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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

In Memory of Howard Battles

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Our hearts go out to the family of Mr. Howard Battles.  He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  He believed in family first.  He loved and respected his family with passion and was a gentle husband, father, and a grandpa first.

Howard was one of the finest men I personally had the opportunity to meet.  I met Howard shortly after he retired from the Morgan County Sheriff's Office in 2011.  Howard had the utmost integrity, honesty, and loyalty to the men and woman in law enforcement in Morgan County, Alabama and to law enforcement across the nation.  

Howard led by example and never asked anybody to do anything he would not do himself.  God Blessed Howard Battles with great character and strength.  May God Bless his family as they make their way through some of the most difficult days that they will ever experience.

Retired Morgan Sheriff's Captain Battles lost his fight with brain cancer

  • By Anna Beahm Staff Writer
Local law enforcement officers lauded retired Morgan County Sheriff’s Capt. Howard Battles as a friend and a talented officer.
Battles lost his battle with brain cancer Sunday.
“He knew all the laws, but mainly he knew how to treat people. That’s what more or less made him a good law enforcement officer,” said retired Sheriff’s Office Capt. Bubba Price, a former co-worker and friend.
Battles served both the Decatur Police Department and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office for a combined 26 years.
Battles started his law enforcement career with the Decatur Police Department in 1971, said retired Chief Ed Taylor, who came to the police department in 1974.
Battles started as patrol officer and later became a detective for the department, Taylor said. He left the police department around 1977 and worked for a state agency. During this time, Battles also started a security business and a skating rink, Taylor said.
In 1990, Battles moved back to Decatur and started working in the drug unit at the Sheriff’s Office, where he met Price.
Price retired in 2001, but Battles continued and soon became commander of the Morgan County Drug Task Force and captain of the Criminal Investigations Division, Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin said.  
Franklin worked under Battles during her time as a deputy and narcotics and CID investigator. 
"He was very dedicated to the office, the employees and to the community. His knowledge and years of experience was an asset to our office and the people that he was sworn to serve," Franklin said. 
Two years after Battles’ retirement in 2011, Price said, he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Battles was not expected to live long after the diagnosis, but fought the disease for another 4 1/2 years, Price said.
“He fought a good battle, but cancer is just a killing machine,” he said.
Battles, 69, died at his home in Decatur.
Ridout’s Brown-Service Funeral Home will handle Battles’ arrangements. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m., with the funeral to follow at the chapel.


  1. Howard was a darn good soul. He spent many days on our front porch with my hubby...after he retired saying we could sit here til the crops ruined. He was at peace until this nasty disease took his life. Prayers for the Battles family tomorrow.

  2. A real supervisor and a real career law enforcement officer.

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