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Dalton Batten Sr.

July 26, 1943 — August 2, 2021

Dalton Lee Batten, a native of Isle of Wight County and the son of the late Clem and Agnes Batten, entered into eternal rest on Monday, August 2nd 2021 at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk, Va. He was 78. Any attempt to summarize this man’s life in the few words allotted here would be futile at best but it suffices to say that if you had the chance to meet this man it would be a meeting that you would not soon forget. Armed with an infectious smile, quick wit and unbridled humor, he had the ability to turn any frown upside down and brighten your darkest days. Even in his final days you could still find him bringing people to tears with laughter and reciting the quirky nicknames he had assigned to those he loved. His propensity to freely give of his time and to help those in need around him rounded out his larger-than-life personality and his absence has created a void that will not be easily filled. The world indeed is a little darker now that he is no longer with us but remembering his exploits and funny jokes has the family laughing even as we gather around the table to prepare this obituary and to look for strength to face the dark days ahead. Thank you, Dalton, Dad, Papa for making us laugh once again even from the other side. What you brought to us in life you continue to bring us now that you are gone and we feel forever grateful and blessed that you were a part of our lives.The following loved ones are left to mourn his passing and we are grateful for those who have gathered with us to celebrate the life and mourn the passing of our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great grandfather, Brother, Brother-in-law, Uncle, Cousin and Friend. Sylvia Batten, his loving and supportive wife for over 52 years. His three devoted daughters, Kerry McDowney and Kiauna (Pooh Bear) Batten of Smithfield and Quiena (Ki Ki) Alexander of Suffolk. One son, the late Dalton Lee Batten Jr. Two beloved sisters, Rev. Delores Wooten and Mable Taliaferro both of Carrollton. One beloved brother Illinous Batten from Kentucky and a bonus brother Floyed Batten of Smithfield. Two sister-in-laws Katherine Lewis of Washington DC and Ann Smallwood of Newport News. Six grandchildren, Lashay Trower of Charlotte North Carolina, Donzell(DJ) Roberts Jr. of Smithfield, Joshua(Josh) Batten and Carrington(Kitty) Batten of Smithfield, Quiera Wright and Cornelius Alexander of Suffolk . Five great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. Milestones -Graduated Westside High School class of 1962 -Attended Norfolk State University -Decorated Vietnam War Army Veteran -Retired from Norfolk Navy Shipyard after 30 years of service -Deacon and devoted member of Rising Star Baptist Church in Smithfield Va. Our hearts are heavy and your absence is felt everyday. Wish you were still here so you could work your magic and turn our frowns upside down once again. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 12:00 PM Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Shivers Funeral Chapel BY INVITATION ONLY. Limited attendance will be strictly adhered to and required. Viewing will take place from 4-6 pm Friday, August 6,2021 at Shivers Funeral Chapel. Visit www.shiversfuneralchapel.com for more information. Please Keep the Batten family in your thoughts and prayers. View Memorial Tribute for Dalton Batten, Sr.
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