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Statement on the death of former City Council Member Dr. Richard Showers, Sr. 

Published on October 16, 2021

The City of Huntsville is mourning the loss of former longtime City Council Member Dr. Richard Showers, Sr.  Mayor Tommy Battle issued the following statement on the death of the City’s District 1 advocate.

“Dr. Richard Showers, Sr., a former City Council member and educator at Huntsville City Schools, had an incredible impact on our City,” he said. “As a representative of District 1, Dr. Showers was a tireless community champion who continuously went above and beyond for his district since first being elected to the Council in 1988. His passion for serving others, diversifying Huntsville and improving quality of life for all citizens will not be forgotten. Our deepest condolences go to Dr. Showers’ family and all those he touched throughout his remarkable life. We will never forget his contributions to making Huntsville the best it can be.” 

The City’s Dr. Richard Showers, Sr. Recreation Center on 4600 Blue Spring Road NW, is named in Dr. Showers’ honor. In 2016, the City invested $1.2 million to upgrade the facility and add a new outdoor splash pad. 

“The Dr. Richard Showers, Sr. Recreation Center is one of our most popular facilities in the City of Huntsville,” Mayor Battle said. “Dr. Showers was especially proud of the rec center and its impact on the greater Huntsville area. Children and adults alike continue to use this incredible community resource each day and will for years to come.” 

Mayor Battle. Brenda Chunn, and other leaders cut ribbon for Councill Memorial Park

Dr. Richard Showers, fourth from left, attends the ribbon cutting to open Councill High Memorial Park in District 1.