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Community expresses condolences for loss of Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle’s wife, Eula

Eula Battle was a lifelong teacher, mother and community leader. Her husband, Mayor Tommy Battle, announced that she died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.

Posted: Oct 20, 2020 6:04 PM
Updated: Oct 20, 2020 6:15 PM

We're learning more about an outpouring of support for Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle after losing his wife, Eula.

Eula Battle was a lifelong teacher, mother and community leader. Her husband, Mayor Tommy Battle, announced that she died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.

Eula and Tommy Battle; Courtesy of the City of Huntsville

Eula Battle's legacy will live on in Huntsville for generations to come. As an educator, she spent more than 31 years in the classroom cultivating young minds.

In 2000, she was named Madison County Teacher of the Year for her outstanding service and dedication. In 2010, when the state legislature severely cut the education budget, eliminating hundreds of dollars for supplies for teachers' classrooms, Eula Battle took action. She co-founded Free 2 Teach.

Her nonprofit supplies free school materials for local teachers. It has distributed more than $7 million in supplies to Huntsville-area educators to date.

"I would love to think that Free 2 Teach has helped out," she said. "Our main focus is to get supplies into the hands of children who cannot afford it but also take that financial burden off of teachers."

Eula Battle was born in Huntsville on Sept. 29, 1955. In 1973, she graduated from Huntsville High and earned a degree in elementary education.

Once Eula retired from public education, she went on to support and teach an academic program focused on students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Eula found this role especially rewarding, given her own journey in managing dyslexia.

Eula's focus on education also influenced a mayoral initiative, The Mayor's Book Club, where she championed businesses to fund more than 100,000 books for students in Title One schools.

Friends and family tell us they will miss her gregarious spirit, robust laughter and fierce devotion to family and friends.

Eula Battle is survived by her husband, Tommy Battle, son, grandsons, brothers, sister, 12 nieces and nephews, countless teachers, students and a community to cherish her memory. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorials are sent to Free 2 Teach or Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntsville.

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