Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe gets roasted by friends and family

chwilliams@ledger-enquirer.comApril 18, 2014 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe, right, walks into the ballroom at the new Idle Hour Park Community Center with former University of Alabama college roommate Jeremiah Castille, left, and District 80 Rep. Lesley Vance. Miss Phenix City Hayley Barber hosted a roast Thursday for Mayor Lowe to raise money for Childrens Miracle Network. 04.17.14

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A former coach, teammate, lifelong friend and brother took turns "roasting" Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe Thursday night in the inaugural event in the Idle Hour Community Center.

One by one those who know Lowe best took shots at him to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. More than $10,000 was raised as part of the Miss Alabama fundraising project for Miss Phenix City Hayley Barber.

James Lowe, president of Bishop State College in Mobile, Ala.,, made fun of his younger brother's high school hairstyle and his love of the old Bill Cosby Saturday morning cartoon "Fat Albert." He also gave away a childhood nickname.

"We used to call him Pepper," James Lowe said. "Sometimes we would even call him Pepperhead."

That prompted Phenix City Councilmember Chris Blackshear, the master of ceremonies, to look at the mayor's graying hair and say, "Now it is just salt and pepper."

Former high school and University of Alabama football teammate Jeremiah Castille joked about his old college roommate. The two played for legendary University of Alabama Coach Bear Bryant.

"We called him the Tasmanian Devil," Castille said. "Coach Bryant used to hold him out of practice because he was hurting all of our players."

Castille even told stories of Lowe crying because he couldn't practice.

"The whole time I was just wishing I wouldn't have to practice," Castille said.

More than 200 people attended the event that was full of short jokes about Lowe, who is well under 6-feet tall.

"God had to make you 5-foot-7," Castille said. "You would have been outlawed at 6-foot tall."

Before old friend Abraham Williams got up to speak, Lowe warned everyone it was all lies.

As mayor, Lowe is constantly reminding people during council meetings that the government will be transparent.

"He always talks about things being transparent and always has," Williams said. "He walks around the house naked telling Deborah he's transparent."

But it wasn't all jokes. Former Central High football coach Wayne Trawick had high praise for his former player.

"I don't know a better family in Phenix City than the Lowe family," Trawick said. "And I don't know a better person to lead our city than Mayor Eddie Lowe."

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