Death of Charles Leslie “Dick” Stowers Jr.

Charles Leslie “Dick” Stowers Jr., 87, of St. Albans, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 at his home with his family by his side.

He was born Feb. 24, 1927 in Charleston, a son of Charles L. and Thelma E. Burgess Stowers. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Stowers Walton, and brothers, James F., Robert R. and Paul G. Stowers.

Dick was a retired captain for the Charleston Fire Department with 24 years and three months of service. He was a former salesman for Peerless Block & Brick and Rhodes Brick & Block. He served his country in World War II with the Merchant Marines from 1944 to 1946.

He was a member of IAFF No. 317, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Albans, member and Past Master of Washington Masonic Lodge No. 58 AF & AM, St. Albans, Past District Deputy Grand Master in 2002, Past Junior Grand Deacon in 2005, Grand Representative of Georgia in West Virginia, 32nd degree Mason-Scottish Rite, KCCH, York Rite/Kanawha Commandry/Knights Templar, Beni Kedem Shriner, St. Albans Order of the Eastern Star No. 79, American Legion No. 73 and Nitro Moose Lodge No. 565.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Lou Ingram Stowers; daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie Ann and Art Lambert of Washington, W.Va., and Judy and Keith Hardin of Culloden; grandchildren, Dianna Waugh, Carey, Ben and Nathan Hardin, Traci Lambert Bubalo and husband, Steve, of Westfield, Ind., and Tricia Lambert Field and husband, Robert, of Noblesville, Ind.; and great-grandchildren, Nora Jane Waugh, Sam Lambert, Danny, Kevin and Michael Bubalo, Alex “A.J.,” Katie, Amelia and Hallie Field. Also surviving is one sibling, Sandra Sue Samples.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 815 Kanawha Terrace, St. Albans, with the Rev. Kenny Coon, Art Lambert (son-in-law) and the Rev. Loretta Isaiah officiating. Interment will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, where Masonic rites will be conducted by Washington Lodge No. 58 AF & AM and military honors conducted by St. Albans American Legion No. 73.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Beni Kedem Shriners Hospital for Children, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502-1204.

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Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned, located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the Stowers family.