This past weekend we laid to rest one of the Lowe and McKinney family’s patriarchs—-who must and shall always be known—to all the family and friends—as our own “MADIBA” (the High Village Chief). Yes—-Lonnie Lowe was our own “Mandela”: when it came to life, love, and wisdom. He was not a gentleman and scholar—no….not MADIBA. Instead—-Uncle Lonnie was a “Rhodes Scholar” of life, love, loss, survival, wisdom, and pthe world! Our MADIBA had a smile that, literally, stopped you in your tracks. Because, it was his smile of approval (you were accepted). This meant you were on his good side, as well.. However, that snarky smirk of his—-meant keep your distance from his personal space: both physically and mentally! He had those instincts and vibes which made the rest of us feel as though we were, rank, amateurs at life and living. Beyond any shadow of doubt—our beloved uncle and patriarch earned the title of “Village Chief”…and then some! That said— it is no wonder that so many—from our home town village—-are still struggling from this loss. The pain and void in our hearts shall leave, the village, of his loved ones and friends, feeling as if they were “casualties of his war” from his battle and struggle with cancer—-the silent predator and beast, and carnivore of the living…real talk!

Ladies and gentlemen—- you can never know or hold loss—-only feel it. Let it be known…that the passing of our beloved MADIBA has changed the entire dynamic and dichotomy of the way we all will live out the rest of our lives, going forward. The village is, and shall become more empowered—than ever to live and love unconditionally.

Long time villagers and friends are now members of the family—- astranged and distant family members are coveted by the legacy Uncle Lonnie has left behind. We can thank the High Chief for that. Rather our villagers acknowledge the facts or not, Uncle Lonnie’s homecoming has strengthened his beloved family’s core and respect for one another—-more than ever! That is why we shall always refer to him, and the memory of Mr. Lonnie Lowe Sr as our village High Priest—-and of course—-“MADIBA” with mad love and great adulation!

Afterall—-I feel and know I was one of his favorite niece’s… I need that for my own peace of mind and Spirit. Which is why I say unto MADIBA…


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