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Dr Eliot Franklin Battle, Sr
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Birth: Nov. 3, 1924
Mobile County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jun. 11, 2013
Boone County
Missouri, USA

Eliot Battle November 3, 1924 - June 11, 2013
Eliot Franklin Battle Sr., 88, of Columbia died Tuesday June 11, 2013. He donated his body to the University of Missouri School of Medicine for the purpose of medical education and research. The Celebration of Life service for Eliot Battle has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, in the sanctuary of Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St., Columbia, MO., 65201. A reception will follow in the Multipurpose room of the Christian Life Center. Eliot Franklin Battle was born Nov. 3, 1924, in Mobile, Ala., to Charles Tecumseh and Leana Peters Battle. Rumor has it that soon after birth, his first word was "super." Dr. Battle was a class officer during each year of his studies at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University). He was elected president of the senior class in 1944. Following graduation and four years in the army during World War II, he returned to Tuskegee to earn a master's degree. He later earned a second master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After marrying Muriel Williams Battle in 1950, the two of them moved to Poplar Bluff, where she worked as a public school teacher and he taught agriculture to World War II veterans returning to family farms after military service. In 1953, Lincoln University's president, Dr. Sherman Scruggs, appointed Dr. Battle as principal of Dalton Vocational School in Chariton County. Soon after, the young Battle family, including toddlers Donna and Carolyn Lya, moved to the principal's residence on the Dalton campus in northeast Missouri. Muriel Jean and Eliot Jr. were born during Eliot's Dalton tenure. According to the late Dr. Arvarh Strickland, in the foreword of Eliot Battle's 1997 book, "A Letter to Young Black Men," (Tucker Publications): "When school desegregation led to the closing of this school, he moved to Columbia to become the assistant principal and counselor at Douglass School. Then, in 1960, he transferred to Hickman High School, where for four years he was the only African-American faculty member. From 1966 until he retired in 1991, he served as the Director of Counseling
for the Columbia School District. After retiring from Columbia Public Schools, he served as the special assistant to the president of Columbia all these positions, he has been a role model and mentor to young people." Among the many national, state and local honors he received during his career, he appreciated the renaming of Columbia's Martin Luther King Jr. memorial at the Stadium
Boulevard access to the MKT Nature Trail to honor Eliot and Muriel Battle and the honorary Doctor of Law degree awarded from MU in 2009. Still, Dr. Battle always maintained that the honors and tributes he most treasured were former students who came up to him in the community to thank him for making a difference in their lives. Dr. Battle is survived by his four children, Donna Pierce and Carolyn Thomas of Chicago, Muriel "Jeanne" Browder of Columbia and Dr. Eliot (Sally) Battle Jr. of Washington D.C. He is survived by nine grandchildren, Charles Thomas and Adrienne Thomas of Chicago, Alison Browder of West Palm Beach, Fla., Angela (Matti) Koivula of Minneapolis, Joi Battle of Washington D.C., John Eliot Pierce of Chicago, and Allan Browder Jr., Alexis Battle and Olivia Battle of Washington D.C.; four great-grandchildren, Aaron Thomas, Ellis Thomas, Satthapi Miller and Shaheri Henry of Chicago; a brother, Dr. Earl (Rosalyn) Battle of Seneca, S.C.; and a sister, Lya Dowe of Tuskegee, Alabama. He is also survived by many treasured family members including nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Charles T. Battle; and his sister, Barbara Battle Robinson. The family has designated Battle-4-Success for memorial contributions. 202 E. Walton No. 3W, Chicago, Illinois, 60611 
Body donated to medical science
Specifically: University of Missouri School of Medicine
Created by: Zane's Mom
Record added: Jun 27, 2013
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Dr Eliot Franklin Battle, Sr
Added by: Zane's Mom
Dr Eliot Franklin Battle, Sr
Added by: Zane's Mom
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 Added: Jun. 27, 2013
Thank you for your service to our country.
- Zane's Mom
 Added: Jun. 27, 2013

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