“We Honor Your Works”
Friends and family gathered to honor former Councilman Richard Showers, Sr.
Submitted By: Sandra F. Beckard and photos by John Wilson, Union Chapel M.B. Church photographer
(HUNTSVILLE, AL)l - – On Friday, March 24, at 6:30 pm., family members, friends, and well-wishers gathered in the Boone-Lacy Fellowship Hall at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church for a Retirement Celebration honoring Dr. Richard Showers, Sr., for his twenty eight years of service as Huntsville City Councilman in District One.
Looking at the word “honor” you find a few synonyms like courage, tolerance, tact, and politeness. Seeing a change in the way that the City of Huntsville was being governed, in 1988 when the opportunity presented itself, Showers had the courage to step forward and take on the challenges that were facing his neighborhood. He learned that tolerance would be essential when dealing with people whose opinions and practices differed from his. On several occasions during his tenure as the District One representative, the art of using tact was necessary while addressing issues that were sensitive or delicate in nature. Being courteous and civil in his behavior is the politeness that Showers showed with respect to his colleagues.
In Isaiah 6:8 the Lord said “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? Here am I, send me!” Twenty Eight years ago Richard Showers, Sr. became a servant of the people in Huntsville, Alabama. He made a pledge in good faith to do the best he could. When change comes about, someone has to be prepared to catch the ball when it is thrown to them. Councilman Richard Showers caught that ball first and started down this path. To all of those who will follow, never forget how this path was carved.
Proverbs 21:21 says “Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.
Councilman Richard Showers, Sr., “We Honor Your Works” and thank you for a job well done.