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Lillian Fowler Richardson, 94 of Crumpler, N.C., passed away on Monday, August 23, 2021 at her home.

Mrs. Richardson was born on January 12, 1927 in Ashe County to James Thomas “Tom” Fowler and Annie Edwards Fowler. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Willard Richardson, and all her brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Richardson moved to Aberdeen, Maryland to work during World War II. Upon her return to Ashe County, she worked at several places and was the first woman hired for the factory at Phoenix Chair Company, where she worked until retirement. Mrs. Richardson was a longtime member of Senter Primitive Baptist Church. She grew flowers and always raised a big vegetable garden and was known to share with anyone. She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and was known as a “Granny” to several. Mrs. Richardson always worked the voting polls and was an advocate for getting people to vote.

Mrs. Richardson is survived by, one daughter, Rita Richardson (Jim) of Crumpler; one son, Donnie Richardson (Lynn) of Crumpler; three grandchildren, Jennifer Williams, Casey Richardson, and Cody Richardson; three great-grandchildren, Courtney Watson, Dylan Severt, and Skyler Cobbler; two great-great-grandchildren, Gracie Watson and Carter Watson; several nieces and nephews, also surviving are lots of special friends, whom she called her young’uns too and they called her their second mom or granny.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 11a.m. at Senter Primitive Baptist Church by Elder John Jackson, Elder Robert Shatley, and the Rev. Lloyd Day. Burial will follow in the Brown-Fowler Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Brown-Fowler Cemetery in care of Jim Richardson, 3254 NC Highway 16 North, Crumpler, North Carolina 28617.

Words of comfort and remembrance may be viewed or sent to the family through our website at

Ashelawn Memorial Chapel & Gardens was entrusted with Mrs. Richardson's arrangements.

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