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William A. Battle Jr., retired manager at IBM

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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