IN MEMORIAM: Former Huntsville City Councilman Richard, Sr. Dies

By Paul Gattis

Dr. Richard Showers, Sr. served almost 30 years on the Huntsville city council. Showers passed on Saturday at the age of 73.

Richard Showers, who served almost 30 years on the Huntsville city council, has died.

The city of Huntsville on Saturday announced Showers’ death. He was 73.

Council members Bill Kling and Devyn Keith asked for prayers for Showers at Thursday’s council meeting, acknowledging that he was in poor health. Keith, who defeated Showers in 2016 to win his seat on the council, has repeatedly praised his predecessor while in office and frequently referred to him as a “titan.”

“Dr. Richard Showers, Sr., a former City Council member and educator at Huntsville City Schools, had an incredible impact on our city,” Mayor Tommy Battle said in a statement Saturday. “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 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 Dr. Richard Showers, Sr. Recreation Center on 4600 Blue Spring Road NW, is named in Showers’ honor. In 2016, the city of Huntsville 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,” Battle said in a statement. “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.”

“The Dr. Richard Showers, Sr. Recreation Center is one of our most popular facilities in the City of Huntsville,” Battle said in a statement. “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.”

OBITUARY

Dr. Richard Showers, Sr.

September 13, 1945 – October 16, 2021

Funeral service for Dr. Richard Showers, Sr. will be Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor – The Reverend Dr. O. Wendell Davis of- ficiating.

Funeral Service will be live-streamed via Facebook, YouTube, and Boxcast and can be accessed via the Union Chapel website at http://www.union- chapel-hsv.org.

Public viewing:

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 (11:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. at Nelms Memorial Funeral Home Chapel) and Thursday, October 21, 2021 (9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church).

Family Hour:

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Interment: Friday, October 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at New Mount Marriah Baptist Church Cemetery (32852 U.S. Highway 98 – Lillian, AL 36549).

Public viewing at New Mount Marriah Baptist Church 10:00 a.m. to11:00 a.m. – one hour prior to interment.

Dr. Richard Showers, Sr., represented District 1, and was first elected to the City Council in 1988. He retired on July 1, 2005, from the Huntsville City Schools where he was a Career Technical Education Teacher. Dr. Showers received his educational training from Alabama A&M University and Auburn University. He earned the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Alabama A&M University, and an Adult and Continuing Education Certificate from Auburn University. In recognition of his service to humanity, he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities.

Dr. Showers serves or has served as a board member of numerous professional, civic and community organizations where he uses and used his talents, skills and expertise to add value to the organizations’ mission. Some of his member- ship include: Planning Commission, Metropolitan Planning Committee, Clean Community Committee, Historical Preservation Authority, Zoning Subcommittee, Local Emergency Planning Committee, Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments, Community Action Agency, and Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees. Additionally, he is a life member of Huntsville Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Alabama A&M University Alumni Association, Inc. and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

At Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, he is an active and faithful member where he serves as a deacon. In the religious sector, Dr. Showers serves or has served as a board member of the following organizations: President, Alabama State Missionary Baptist Lay- men’s Movement; First Vice President, National Baptist Laymen’s Movement, and Trustee – Selma University.

He has received scores of awards and honors in recognition of his tireless service to mankind. Some of his awards include; Lifetime Achievement Award, Union Chapel Christian Academy Foundation, Inc.; Distinguished Service Award, Greater Inter- denominational Ministerial Fellowship; Unity Award, Alpha Phi Alpha Education Foundation, Delta Theta Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Excellence Award, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and Presidential Citation/ Distinguished Alumnus Alabama A&M University, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO).

Dr. Showers and his wife, Bettye Ann, are the proud parents of five children.