Harry & Bryant Company

500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC


Catherine Conner Stowe

July 1, 1944October 23, 2019

Catherine Conner Stowe passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Kay was born in Pinehurst, NC, on July 1, 1944. She was the daughter of the late Leslie Eugene Conner and Catherine Buckner Conner. Following graduation from Hamlet High School, Kay attended Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, where she earned a degree in English and Education. She taught high school English for several years. In every community she lived in, she was a committed volunteer for church and other civic organizations.

Kay fiercely loved her family. She married her high school sweetheart, Joe, in 1966, and raised three loving sons. Kay was never one to mince words, and always loved and cared for her friends with passion.

Kay is survived by her husband of fifty-three years, Joe Stowe, Jr., of Matthews, NC; sons, Jay (Elaine) of Chattanooga, TN; Jim (Kristin) of Matthews, NC; and Graham (Jen) of Buffalo, NY; four grandchildren, Emma of Danville, KY, Caroline of Matthews, NC and Hank and Sammy of Buffalo, NY; and sister-in-law, Myra Stowe Jackson of Burlington, NC.

She was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Lucy and Margaret Stowe.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, October 26, 2019, with reception to follow, at Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kay’s name to Crisis Assistance Ministries, 500-A Spratt Street, Charlotte, NC 28206, where she spent many years volunteering.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 26, 2019


Catherine Conner Stowe

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Wilbur Jackson

October 29, 2019

My memories of Joe and Kay go back a long way. Joe was/still is my brother-in-law. I was present at their wedding. They have been in my/our home many, many times.

What a courtship those two had. Kay might have dated some others while she was attending college, but Joe, as far as Iknow, never dated anyone else. Their bond was special -still is!

I remember a meaingful visit with them while they lived in Virginia. They took me on a river cruise one night. They were always thoughtful and kind. I am deeply sorry for Joe's loss, and my thoughts and prayers are with him and their sons. --Wilbur I. Jackson

Terry Rolan

October 27, 2019

Dear Joe and Family:
I am sorry to say that I have just learned of Kay’s passing , thanks to a message post on Facebook from Ava Richardson. I have been away from home for the last 2 weeks and out of internet access from Oct 22 to Oct. 25. Please know that I would have been there for you , if I had known sooner.
I tried to reach you back in July when Linda died in a tragic auto accident. But my contact information for you is out of date? It is ironic that we have both lost our wives so recently! Please let me know if I can do anything to help you. My home phone is 910-521-4505. If you call and I do not answer, please leave a message and I will call you back. We have a lot of good memories of our times together. I hope you can focus on all the good memories you and Kay have had , with all your many friends, to help you get through the days ahead!
You can also take comfort in knowing that this separation is only temporary. We will see her again some day and I look forward to that Great Reunion Day! I pray that God will bring peace and comfort to you and your family during the difficult days ahead.
Your friend always, Terry Rolan

Bob Forbes

October 25, 2019

I always appreciated Kay's kind and generous spirit whenever we happened to meet. Deepest sympathies to Joe, Jay, Jim, Graham and all the family.

Janine Boudreau

October 25, 2019

Kay was so kind and showed so much hospitality to our family when we first came to Charlotte and didn’t know a soul. She arranged a brunch to introduce us to her circle of friends. And I will always remember what a gracious hostess she was, opening her house for a Christmas party for the families of the people at CH2MHill. I am so sorry for the Stowe’s loss of a dear spouse, mother and grandmother.

Teresa York

October 24, 2019

Dear Joe, I just want to tell you that I am truly blessed for knowing you and Kay. I know how precious she was to you! I am grateful that God brought us together at Plantation Estates and if you need anything, please let me know. Kay was a sweet lady that I am grateful to have known. Love, Teresa

Dawn Royston -Cole

October 24, 2019

My twin brother Perky and I were born on July 11, 1944. Many years we shared the celebration with one of my best friends Kay...and my brothers best friend Joey. Kay's birthday was July 1st and Joey's birthday was July 6th. Our three mother's got together and we either all went to Boyd's Lake or Ledbetter's Lake where we swam and had a picnic. Little did we know when we were all growing up at that age together that Kay and Joey would marry and raise a wonderful family....but they both were the best and why not!!!
Also Kay and I embroidered a table scarf together one winter when we were about ten years old. I sewed one end and she sewed the other until we met in the middle. I really enjoyed doing that with her. I have many fond memories of growing up on our farm and playing with Kay and Joey there!

I know Kay is dancing with the angels and I look forward to spending eternity with her. May the Holy Spirit comfort each of you. God bless and keep you, especially Joey!!!