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      Rememberance Service for Eliot Battle

      Family and friends of a Columbia community and educational leader remembered Dr. Eliot Battle during a special church service today.

      Battle died earlier this month from injuries sustained in a car accident.

      That accident happened just days after battle received a standing ovation during a ceremony naming Columbia's newest high school after his wife Muriel Battle.

      Battle was best known as a pioneer in desegregation for his efforts in the Columbia Public School District.

      He was the first African American to work in an integrated Columbia school.

      Family and friends took turns sharing their memories of battle including his granddaughter Olivia Battle.

      Olivia Battle said, "Papa gave the best hugs and kisses. I am so glad that Papa is in heaven with my grandmother. I am sad because my dad is sad about his father. I hope god will take care of grandma and grandpa forever."

      Schools officials said Eliot Battle and his wife Muriel created a legacy in their community that they were honored and grateful to be able to celebrate.