WEST POINT HALL OF FAME: Bowen, Deanes latest inductees

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RYAN PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

One familiar face, along with perhaps the most famous living voice in West Point will both be the next inductees into the West Point Hall of Fame on March 3.
County Supervisor Shealton Deanes and Voice of the Greenwave Bud Bowen will be the latest to achieve immortality as they are enshrined alongside numerous other high-profile locals.
The two men will be inducted at the 94th annual Growth Alliance Banquet held Tuesday, March 3 at the Civic Center in downtown West Point.

SHELTON DEANES
Longtime Clay County District 4 Supervisor Shelton Deanes was born in West Point on March 9, 1956.
He graduated from Beasley High School and attended Mary Holmes College.
He is married to Francis Deanes and the couple has eight children, nine grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
He is an active member of the Palo Alto Missionary Baptist Church serving in many positions in the church and is now serving as deacon. Deanes is known by his fellow Clay Countians for his leadership in the community after he was elected to represent District 4 on the Board of Supervisors in 1991.
He is still serving in that position after 29 years.
According to Deanes, after he became a supervisor only 15% of residential constituents of District 4 lived on paved roads. Now of 85% of constituents live on paved roads.
During his time on the board he as also made numerous trips to Washington D.C. to get funding for bridges, roads, and buildings.
What’s more, his work in Una for a Community Center, Fun Day, walking trails and support of the new Justice Court in West Point all underscore his efforts in office.

BUD BOWEN
“The Voice of the Greenwave,” Woodie Howard “Bud” Bowen is a living legend for West Point High School football fans and those across the state and region.
Through his colorful play-by-play commentary, Bowen has been the broadcast announcer every week of every game for over 40 years.
Born in Aberdeen in 1947 to Howard and Doris Bowen, he came to West Point in the fall of 1958.
He is married to Betty Joe Bowen and they have three children and five grandchildren.
Along with his broadcasting savvy, Bowen was an employee of the city of West Point, retiring after 26 years.
Back in 1997, broadcaster Jack King dreamed of having the Greenwave football games announced every week on WROB and Bowen provided to be the perfect fit.
He also adopted the Ole Miss announcer Bill Goodridge saying and soon became known as “Woohoo Mercy Man.”

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