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Shellie Fountain Bowers, Jr., 55, passed away December 4, 2018, at his home in Washington, DC. He was born January 19, 1963 in Washington, DC, the first son to the late Shellie Fountain Bowers, Sr. and Florence Shyne Bowers. Nurtured in his Christian faith at People's Congregational Church, those who knew Shellie felt his spirit of kindness each day.
Shellie had a deep love for his alma maters, Woodrow Wilson Senior High and the University of the District of Columbia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media. He began his college studies at Grambling State University. He bled black and gold for his beloved "GramFam" and was an annual fixture at the Bayou Classic.
He was blessed to combine his multiple passions into one fulfilled life. His love for music paved the path for a 30-year career in radio and broadcasting at KGRM, KRUS, Voice of America and Radio One. He explored his love of sports early in his career by launching Shel Shocked Productions, broadcasting local high school sports. With a voice recognized by people from Louisiana to the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV), he ran his own Public Address business, serving as the announcer at a range of sporting events at universities and high schools across the DMV. One of his career highlights was announcing some of the Washington Wizards games. Shellie's greatest passion was fulfilled pouring into the students he taught, coached and mentored at Wilson Senior High School, Kramer Middle School, Ballou High School and School Without Walls during his career in the DC Public Schools. A highlight of his career was helping to launch the "Tiger Radio" station and broadcast program at Wilson.
A lover of all DMV sports, Shellie was a baseball and soccer fanatic. He was a proud DC United season ticket holder, and a regular at Washington Nationals games. You could also catch him exploring his love of comedy at open mic nights across the DMV.
To know Shellie was to love Shellie.
Shellie is survived by his daughter, Brittney Nicole Wilson of Oakdale, LA, brother, David Charles Bowers of Washington, DC and a host of other loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and loved ones.
A Funeral Service will be held in the auditorium of Woodrow Wilson High School on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Visitation with the family present will commence at 9:30 a.m., followed by the service at 10 a.m. To honor Shellie's love of HBCUs, the Nats, DC United, Wilson, School Without Walls, Ballou, and DMV sports teams, attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite school or team gear to the service!
In lieu of flowers please send donations to support scholarships for local high school students to: Wilson Tiger Athletics, Memo Line - Shellie Bowers Scholarship, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW, Washington, DC 20016 or Grambling University National Alumni Association-DC, Memo Line - Shellie Bowers Scholarship, PO Box 76824, Washington, DC 20013.