We will miss you, from Goshen Free Will Baptist Church Members:

BELMONT – Tiny Austeen Richards Bowers, 86, passed away Oct. 23, 2018, at Alexandria Place Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 28, 1932 in Fannin County, Ga., a daughter of the late John Burton Richards and Estie Cole Richards.

Tiny worked for 36 years at Belmont Throwing Company prior to retiring at Belmont Hosiery. She was a member of Goshen Freewill Baptist Church. She loved her church and working with flowers.

Survivors of Austeen include her nieces, Lois Melton and husband, Glenn, Carol Young and husband, Jerry, and Vernice Tate and husband, Robert; nephews, Melvin Richards and wife, Jackie, and Johnny Richards; numerous great-nieces and nephews; and best friend, Barbara. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fern Bowers, brothers, Doyel Richards, Narvil Richards, and Edwin Richards; sister, Edna Bell; and nephew, Leon Richards.

The family will receive friends at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont from 6 until 8 pm on Thursday, October 25, 2018.

A funeral service will be held at Goshen Freewill Baptist Church Friday, October 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm with Dr. Clayton Burch officiating. Committal will follow in Gaston Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Goshen Freewill Baptist Church, 1300 W Catawba Ave, Mt Holly, NC 28120.