Commissioner Lowery is a Wingate native. He and his wife Emily have lived in the town since 1979. He is a retired teacher and football coach from the Union County Public School system. He is currently an assistant football coach at Wingate University. John and Emily have one son (Josh) a daughter in law (Ashley) and three grandchildren (Kellen, Paxon, and Tabor). Josh currently serves as an Officer in the United States Navy.