Special Salute to
Frank Battle, Jr.
Mr. Frank Battle Jr.’s life’s journey ended September 30, 2015. However, he had a lasting effect on the Brothers of Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, the Church where he faithfully served, those in the military and collegiate organizations he was dedicated to and the students who have benefited from the work he lead in this Founders Day Scholarship Luncheon.
Frank Battle Jr. was the fifth child of Frank Sr. and Hattie Mae Taylor Battle in Indianola, Mississippi. He showed early promise, graduating valedictorian of his high school class. Throughout his academic career, he earned certificates, degrees and honors from Southern University, Farleigh Dickson University, Middlesex County College and the Air War College. He was a member of the Society of Logistics Engineers, Association of MBA Executives, the American Society of Public Administration and Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.
Frank Battle Jr. entered the military services in 1954 & re-enlisted again in 1961. He served in several key staff and other positions including Battalion Commander, Installation Commander, Deputy Depot Commander, Inspector General of a major Army Command, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Always with an eye to serving humanity, he helped build a church in a community in the Republic of Korea and was invited by the liberal Republican Senator Charles Mathias to appear before the United States Senate to discuss the impact of population growth in developing countries.
In 1959, he became a member of Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church. He was a faithful member, serving in various leadership positions including church treasurer, secretary of the United Methodist Men and member of the Building Committee.
Following military service, he became involved with the Tennessee State University staff, where he served as the University’s Director of Purchasing and Business Services, and Contracting officer. He also served as the Trademark/Logo Licensing Coordinator for TSU. During his 40 years of service at TSU he established the university travel program, laundromat service in the residence halls, the online auction system, and restructured the food service program on the TSU campus. He ascended to the position of Assistant Vice President of Procurement and Business Services. He was one of only two public State organization Purchasing Directors in the State of Tennessee.
In 1950 Brother Battle entered in the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. through the Beta Sigma Chapter at Southern University. Brother Battle was a Life Member of the Fraternity, and was involved in the creation of the Tau Lambda Chapter Education Foundation. Brother Battle served as the Chairman of the Founders’ Day Scholarship Luncheon from its inception. In 1985 Brother Battle was names Tau Lambda Chapter’s Man of the Year, and in 1994 Brother Battle received a special Honor from the Fraternity and Foundation.
The Tau Lambda Chapter Education Foundation Founders’ Day Scholarship Luncheon has become the primary contributor to the lives of young people who are seeking a post high school education.