In Loving

Claude Percy Stowers Jr.

September 3, 1941 – July 23, 2023

Claude P. “Sonny” Stowers, Jr., 81, of Glen Allen, VA passed away Sunday, July 23, 2023, in Bon Secours Community Hospice House. A native of Gadsden, AL, he lived in Glen Allen for over 39 years.

At the young age of 17, he enlisted and served in the US Navy as a Quartermaster on the destroyer USS Bordelon during the Vietnam War era. Upon completing his service and returning home to Gadsden he played semi-professional football as a center for the Alabama Vikings. He also worked at Republic Steel until laid off in 1964. At age 23 he then moved to Charlotte, NC to co-own a bar, Sonny’s, with his father. The bar was sold several years later, and he worked in sales for Campbells Soup, Hormel, and Kimberly-Clark. He subsequently moved to Richmond, VA, where he obtained his teaching degree from VCU, graduating magna cum laude. He met and married his wife Page during this time. Sonny later earned his master’s degree in education at VCU and taught American History at Benjamin Graves Middle School in Richmond. He became a vice principal of Hamilton Homes Elementary School in King William County, where he spent much of his time working with children from the nearby Pamunkey Indian Reservation.

Sonny was a multi-faceted man with varied interests. When he left education in 1985 to pursue other opportunities, he used his accumulated sales experience to work for Horace Mann Insurance for several years. He settled into insurance sales, later establishing his own company, Stowers and Associates. Continuing his love of sports, he was the coach of the Bamboo Café Softball Team for several years. He led the team to championship victories in the Fan District Softball League 1976-1978. After he joined the Dominion Club as a founding member in 1998, he became an avid golfer, participating as part of his Wexford neighborhood golf team, which achieved several neighborhood championships in 2004, 2005, and 2006. He was a hunter, serving in Ducks Unlimited for many years to help raise funds for waterfowl conservation, and was the national chairman of the USS Bordelon Reunion Group for 7 years. He had a great interest in researching his ancestral roots and traced one particular branch of his family from their start in Virginia to their connections in his hometown Gadsden. He loved his home state of Alabama and was an ultimate lifelong fan of University of Alabama football, having a room in his house dedicated to his beloved team. He was known for his ability to meet strangers everywhere, retaining an amazing recall of a person’s appearance, family, and career aspirations. He turned many of those encounters into lifelong fun and interesting friendships.

He was preceded in death by his father, Claude Stowers Sr., and his mother, Audra Stowers Odom.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Page Brooks Stowers; daughter Ashley Stowers Morris and son-in-law Billy Morris; son Jacob Lee Stowers and daughter-in-law Tori Canella Stowers; grandchildren, Mackenzie Morris, Hunter Morris, Maisy Stowers, and Brooke Stowers; and stepbrothers Dan Odom (Lisa) and Michael Stowers (Bonita). In addition, his adopted and beloved cats, Nicky and Julie will greatly miss their special friend. After previously living with Labrador retrievers for 15 years, it took a while for Sonny to develop a friendship with those cats.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10 am on Friday, July 28 at Mount Vernon Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel in Glen Allen, VA, located at 11220 Nuckols Road. A memorial service with military honors will follow at 10 a.m. in the Mausoleum Chapel. Private interment will follow in the Veterans Memorial Garden.

Sonny’s family thanks Suncrest Hospice for their timely and supportive assistance during Sonny’s last days. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Bon Secours Community Hospice House via the Donation link on their website or by clicking here. We deeply appreciate the invaluable kindness and guidance they provided to assist Sonny and support his family on his new journey.

Memorial Service


Mount Vernon Memorial Park

Mausoleum Chapel


Friday, July 28, 2023


10:00 AM

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  1. Wanda and Jeff Curley and Marjorie Morris July 25, 2023 at 10:20 am - Reply

    We are thinking of each one of you and sending love and prayers . What an amazing life Sonny led , and I know his legacy will live on in each of your hearts. May God hold all of you close during these difficult days.

    • Gary Hewitt July 26, 2023 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      Page & family, my deepest condolences for your loss of one of the finest individuals that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Sonny made the sunshine brighter everyday. We met back during the early 70’s while in college at VCU. We became roommates & lived in a townhouse that I had. Soon, we took in 2 more roommates; incidentally, named “Sonny”! We had some wild & crazy times together while studying @ VCU. Especially, the time in which your Sonny wanted to fly down to New Orleans for celebration (surely he told you about that story). Anyway, I had been an air traffic controller @ Byrd airport & had a light airplane that would only accommodate 4 people in which Sonny wanted to take 2 friends (Rick & Doc). Sonny turned out to be one of the best co-pilots I’ve ever had; because, unfortunately we ran into extremely rough weather. However, we managed to have a great time because of Sonny’s personality made the trip exciting & fun. When I was transferred to DCA airport in the mid-70’s, we lost touch with each other until recently. Please know that you & family have my most sincere condolences for this loss of such an outstanding person. Gary Hewitt, [email protected].

  2. Armando Garcia & Gene Hines July 25, 2023 at 11:56 am - Reply

    We will be thinking about you, Page, and of your children and grandchildren during this difficult time. We wish we could attend the service on Friday, but we will be driving home that morning from Bristol and will not be back in time.

  3. Zoe Allen July 25, 2023 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Praise God … We miss you dearly Sonny… Rest in peace my friend. You ran a good race… Peace be with you Paige & your family…!!! God bless us all….

  4. Donald Almstead BT-2 July 25, 2023 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Thank you sonny for all your hard work for our Bordelon family you will surly be missed RIP ole salt

  5. Cathy Lynch July 25, 2023 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    We are thinking about you, Ashley, and your family during this time. What an amazing life your father led, and it sounds like he truly did great work and left his mark in many areas.! Blessings to all. And to Sonny, from another Bama fan, Roll Tide, Sir!

  6. James Sullivan July 25, 2023 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    A good man. Honored to have had him as a friend. RIP my USS Bordelon brother.

  7. James Sullivan July 25, 2023 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    My condolences to Page and the family on their loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  8. David Layne July 25, 2023 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Our deepest condolences to everyone who was fortunate to know him. May his memory be a blessing to each of you.

  9. Mary Menard July 25, 2023 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Deepest condolences to my teammate, Ashley, and her family on the loss of a wonderful man and family patriarch. The obituary was beautiful and captures the essence of a life so well lived. Peace and comfort to you and your family, Ashley, during this difficult time

  10. The Humphreys July 25, 2023 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry for your loss. We adored Sonny. Jon & I were new parents who were new to the cul-de-sac & having Sonny & Paige across the street brought so much comfort. The conversations were always so fun. We hated moving, because we could not see our wonderful neighbors & the kitties they had adopted! We are keeping Paige & the family in our thoughts & prayers!

  11. Troy Felder July 25, 2023 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    My condolences to my peer and colleague, Ashely, and her family for the loss of an amazing man and father. Mr. Stowers lived a life of service and sacrifice. Take comfort knowing that his legacy is established and will live on through those he has impacted and influenced. God Bless and Keep You all during this difficult time.

  12. Michael DeVolder BT 3 July 25, 2023 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    My wife Denise and I so sorry for the loss of Sonny. I always looked forward to seeing him at the reunions, he always made us laugh, he was a joy to be around. Condolences to Paige and his family.

  13. Cusimano Greg July 25, 2023 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Sonny and our friends played tackle football on an asphalt street Sonny lived on at the time in Gadsden, Al. Although I had not seen him in decades, when I did see him (about once a year the last several years) it was if no time had passed when we were friends as kids. Great guy, great personality and great Roll Tide fan! I am so sorry for the lost to his family and our loss as friends. My hope and prayers are that Sonny will live on in your memories as he will in mine.

  14. Raynald Louis Bordelon July 25, 2023 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Sonny, thank you for your Naval service aboard the USS Bordelon. Thanks also for including the Bordelon family in the USS Bordelon Crew Reunions of past.

  15. Phil Stollar July 25, 2023 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    DD 881 shipmate, supported the reunion group, will be missed, but always rembered

  16. Glynda Waters Faucett (cousin) July 25, 2023 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about Sonny Really enjoyed being with you both a couple of years Wished there had been more Sonny sure did accomplish a lot in his life

  17. Stephanie and Eric Pyburn July 26, 2023 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Thinking of you all during this difficult time, and hoping you find peace and comfort in the beautiful life Sonny led. Sending you our love and support!

  18. Ronald Cox July 27, 2023 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Page, I am sorry to hear that Sonny has passed. I was in High School with Sonny. Sonny was one fine man and we all who knew him have lost a good friend! I am praying that God will give you and your family comfort at this difficult time! Roll Tide Sunshine!

  19. G. Grove Snarr, III July 28, 2023 at 8:47 am - Reply

    What a beautiful man. Always friendly and enthusiastic. Made everyone feel like he was your friend. Miss seeing his smile. Peace to you Page and love to all your family ✨

  20. Jackie Maykranz Kraeutler July 28, 2023 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    I worked with Sonny at Benjamin Graves Middle School in the ‘70s. I was the school social worker and Sonny a teacher. He was great with those kids and they really liked him. He had expectations for them, but dosed with a sense of humor. A great guy! My heartfelt condolences.

  21. Richard Samoyedny HTCM(SW) RET July 31, 2023 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Fair winds and following seas shipmate Thank you for the life you lived and the lives you touched

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