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Battle Coleman Steele

Battle Coleman Steele, 67 of Oxford, passed away on Friday, April 8th 2022 after a lengthy illness.

Born on January 6, 1955, to Madelene and Ralph Steele of Southern Granville County, Battle was a graduate of South Granville High School and Elon College. He played football and excelled in his studies. He worked for Union National Bank and eventually purchased and operated Dutchville Builders, the building supply that was started by his grandfather and namesake, Battle C. Roberts.

Battle was preceded in death by his mother Madelene Steele and his wife, Mesheile Roberts Steele. Surviving are his daughter Shelby Cole (husband James, daughters Savannah and Avery) and his brother Luke (wife Phyllis, daughters Nicole and Kirsten)

Although Battle’s life bore many scars, those who knew Battle in his youth will remember a man who would do anything for a friend. We recognize that at last, he has found peace.

Visitation will be held at 12:30 PM at the Eakes Funeral Home Chapel in Creedmoor on Sunday, April 24,, 2022, with the service to follow at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Oxford House Sober Living ( or TROSA in Durham (


  • Deborah Coley Stalligs Posted April 18, 2022 11:28 pm

    My heart breaks for the family. I went to school with Battle and he was a wonderful guy. I’ve asked about him over the years and knew he had seen troubled times. I choose to remember Battle with a smile on my face and love in my heart for the man I remember. Luke, I send my love and prayers for Peace and Comfort to you and all the family during this time and the days ahead.

  • ernie averett Posted April 19, 2022 1:14 pm

    A fine fellow who befriended many. Though having troubles at times, like all of us, he always retained his big and gracious heart.

  • Faye Weaver Posted April 21, 2022 1:00 am

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Battle’s passing! Our thoughts and prayers to all of his family!

  • South Granville High School – Class of 1973 Posted April 30, 2022 9:56 pm

    Your Viking classmates of 1973 have a lot of fond memories Battle. Our deepest condolences to your families and loved ones.

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