Longtime Huntsville civic activist Jackie Reed has died

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’ve ever attended a government meeting in the town of Huntsville, you’ve probably met Jackie Reed.

Huntsville City Council member Francis Akridge has confirmed that Jackie Reed is deceased.

Jackie Reed ran for mayor of the town of Huntsville several times.

Reed attended Tennessee Tech University and worked for over 25 years in the aerospace industry. Jackie Reed was a business owner and entrepreneur, she hosted a radio show and also wrote for the community newspaper Speakin’ Out News in a regular column entitled “The opinion of a woman”.

Reed’s comment from Huntsville City Council meetings has been regularly shared on TikTok, garnering millions of views.

” I do not understand why…. why we can’t get along. We are just people. God put us here and whether you like it or not he will take us from here,” Reed said in a video uploaded June 24.

Jackie Reed’s family shared a statement on social media in part:

“Mom loved the town of Huntsville and all the people. He was a loving and caring person who lived by principles and did the right thing.

Dee Reed, daughter

Jackie Reed with Mayor Tommy Battle (courtesy Tommy Battle)

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle released a statement on Reed’s passing.

“We lost a Huntsville legend today. No one had a greater passion for our city than Jackie Reed. His tireless advocacy for the citizens of Rocket City was admirable. Jackie’s fervor and dedication to Huntsville should be an inspiration to all of us, and we will all remember his indomitable spirit and warm heart at City Hall.

Mayor Tommy Bataille


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