader - E. Lowder, 1977 Southern Open


Jim Loy, Bozeman, Montana


Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 4:00PM    email from: mbanks36@hotmail.com

Hello JR,

Sad news about Elbert.  I am including him in my prayers.  Let me know how
his condition changes.

All the best,
Mac, Las Vegas, NV


Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 6:34PM    email from: patrickhasfun@gmail.com

Keep us posted jr ....Thanks for telling us
I really like Elbert I hope he gets well

Patrick Parker, West Monroe, Louisiana


Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:104PM    email from: murr.robert@gmail.com

Thank you for letting me know about Elbert.  He will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob Murr, Colorado Springs, CO


Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:18PM    email from: CGOOCH@nc.rr.com

Thanks JR,
 
Read a lot about Mr. Lowder and the many checkers matches that he participated.  If I am not mistaken, he once held the world championship or was it he played for the championship on several occasion?  Anyway, he was one of the stronger more noted players of the game. On an occasion, I talked to him by telephone many years ago about traveling to Sanford to play a game of "Pool Checkers" in hope of learning.  While talking to him, we discussed playing on the internet and the ability of his business partner, Tim Laverty.  Once, I traveled to Danville, Va. where I met Tim in person. Also, while I was there I watch him play a few games.  If you talk to any of Mr. Lowder's family please extend my condolences.  BTW, "Shotgun" is the nickname that I chose for VOG and I continue using it in the checkers arena. :):)
 
Clarence "Shotgun" Gooche, American Pool Checkers - Site Administrator, Durham, NC

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