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Jesse Frank Tow – August 27, 2017

Jesse Frank Tow, 85, of Amarillo went Home to be with the Lord Sunday evening, August 27, 2017, with his wife of 66 years by his side.  He fought a 16-year stand-off with cancer, but was hospitalized this month with complications, including the onset of myasthenia gravis.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Paramount Baptist Church with Lance Herrington officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Frank married Betty Brown Tow in 1951. He was drafted and stationed in Norfolk VA during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, Frank and Betty lived and worked in Lubbock and Albuquerque before returning to settle in Amarillo in 1963. His two older brothers put him to work as a mechanic, and he began a 31-year career at Tow Brothers Equipment Co. He played bridge with friends on Fridays and Saturdays, or took Betty and his sons camping near every trout stream or hideaway within a weekend’s drive of Amarillo.
Growing up outside Canyon, Frank was schooled at the original West Texas Teachers’ College. His greatest spiritual teacher, everyone knew, was his grandmother Catherine “Little Ma” Clayton, with whom he is now reunited. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at the age of 12.
Gradually, his boyhood passion for roaming the pastures searching for arrowheads evolved into enthusiasm for walking fairways in search of golf balls.   He was preceded in death by his parents, and six siblings. Surviving brother and sisters are I. J. Tow (wife Ann), Sybil Woods and Shirley Moore, all of Amarillo; Mary Hancock (husband Happy) of Eustace, and Rebecca Asbury (husband Phil) of Wilcox AZ.
Frank and Betty enjoyed an active retirement across two decades, touring the country in their RV and making annual extended stays in Pendaries NM and the Fredricksburg area. He was an accomplished woodcarver and a deacon at Paramount Baptist Church. His regular golfing foursome included Billy Fred Maddox, Rick Wrestley and Don Elms.
He is survived by his dear wife and two sons: Doug Tow (wife Laura) of Lubbock, and Scott Tow (wife Marcy) of Sachse. He was forever proud of four grandchildren: Jesse Tow of Nashville TN, Hayley Tow of Lewisville, Jeremy Tow of Lubbock, and Hogan Tow (wife Shellye) of Josephine.  Recently, God brought four great-grandchildren Zoye, Tori, Logan and Etta. Frank touched the lives of many, many nephews, nieces and cousins – each deeply and dearly loved.
Everyone who knew him recognized Frank above all as an Advocate for Christ, a shepherd for his family, and a salesman for golf. He often gave away sets of clubs, recruiting friends and family to the game he loved.
He played his last round July 19, when he “shot his age” one final time.


  • PW Posted August 30, 2017 8:55 am

    Expressing my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. May Jehovah God and his son Jesus Christ comfort and console you during this difficult time. God’s word promises at Acts 24:15 the hope of being reunited with your loved one again here on earth. You can have complete confidence in this promise because of the resurrections of Lazarus and others that Jesus brought back to life here on earth and also, because God cannot lie.

  • Candy and David Norris Posted August 30, 2017 10:09 am

    Betty and sons my heart goes out to you at this time. I will cherish the privilege I had in getting to know Frank. I know you will miss him and the transition for you will be difficult Betty but know you are loved and you have friends ready willing and wanting to help. Peace to you and your family my friend.

  • Bob Green Posted August 30, 2017 10:16 am

    Bob and Pat Green
    “Rest Well My Friend”
    You will be dearly missed.

  • Betty Tiffin Posted August 30, 2017 10:58 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. We loved our times together.

  • Jeff Frazer Posted August 30, 2017 3:49 pm

    Mrs. Tow, Scott, Doug, And Tow Family,
    Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. Scott, I have seen you play golf a few times to know that your Dad “sold” you on the game., and you are keeping that tradition alive! Mrs. Tow, please know I will be thinking about you this week.
    May the Lord give you strength and fill you with wonderful memories of Mr. Tow.
    In Sympathy,

  • Dana Moore Chiodo Posted August 30, 2017 5:24 pm

    Dearest Betty, Doug and Scott,
    I’m sorry for your loss. But I am thankful for my wonderful memories of Frank and your special family. Hugs, Dana

  • Dr. Matos and Liz Posted August 31, 2017 8:46 am

    Our condolences to you and your family. You are all in our prayers.
    Dr. Matos and Liz

  • Marcie Grabber Posted August 31, 2017 10:41 am

    My synpathies are with you. Gods blessings be with you.

  • Susan Coleman Posted August 31, 2017 11:19 am

    Dear sweet Betty,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God’s strength, love and grace is always sufficient during these times. Rest in them. Call on them. He is our closest friend at all times.
    I love you. Susan

  • Jimmy and JANE Cowan Posted August 31, 2017 3:03 pm

    Memories of love and friendship are treasure to carry with you always.OUR thoughts our PRAYERS ARE with you and yours ;

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