He was educated in the Jersey City school system where he graduated and started his career as an auto mechanic and tractor trailer driver when he met the love of his life Debra Battle. From this union with the blending of two large families God blessed us with one large wonderful family of twelve children; this love story culminated in marriage that lasted forty eight years.
After his career as an auto mechanic and tractor trailer driver Mickey then continued on as a city bus driver. He again found his passion as a long distance truck driver where he retired. However, after retirement his love for driving and children led him to resume employment as a school bus driver for the Rockdale County school system until his passing.
Though he enjoyed his career he took advantage of his leisure time. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He would often take them boating and fishing. He was the family’s barbecue pit master. For ten years he played softball for the Black Tavern League of Jersey City, New Jersey. He was a firm believer in his children staying in school and getting as much education as possible that he went back to school himself and received his certificates for computers. He would share his passion of driving by taking various family members out on long distance drives to see the world from his perspective. He would purposefully vacation visiting many different states to expose his family to cultures outside of their communities. He settled down in his retirement with a remote in his hands and dared anyone to change the channel.
Mickey is survived by his loving wife Debra Battle, one sister- Mary Battle; one sister-in-law Alice Battle; his children Robert Battle, Jr and daughter-in-law Laurie Battle; Valerie Marshman and son-in-law James Marshman, Sidney Battle, Darnae Williams, Michael Battle, Maurice Battle, Towanda Malloy, Melanie Holland, Lucretia Holland, Rochelle Ford and son-in-law William Ford Jr, and Darryl Smith. Mickey also leaves behind 28 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends. He has gone home to be with his mother Mae Queen Battle, Brother Johnny Battle and son Willie Smith Jr.
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