His career would see him pastor Cascade United Methodist Church and deliver the benediction at the 2009 inauguration of the country’s first black president, Barack Obama.
The King Center is among the many prominent voices and institutions grieving the loss.
The Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights celebrated his 98th birthday with an October party at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta.
"He is getting sentimental in his 98th year," Cheryl Lowery, said at the time. "He wants to spend time and love on the people who have meant so much to the movement and to him and he wants an opportunity for the people of the community of faith and social justice to come together."
Photos and story: Horse-drawn carriage bears the Rev. Joseph Lowery to Westview Cemetery