HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Eula Battle, wife of Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, has died.
Mayor Battle’s office made the announcement Tuesday morning. She was 65.
Eula Battle was well known for being the wife of the mayor of Huntsville.
But as a native of the city and advocate for teachers, she is highly regarded for her many achievements and for giving back to the community she loved so much.
Eula Battle was born in Huntsville as Eula Sammons and graduated from Huntsville High School in 1973. She had a 31-year career as a schoolteacher, much of it with Madison County Schools.
“No matter where we went I would always look up and think who’s the person who is going to walk up and be one of Miss Eula’s students? And they would come, and walk up and say I will never forget being in your class every day,” said Alison Kling, Free 2 Teach development director.
In 2011, Eula co-founded Free 2 Teach, a non-profit that supplies free school materials for local teachers.
“At the heart of this organization was her love of children and she wanted to get supplies into the hands of every child in Madison County’s three public school systems,” Kling said.
To date, the organization has provided more than $7 million worth of supplies to area teachers.
The staff at Free 2 Teach says Eula’s legacy goes beyond her achievements. They remember their friend as being sharp, tenacious, and kind.
“It’s rare to meet someone that you feel like really knew you, and spent time with you, and cared for you so genuinely, and she was so dynamic,” Kling said.
Her colleagues at the nonprofit say as they move forward in the wake of this loss, it’s more important than ever to continue Mrs. Battle’s mission for the community.
“It’s so vital that our children are taken care of, and its so vital that we continue her mission because it really is at the heart of of this organization, and it was Eula’s heart as well. So, it’s such an honor,” Kling said.
According to a statement from the City of Huntsville, Eula’s focus on education helped establish the Mayor’s Book Club. Through that effort, businesses have pitched in to help provide more than 100,000 books for students in Title 1 schools.
The city noted, ‘Eula and Tommy wanted children in need to be able to build their own personal libraries to hopefully instill a love of reading and learning.”
In addition to Mayor Battle, she is survived by their son, Drew Battle and his wife, Lauren; grandsons, George and Benjamin; brothers, Dr. Robert Sammons, Dr. Calame Sammons, and Bill Sammons; a sister, Susan Sammons Sullins, and 12 nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Free 2 Teach or Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntsville. Laughlin Funeral Home is handling arrangements.