Who is Eula Battle? Eula Battle Bio/Wiki
Eula Catherine Sammons Battle, a teacher, a mother, a community activist, a nonprofit educational co-founder, and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle’s wife, died today after a long cancer battle. She was 65. She was born in Huntsville on Sept. 29, 1955, to Dr. Robert Sammons and his wife, Calvert Sammons.
She was 65 years old.
After graduating from Huntsville High School in 1973 and receiving a degree in elementary education from Wesleyan College, Battle taught in local schools for 31 years before retiring and founding the nonprofit Free 2 Teach.
Its ‘shop’ provides teachers in public schools in Huntsville, Madison, and Madison County with free supplies.
Husband And Children
Her husband, Tommy Battle, survives Eula, their son, Drew Battle, and his wife, Lauren; grandsons, George and Benjamin; daughters, Dr. Robert Sammons (Louise), Dr. Calame Sammons (Dianne), and Bill Sammons (Laurie) a sister, Susan Sammons Sullins (Bill) and 12 nieces and nephews.
Eula’s Focus On Education
A Mayoral project, the Mayor’s Book Club, also inspired Eula’s focus on education, where she championed corporations to finance more than 100,000 books in Title 1 schools for students. In order to be able to create their own personal libraries, Eula and Tommy wanted children in need to ideally instill a love of reading and learning. Every year, during the book delivery, they visited the schools to read a Dr. Seuss classic – a highlight for the younger students.
For her husband, this mutual enthusiasm for community service made Eula the perfect match. When he first stood for mayor in 1988, she campaigned with Tommy door to door on their dates, a harbinger of times to come. When Tommy entered the 2018 governor’s race, she was instrumental in winning public support for his subsequent run for mayor in 2008 and tirelessly traveled the state, always supporting Huntsville and attracting a network of more friends and fans along the way.
As a native of Huntsville, Eula was active during her lifetime in many events and organizations. A former Huntsville and Grace Club Junior League member, Eula was an active member of the Methodist Church of Trinity United. She was chosen as a Leadership Huntsville Class 26 member and belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Alpha Kappa Delta, an honorary organization for women teachers. In 2014, she was recognized by the Foundation for Women’s Economic Development Council, won the DAR Founders Medal for Education in 2019, and won the Whitney M. Young Community Service Award for 2020 Boy Scouts.
The Eula S. Battle educational scholarship was founded in 2019 by Athens State University so that she could have a hand in training potential teachers. Eula was the Russell Hill Cancer Foundation’s White Linen and Wine Honoree in 2020.
Tuesday morning, Mayor Battle’s office made the announcement. She was sixty-five.
#Breaking Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle announces passing of his wife, Eula. I was able to interview Eula multiple times, mostly on her non-profit, Free 2 Teach. It has donated supplies to area teachers for years, honoring her decades in the classroom. My deepest sympathies. pic.twitter.com/QBCEAaUKnk
— Margo Gray (@MargoGray48) October 20, 2020
My condolences to Huntsville Mayor @TommyBattle and his family on the passing of his wife, Eula. She was a lovely woman who helped so many in education. It was an honor to meet and cover her non profit @Free2Teach during my time there. Rest In Peace 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/aox6TPYIBQ
— Alex Stokes (@alexstokestv) October 20, 2020