|Birth: ||Feb. 27, 1897|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 24, 2000|
John Bascombe Battle, 103, of Asheville, formerly of Whittier, died Saturday, June 24, 2000.
Mr. Battle was born March 27, 1897, in Jackson County and was a son of the late William and Lou Zena Hughes Battle. He was an Army veteran of WW I where he served in the infantry in France.
He was a graduate of Western Carolina College and was a
merchant in Whittier for many years. He was a member the Shrine and a 75-year member of the Dillsboro Lodge #459, A.F. and A.M.
His hobby was gathering a rare and extensive collection of
tools and artifacts made by mountain forebears, a collection which he gave to Western Carolina University. He had previously housed the collection in a hand-hewn log building which he erected in the Ela community until he retired and closed the museum in 1970. He was the subject of a John Parris "Roaming the Mountains" article in the Asheville Citizen-Times.
In 1983 the University presented him with the Mountain
Heritage Award as "a man who has provided us with a strong link to the past and whose contribution to the present and future has already been assured" according to Dr. James E. Dooley, former vice-chancellor of WCU.
Surviving him are his wife of 66 years, Verna DeBord Battle; one daughter, Jean Battle Fisher and her husband Bob of Asheville; one son, John B. Battle, Jr., and his wife Annette of North Wilkesboro; a step-son A.A. "Nick" Nichols and his wife Jan of Tallahassee, FL; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Joan Elizabeth Battle, in 1975.
Masonic graveside services will be conducted by the Dillsboro lodge at Swain Memorial Park, Bryson City.
Verna Debord Battle (1904 - 2004)*
John B. Battle (1942 - 2013)*
Swain Memorial Park
North Carolina, USA
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Record added: Mar 25, 2008
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John L. Mathis
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