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William A. Battle, Jr.

August 11, 2020

Visitation: FRIDAY, September 30, 2016: 2-4 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave. Amherst.
Service: SATURDAY, October 1, 2016: A Funeral
Service will be held at 11 am at Linwood Church of Christ, Buffalo. BATTLE – William A., Jr.
September 25, 2016; beloved husband
of Cynthia (Parks) Battle; loving
father of William A. Battle, III and
Erik E. (Lorelle) Battle; grandfather of
Travis Wilson, Lydia and Erika Battle;
great-grandfather of Monique Suarez;
brother of John (Rose) Battle and the
late Barbara (Ted) Cook; also survived
by nieces and nephews; loving relatives;
his Christian and lifelong friends.
A visitation will be held on Friday from
2-4 and 7-9 PM at the DIETRICH
FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington
Ave., Amherst NY 14226. A
Service will be held on Saturday
at 11 AM, at the Linwood Church
of Christ, 2523 Main St., Buffalo, NY
14214. Please assemble at church.
Online condolences may be shared at Sept. 17, 1948 – Sept. 25, 2016 William Arter Battle Jr., a retired manager at IBM who taught at Bryant & Stratton College, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 68. Mr. Battle was born in Buffalo and attended Buffalo public schools, graduating from Bennett High School in 1966. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Canisius College in 1981 and a master of science degree in management information systems from the University of Maryland/College Park in 2005. Mr. Battle worked for Sears Roebuck & Co. as an appliance repairman for five years. After getting his degree at Canisius, he started working at IBM, where he climbed the corporate ladder to eventually become a regional logistics manager. He retired in 2007 after 37 years with IBM. In retirement, he became an instructor at Bryant & Stratton, teaching business and computer technology. Mr. Battle was active for many years at Linwood Church of Christ and later, Amherst Church of Christ. He served on many boards, including Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Educational Advisory Board, Success in the City Executive Board, Canisius College Women’s Business Center and MicroBiz Buffalo. He also was an active supporter of the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, Buffalo Urban League, Ontario History Society and Canisius College MBA Alumni Association, and was a member of the Leadership Buffalo Class of 2008. A fan of genealogy, he traced his family tree back to the year 800 AD. Family history included a great-grandfather, Samuel Hall, who escaped slavery via the Underground Railroad from Maryland to Canada. Mr. Battle is survived by his wife of 15 years, the former Cynthia Parks; two sons, William III and Erik; his brother, John; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Linwood Church of Christ, 2523 Main St.


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