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Dennis (Pops) Bowers was remembered as “a super star, a hero and legend” of Gospel Music by the large crowd of friends, family members and gospel music lovers who turned out to a “home-going celebration” of his life on Saturday, August 14 at the Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School Gymnasium.

Bowers’ outstanding musical career began with the Sensational Four at the age of 13, which later led him to join the “Superstar” of gospel, Tommy Ellison, at the age of 19 were embarked on a career that spanned 30-years with the world famous group. After the passing of the “Superstar” Ellison, Bowers then became the lead singer of The Legendary Singing Stars.

He was remembered as a musician who when he hit the stage the fans could expect excitement. “When you do something for the people, you do it from the heart,” it was said of how Bowers performed.

Dennis Bowers was a “superstar” in gospel music who reared a “superstar” son in football in former Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School standout and present Clemson star Daquan Bowers. It was noted that “as a football player and guitarist Daquan was Dennis’ hero.”

In a moving testimony to his father, Daquan said: “For 17-years all I wanted to do was play lead guitar in this band. For 17-years my father told me, son, you’re not ready yet, so I practiced and practiced,” Daquan said. On Saturday Daquan turned in a virtuoso solo performance on his guitar in honor of his father.

As much as Dennis Bowers was remembered for the many songs he wrote, he was also remembered for the kind of man he was. “When he gave you his word, it came attached to his heart,” his niece Paula Copeland said. Adding “he always made a way,” if it was getting football tickets for 48-family members when the family only had 24 tickets.

In reassuring all of those in attendance at the home-going celebration that Dennis Bowers was ok now, the large crowd was reminded of the song he wrote “At the gate I know”. “Dennis is at the gate. He’s up there with all the other members of the Ellison-Miles family.”

 
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