Dr. Richard Showers' legacy continues in rec center he helped make better

“It means a lot and I am grateful for the work Dr. Showers has done," she said.

Posted: Oct 21, 2021 3:19 PM
Updated: Oct 21, 2021 6:13 PM

As dozens of people paid tribute to Dr. Richard Showers Sr. at his funeral Thursday, another group gathered inside a rec center that bears his name to honor his life in their own special way.

“I am on my way to a swimming class," Eurydice Osterman told WAAY 31. “In my retirement, I’m learning how to swim, and I’m very appreciative for this facility.”

Osterman is just one of hundreds of people who visit the Dr. Richard Showers Sr. Recreation Center for different reasons each week.

“It means a lot, and I am grateful for the work Dr. Showers has done," she said.

Hitting the water, members of an adult swim class shared memories of the man they knew in different ways.

"When I came here, I was so amazed and happy that they have this pool in the community, and I’m so grateful to Dr. Showers for what he’s done to make it so pleasant for us," Mary Spragins said.

Spragins said it takes a person like Showers to make things better inside a community.

“We miss him," Spragins said. "We feel his spirit."

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