In all her years as a supervisor, Ann Stephens-Cherry has dealt with all types of personalties. None quite matched that of Scotty Bowers, the longtime director of WHCS 46 television in Hampton.
"He was the most generous person with his time," said Stephens-Cherry, executive director of public relations with Hampton City Schools. "He was never in a rush, and he never rushed you. He had an attention to detail without making you feel like you didn't have skills you needed.
"That's what people appreciated about him. And that's what I know they're going to miss about him."
Bowers, who had been with Hampton City Schools since 1984, died over the weekend of an apparent heart attack at the age of 62. He had been on the job Friday night at Darling Stadium as channel 46 televised the Phoebus-Bethel football game before it was postponed.
Bowers is survived by his wife of 39 years, Dianne; daughters Becky, Susan and Sarah; mother, Mildred; brothers James and Will; and sisters Carolyn and Cathy; and grandchildren Victoria and Luke.
Bowers is a 1968 graduate of Hampton High, where he would dress up as "Freddie the Crab" during football games. He was also a Civil War aficionado who attended re-enactments. He loved the mountains and was building a house in Lexington, where he planned to retire.
"He was always happy-go-lucky and laid back," said his sister, Carolyn Bowers, a public relations specialist with HCS. "Everybody loved him. He had a kind word for everyone, and everyone had a kind word for him.
"In his own quiet way, Scotty was bigger than life. He didn't get in your face, but his presence was always known. And he was my big brother. I'm going to miss him a lot."
Bowers' first job out of high school was at WVEC, where he worked the overnight shift for the radio station.
He went to briefly work in North Carolina for his father-in-law. But he returned to Hampton and joined the school division in 1984.
As the TV station's director, Bowers worked behind the scenes. At the games, he was mostly in the production truck. That didn't stop him from keeping the announcers in stitches.
"He had all together a different kind of humor," said Bob Hintz, a longtime announcer with WHCS. "When we'd televise the games, only we could hear him. And he'd make some comments every now and then that would crack us up. People would hear us laughing and wonder, 'What in the world is going on?'"
Bowers was instrumental in taking HCS's occasional coverage of high school games and turning into a weekly event in the mid-1980s. In 2008, he had the idea of running "classic" games from the '80s and '90s.
"He did a wonderful job with high school athletics in Hampton," Hampton football coach Mike Smith said. "He's always been an affable type of guy. Scotty's always been very good to us and good to the school system."
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Hampton.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times