A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date and time.
Emmett was an exceptional person who was born March 13, 1955 in Buena Vista, Marion County, Georgia to the parentage of the late Henry T. Battle and the late Josephine Kelley Battle. Emmett had a zeal for learning and hands-on education. He was a 1973 graduate of historic Marion County High School. With his interest in cars, he immediately enrolled at South Georgia Technical College where he pursued a degree in Auto Mechanic Collision and Body Repair. Service to his country was also another interest of his; he enlisted into the United States Army in 1974 and was honorably discharged in 1977. May the service he rendered his country be forever cherished by a grateful nation. He enjoyed a tour of duty with the Buena Vista Police Department for over two years. He attended Valdosta State University for his teaching certification. Emmett was employed with the Marion County Board of Education and retired after twenty-eight years of dedicated services. His work ethics were not limited to education. For thirty seven years he was a servant of God, carrying and preaching about the Savior, Jesus Christ. Servant of God, well done, rest from thy love employ, the battle is fought, the victory is won, enter thy master’s joy.
Emmett was united in holy matrimony to his one and only love, Ellen Sales and to this union they were blessed with four children. One child, Patrick Battle, and one grandchild, Patrice Battle, preceded him in death.
Life for Emmett was a pleasure to live, he enjoyed detailing cars, playing basketball, checkers, spades (he was known as military champ in spades), and spending time with his family especially his grands.
Survivors include a loving and devoted wife of forty-two years, Ellen Sales Battle; three children, Keeyon Battle and Sarah Battle Brown (Dallas) all of Americus, Georgia and Kevin Battle, Buena Vista, Georgia; four grandchildren, Shaniya Battle, Christian Battle, Kamiya Battle and Ayden Battle; four siblings, Pearlene Josey (James), Henry T. Battle, Jr., Cathy Thornton (Rodney) all of Buena Vista, Georgia and Stanley Battle (Rachel), Hope Mills, North, Carolina; one aunt, Minnie Battle, Americus, Georgia; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph Sales, Sr. (Bertha), Buena Vista, Georgia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joseph Sales, Jr. (Louise), Ralph Sales (Sherry) all of Tazewell, Georgia, Johnny Sales (Sandy), Stockbridge, Georgia, Jamaine Sales (Kimberly), Atlanta, Georgia; devoted cousins and friends which include Sandra Fulks, Mary Williams (Freddy), Earnestine Dixon all of Ellaville, Georgia, Benny Sales (Justine), Minister Ray Sales (Annie) all of Buena Vista, Georgia and Bishop James Lundy and First Lady and the Tabernacle of Faith Church Family.