BATTLE II, William Robert "Bob"Of College Grove and previously of Nashville, passed away January 22, 2010, from complications related to a brain tumor. He was born December 25, 1927 in Nolensville, Davidson County, Tennessee, to the late William Robert and Cleo Smith Battle. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Ogilvie Battle; daughter, Valerie Battle Kienzle of St. Charles, MO; son, William Robert "Rob" Battle III of College Grove, TN; grandchildren, David Kienzle and Ashley Kienzle of St. Charles, MO, William Robert Battle IV and Joseph Battle of Franklin, TN; brother, Lucien Battle of Nolensville; and sister, Betty Battle Green of Nolensville. Mr. Battle was a member and former Nashville Banner staff for over 54 years, starting as a police reporter and later serving as vice president and in various editor positions. For the last nine years, he wrote a weekly column, "Livin' Country," for the "Williamson A.M." edition of The Tennessean. He was a contributing writer for numerous national magazines and publications, including World Book Encyclopedia. He was active in various Shrine and Masonic activities for more than five decades as a member of John B. Garrett Masonic Lodge, a 33rd degree Scottish Rite and York Rite Mason, past potentate of Al Menah Shrine Temple, and member of the Royal Order of Jesters. He served on various boards, including the Middle Tennessee Council, Boy Scouts of America (recipient of The Silver Beaver Award); Nashville Boys and Girls Club; Tennessee Farm Bureau Foundation; The Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi; Tennessee Press Association; Country Music Association; Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; Tennessee Agricultural Museum at Ellington Agriculture Center; College Grove Senior Citizens Center, and Elks Lodge, No. 72. He was a member of Brentwood United Methodist Church and a founding member of the Robert I. Moore Sunday School Class. Visitation will be held at Brentwood United Methodist Church from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, January 25, 2009 and from 11 a.m.-12p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2009 with a service following at 12 p.m. at Brentwood United Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Al Menah Shriners' burned and crippled children's hospital or to Troop 1, Boy Scouts of America, at Brentwood United Methodist Church. Arrangements by BRENTWOOD-ROESCH-PATTON FUNERAL HOME, 9010 Church Street East, Brentwood, TN 37027 (615) 373-3040.
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Published in The Tennessean on Jan. 24, 2010