William Bennett ‘Bill’ Fowler, 73, Navy veteran who retired after 25 years’ service

William Bennett 'Bill' Fowler
William Bennett ‘Bill’ Fowler

William Bennett “Bill” Fowler, 73, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, with his loving family by his side. He was born April 21, 1945, to the late Margaret L. and James G. Fowler in Centreville, Alabama.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Bonnie B. Fowler; daughter, Joanna Brazle, and her husband, Edward; son, David Fowler, and wife, Kelly; grandchildren, Nathan Brazle, Tessa Fowler and Sophie Fowler; sister, Margaret Rukvina; nieces, Cathy Markley and Tammy Orloff; and great nieces and nephews.

In 1962, at 17, he joined the U.S. Navy, became an aviation ordnanceman and served on five aircraft carriers. He served in the Vietnam War. In 1970, he was temporarily assigned as a U.S. air marshal on international flights, to prevent then prevalent hijackings to Cuba. After over eight years in the Navy, he was promoted to chief, and shortly thereafter, to warrant officer. In 1981, he joined the ship’s company of the USS Carl Vinson under construction, making him a plankowner. He retired as a CWO4 after 25 years’ service. He immediately began a second career as production manager at American Systems Engineering Corporation (AmSec), which lasted another 27 years.

He was a kind, generous, gentle man who loved and valued his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, 4489 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, at the funeral home.

Share online condolences with the family at Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville.

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