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John Bascombe Battle
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Birth: Feb. 27, 1897
Jackson County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 24, 2000
Asheville
Buncombe County
North Carolina, USA

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.
 
 
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 Parents:
  William Fidal Battle (1872 - 1961)
  Louzena Zenolia Hughes Battle (1872 - 1960)
 
 Spouse:
  Verna Debord Battle (1904 - 2004)*
 
 Children:
  John Bascombe Battle (1942 - 2013)*
  Joan Elizabeth Battle (1942 - 1975)*
 
 Siblings:
  Hugh Edmond Battle (1892 - 1987)*
  Erastus Raymond Battle (1894 - 1948)*
  Russell Battle (1895 - 1896)*
  John Bascombe Battle (1897 - 2000)
  Fannie Elizabeth Battle (1899 - 1917)*
  Hazel Mary Battle DeBord (1902 - 2000)*
  James Wayne Battle (1905 - 1993)*
  Ida Elizabeth Battle Reagan (1910 - 1995)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Swain Memorial Park
Bryson City
Swain County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Zandalee
Record added: Mar 25, 2008
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