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Passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017. He was born April 2, 1969, in Wiesbaden, Germany, to Olene Head McGowen and the late John Earl McGowen. He was raised in Huntsville, AL, and graduated from Auburn University, where he served as a substitute Aubie, the school's mascot.
McGowen moved to the District of Columbia in 1992. He worked as a C-SPAN producer, then an aide to Rep. J.C. Watts. He later moved to Atlanta, GA, where he found his true calling in the world of government affairs while working for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. In 2003, he was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder, Polymyositis, which lent urgency to his determination to have a positive impact on the world around him. He married Kristi Barksdale in 2004, and the same year the couple returned to Washington.
McGowen was a man of many passions: snazzy clothing, college football, grilling, expensive cars, military history, politics, fishing, investing, and more. Many in Washington owe their jobs to a connection from Chris. He never entered a room where he wasn't known, if not at the start, then certainly by the end.
He is survived by his wife, Kristi; mother, Olene of Huntsville, AL; brother, Carl of Montgomery, AL; parents-in-law, Bob and Carol Barksdale of Raleigh, NC; sister- and brother-in-law, Erin and Dedric Terry; niece and nephew, Brenna and Aidan of Colorado Springs, CO; god-sister, Latana Erves (Jimmy) and god-nephews, McKinley and Xavier of Huntsville, AL; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and a multitude of friends.
Funeral services will be held on March 7, followed by burial at Historic Congressional Cemetery. Donations can be made in his name to the , Auburn University and Paws of Valor Animal Rescue.

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Nelms Memorial Funeral Home - Huntsville
Huntsville, AL 35816
(256) 539-8189
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Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 7, 2017
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