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FROM READERS: Eliot Battle 'has left a great legacy'

By Mary Jo Roberts/Missourian reader
June 14, 2013 | 10:52 a.m. CDT

This tribute to Eliot Battle was contributed by Mary Jo Roberts, Dr. Marjorie Southard Roberts (her mother), and Merlin Wood. Find more submissions here, and send us your own by emailing

We have all lost a man of great integrity and style. He was one of a kind, and with Muriel by his side they were the ideal couple. They were always meticulously dressed as if every day was a special day — and in their case each day was special!


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Eliot Battle was also a neighbor, and we are so sorry that his accident was not far from his home that we always admired as we passed it. His lawn or Christmas lights were always perfect.

I (Mary Jo Roberts) was lucky enough to have Eliot as a High School Counselor at Hickman High School just after Douglass High School was closing, and he was always the gentlemen that one would want for advice. He always remembered my name with that kind & gentle smile whenever I saw him.

Our Thoughts and Prayers go to his children and grandchildren, who have lost a man you cannot replace, and it will be a sad Father’s Day. But he has left a Great Legacy to them as well as his beloved Muriel.

Rest in Peace – but you will not be forgotten!

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.