Connie Fowler (1893-1950)

by Brandi Turner

Connie Fowler was born May 9, 1893, in Greenville, SC, to parents George Fowler and Anna Magby. He was the brother of Elliot Fowler Poole, Amanda Sherley, and Missouri Perry. Prior to his military service, Connie Fowler lived at 529 Nixon St, Norfolk, VA where he worked as a laborer at the National Oil Company. 

On June 21, 1918, Connie Fowler was drafted in the United States Army. He enlisted with a military occupation specialty in Field Artillery at the rank of Private. Shortly after, he left for basic training to join the Depot Brigade at Camp Jackson, South Carolina. There he trained for two months before he was deployed to Europe to help in the fight of WWI. Once in Europe, he first went into action on October 20, 1918, at the Western Front. During this time, he supplied ammunition for the company he was assigned to. According to the records, Connie Fowler enjoyed his time in the military and thought his time overseas helped him grow closer to God. In February 1919, just after the war, Connie Fowler was transferred back to the United States to New York City.

After being released from the military on March 6, 1919, he went back to work as a laborer in Virginia. Several months after his return from war, Connie Fowler married Marie Cherry on July 23, 1919, in Washington, Beaufort, North Carolina. They had one daughter together, named Oleithia Terie Fowler on February 23, 1920. Records indicate at some point Marie Cherry passed away leaving Connie Fowler as a widower. In November 1937, Connie Fowler remarried to Blanche Virginia Miller Whitehurst in Newport News, Virginia. Blanche had five children prior to their marriage, Elise Smith, and Fannie, David, Anthony, William Whitehurst. The couple also had two children of their own, Georgia Bailey and Arlethia Green. Connie Fowler resided in Atlantic City prior to his death on August 16, 1950. After his passing he was buried at the Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Mays Landing, Atlantic, New Jersey.


SUFFOLK NEWS…: Suffolk Girl Marries North Carolina Veteran

New Journal and Guide (1916-); Norfolk, Va. [Norfolk, Va]. 02 Sep 1950: D13.

Family Search

“North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979”, database, FamilySearch ( : 14 February 2020), Connie Fowler, 1919.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch ( : 4 June 2020), Connie Fowler, 1950; Burial, , ; citing record ID , Find a Grave,

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch ( : 4 June 2020), Connie Fowler, 1950; Burial, , ; citing record ID , Find a Grave,

“Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 20 February 2021), George Fowler in entry for Connie Fowler and Blanche Virginia Miller Whitehurst, 01 Jan 1939; from “Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850,” database and images, Ancestry ( : 2012); citing Norfolk, , Virginia, United States, certificate 30063, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch ( : 4 June 2020), Connie Fowler, 1950; Burial, , ; citing record ID , Find a Grave

“North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 ,” database with images, FamilySearch( : 21 July 2021), Connie Fowler and Marie Cherry, 23 Jul 1919; citing Washington, Beaufort, North Carolina, United States, p. , North Carolina State Archives Division of Archives and History; FHL microfilm .

“North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922”, database, FamilySearch ( : 27 August 2020), Connie Fowler in entry for Olethia Terie Fowler, 1920.


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