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Shawn L. Allen

Wilmington, Delaware

August 21, 1969 - June 4, 2024

Shawn L. Allen Obituary

Shawn Lamont Allen, a beacon of hope and inspiration to many, passed away peacefully in New Jersey on June 4, 2024, at the age of 54. Born on August 21, 1969, in Wilmington, to the late Helen J. Allen and Lamotte Williams. Shawn's life was marked by his unwavering commitment to service, his passion for aiding those in need.


Shawn's journey began as a vibrant child in Wilmington, where he was affectionately known as "Big Shawn" and "The Human Beatbox”, a testament to his love for music and playful spirit.


Shawn attended the City’s public schools. As he grew, so did his aspirations, he earned a Rehabilitation Division Drug/Alcohol Abuse Certificate in 1993 and became a Certified Associate Drug Addiction Counselor in 1995. His dedication to youth intervention was further recognized when he became a Hope Commission Certified Outreach worker in 2010.


Professionally, Shawn's resume was as impressive as it was impactful. He began his career in 1993 working various Drug and alcohol jobs with the University of Delaware Center for Drugs and Alcohol and Crest Outreach Program until 1997, Shawn's commitment to bettering his community led him to the Methodist Action Program, where he served as the Youth Moving Forward Program Director from 1997 to 2012 were he mentored at risk adjudicated youth.


Shawn was the founder of the Annual talent show called Me and My Father have talent too His leadership skills shone brightly during his tenure as the Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation from 2013 to 2016, a government-appointed position under the leadership of Former Mayor Dennis P. Williams.


In 2023, Shawn brought his experience to the Wilmington Housing Authority as a Housing Specialist, where he continued to make a difference in the lives of those he served.


However, it was his role as the Founder and Executive Director of the Youth Empower to Strive and Succeed, Inc. (YESS program) that truly embodied his life's work. From 2003 until his passing, Shawn's YESS program provided a platform for countless young people to reach their potential, fostering resilience and success in the face of adversity.


He was a cherished son to his late parents, Helen J. Allen and Lamotte Williams. A nephew to Juanita Redic, Sharon Poon, Ernest Williams and the late Lamotte Allen. A devoted father to his sons, Shawn L. Allen Jr. and Tikques Williams. His former wife, Vanessa Williams-Allen, remained an important part of his life. Shawn was the brother to Andrea Allen and Lamotte Williams. His role as a doting grandfather to Zymere Bey-Allen and Zoey Bey-Allen brought him immense joy. Shawn also held a special place in his heart for his nephews Isaiah Edwards, Al Williams and niece Jahlan Williams-Manuel, along with his many other nieces and nephews who will miss his guidance and warmth. Shawn leaves to cherish his longtime friends, Allen Hollis, Eric Miles, Darryl “Wolfie Chambers, Steve Brown, Kevin Aikens, Kendall Briscoe and the late John Freeman, Booker “Goo” Martin, and Pernell Green.


Shawn’s interests were as diverse as his talents. He was an avid fan of boxing, and he found solace in watching investigative programs like the ID channel and First 48. These pastimes reflected his analytical mind and his love for unraveling complex narratives, much like the way he approached his work and the challenges he helped others to overcome. Shawn Lamotte Allen's legacy is one of compassion, dedication, and love. His life's work touched the hearts of many and his influence will continue to be felt through the lives he changed and the programs he established. Shawn's memory will be forever cherished by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. His passing leaves a void that can never be filled, but his spirit will continue to inspire those who walk the path he paved with kindness, perseverance, and hope.


Shawn's funeral services will take place 11AM, Friday, June 21, 2024 at Congo Legacy Center, 501 W. 28th St., Wilmington, DE, 19802. There will be a public viewing from 9 AM until 10:45 AM only. He will be laid to rest in Silverbrook Cemetery.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Shawn L. Allen hosted by Congo Funeral Home.

Shawn Lamont Allen, a beacon of hope and inspiration to many, passed away peacefully in New Jersey on June 4, 2024, at the age of 54. Born on August 21, 1969, in Wilmington, to the late Helen J. Allen and Lamotte Williams. Shawn's life was marked by his unwavering commitment to service, his passion for aiding those in need.


Shawn's journey began as a vibrant child in Wilmington, where he was affectionately known as "Big Shawn" and "The Human Beatbox”, a testament to his love for music and playful spirit.


Shawn attended the City’s public schools. As he grew, so did his aspirations, he earned a Rehabilitation Division Drug/Alcohol Abuse Certificate in 1993 and became a Certified Associate Drug Addiction Counselor in 1995. His dedication to youth intervention was further recognized when he became a Hope Commission Certified Outreach worker in 2010.


Professionally, Shawn's resume was as impressive as it was impactful. He began his career in 1993 working various Drug and alcohol jobs with the University of Delaware Center for Drugs and Alcohol and Crest Outreach Program until 1997, Shawn's commitment to bettering his community led him to the Methodist Action Program, where he served as the Youth Moving Forward Program Director from 1997 to 2012 were he mentored at risk adjudicated youth.


Shawn was the founder of the Annual talent show called Me and My Father have talent too His leadership skills shone brightly during his tenure as the Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation from 2013 to 2016, a government-appointed position under the leadership of Former Mayor Dennis P. Williams.


In 2023, Shawn brought his experience to the Wilmington Housing Authority as a Housing Specialist, where he continued to make a difference in the lives of those he served.


However, it was his role as the Founder and Executive Director of the Youth Empower to Strive and Succeed, Inc. (YESS program) that truly embodied his life's work. From 2003 until his passing, Shawn's YESS program provided a platform for countless young people to reach their potential, fostering resilience and success in the face of adversity.


He was a cherished son to his late parents, Helen J. Allen and Lamotte Williams. A nephew to Juanita Redic, Sharon Poon, Ernest Williams and the late Lamotte Allen. A devoted father to his sons, Shawn L. Allen Jr. and Tikques Williams. His former wife, Vanessa Williams-Allen, remained an important part of his life. Shawn was the brother to Andrea Allen and Lamotte Williams. His role as a doting grandfather to Zymere Bey-Allen and Zoey Bey-Allen brought him immense joy. Shawn also held a special place in his heart for his nephews Isaiah Edwards, Al Williams and niece Jahlan Williams-Manuel, along with his many other nieces and nephews who will miss his guidance and warmth. Shawn leaves to cherish his longtime friends, Allen Hollis, Eric Miles, Darryl “Wolfie Chambers, Steve Brown, Kevin Aikens, Kendall Briscoe and the late John Freeman, Booker “Goo” Martin, and Pernell Green.


Shawn’s interests were as diverse as his talents. He was an avid fan of boxing, and he found solace in watching investigative programs like the ID channel and First 48. These pastimes reflected his analytical mind and his love for unraveling complex narratives, much like the way he approached his work and the challenges he helped others to overcome. Shawn Lamotte Allen's legacy is one of compassion, dedication, and love. His life's work touched the hearts of many and his influence will continue to be felt through the lives he changed and the programs he established. Shawn's memory will be forever cherished by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. His passing leaves a void that can never be filled, but his spirit will continue to inspire those who walk the path he paved with kindness, perseverance, and hope.


Shawn's funeral services will take place 11AM, Friday, June 21, 2024 at Congo Legacy Center, 501 W. 28th St., Wilmington, DE, 19802. There will be a public viewing from 9 AM until 10:45 AM only. He will be laid to rest in Silverbrook Cemetery.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Shawn L. Allen hosted by Congo Funeral Home.

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