Huntsville City Schools honor life of beloved teacher, Dr. Richard Showers Sr.

Dr. Richard Showers Sr. was a teacher at Huntsville City Schools, teaching within the school system for 33 years and leaving behind a legacy that continued long after his retirement.

Posted: Oct 21, 2021 9:29 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2021 1:27 PM

The Huntsville community came together Thursday to celebrate the life of a trailblazing former city councilman, Dr. Richard Showers Sr.

While many people remember him as the first African American to serve on Huntsville City Council in decades, they may forget about his life of service before that.

Dr. Richard Showers, Sr.

Showers was a teacher at Huntsville City Schools, teaching within the school system for 33 years and leaving behind a legacy that continued long after his retirement.

"He truly was not only a pillar for education and advocate for students, but he was a pillar in our community," Superintendent Christie Finley said.

Elisa Ferrell, president of the school board, said Showers "worked diligently as a career technical educator, a science teacher and GED instructor, impacting the lives of thousands of students across Huntsville City Schools."

In Thursday's Board of Education meeting, Ferrell read a resolution honoring Showers that had been delivered to his family during Thursday's funeral service. She thanked the family for "allowing Dr. Showers to do so much for the community."

After more than three decades as an educator, Showers leaves behind a lasting impression.

"I knew him as a very passionate activate for the schools, as well as for the city," Councilmember Jennie Robinson said.

Robinson said Showers’ contribution to education only enhanced his time on City Council. 

"He was an employee of the school system, and sometimes we forget that that was his contribution to the city as well as his time on the Council," Robinson said.

Showers retired from Huntsville City Schools in 2005. He was laid to rest 11 a.m. Friday at New Mount Marriah Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Lillian.

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