On January 2, 1986, a bundle of joy was born to Kimberly Jill Knowlin and Jerome Anthony Shropshire. Our beloved son, DeWayne Rashawn Knowlin-Shropshire, 18, lovingly known as "Weezie", departed this life to meet his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, (January 14, 2004), at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. DeWayne was raised in Hartford/Bloomfield, attended both Hartford and Bloomfield public schools. He was currently a senior at Bloomfield High School. He was known for his outgoing and fun-loving personality. He loved sports, hip-hop music and art. He was very special to so many people. A stranger he never met: peaceful, loving, caring and sharing were his "special" attributes. DeWayne will be truly missed because he was loved dearly. He leaves to cherish his memory his sisters, Amber Reid-Shropshire and Tiffany Shropshire, both of Bloomfield; his maternal grandmother, Jessie Mae Knowlin and grandfather, Clarence "Smiley" Smalls of Hartford; his paternal grandparents, Bobbie and Gladys Shropshire, Sr. of Bloomfield; uncles, Leroy, Michael and Ernest Knowlin, Ernest Williams, Rudolph Collins, Travis Johnson, Jesse Grant, Bobbie Shropshire, Jr., Darryl Barnett and Christopher Shropshire; aunts, Etta Hemmingway, Deborah, Shiela and Markeda Knowlin, Veronica, Wendy and Jackie Williams, Angela Shropshire, Kimberly Shropshire, Marilyn Barnett and Adrena Shropshire. He also leaves behind two special people in his life, Curtis Jones and Elizabeth Reid; a host of cousins, other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Ernest Witt, uncles, Vander Knowlin and Benjamin Grant. The care of our beloved child has been entrusted to the Henry L. Fuqua Funeral Services at 94 Granby Street, Bloomfield. The calling hour will be on Thursday, January 22, from 10-11 a.m. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Bloomfield. We, the family, ask that you keep your fond memories of DeWayne close to your heart. Contributions may be made in memory of DeWayne Knowlin-Shropshire in care of Greater Hartford NAACP Back To School/Stay In School Program, P.O. Box 1012, Hartford, CT 06143.