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Horace Lee Batten

April 30, 1929 — August 16, 2021

Horace Lee Batten passed away suddenly on Monday, August 16, 2021 at his home to join his beloved wife.

He was born to Ernest batten and Jeanette Bowser batten on April 30, 1929. He was united in holy matrimony to Lila Mae Kee on December 23, 1949. Horace attended Isle of Wight County Public Schools and retired from Gwaltney Meat Packing Plant after 41 years of service. He enjoyed collecting “stuff” and would bring all of his findings home. His wife was happy when they stopped people from dumpster diving although many would check with him before going into the store. Most of the time he had exactly what they needed. Horace had a sweet tooth and was known for his plastic container of butter cookies after a good meal. He loved his church and served for many years in different capacities. He was one of the surviving officers of Muddy Cross. He was a man of great character and although presented as a quiet person, he was talkative when discussing the Bible and his faith. Some of his most memorable sayings were ”Take it to the Lord in prayer” “I want to treat everybody right”, “I love my wife” and “When you have done the best that you can do, that is all that is required of you.” In his later years, he still would have words to share. When asked if his head was cold, Horace responded “It sure isn’t hot.” After being told of his upcoming birthday, Dad in two months you will be 92, you are old! You are 91 now and he replied, ”You think so?”

He is preceded in death by his wife and grandson, Kevin. He is survived by his brother Calvin Batten (Germaine) his children: Raymond (Sharon), Jacqueline (Jimmie) and Ronnie; grandchildren; Lenore, Corey (Lily), Tori (Marcus), Dominque, Danielle; great grandchildren; Isaiah, Joshua, Elijah, Jaida, Trishan; in laws, Arnetta Batten, Ada Alston, Lee Kee, Samuel Kee and a host of nieces, nephews and countless friends. Special thanks to Sentara Home Hospice Team especially Tammie and Judy. “May the Work I’ve Done Speak for Me.”

A Graveside Homegoing Celebration will be held 12pm Saturday, August 21, 2021 at New Bethany Christian Church Cemetery, Smithfield, Va. Viewing will take place from 4-6pm on Friday, August 20, 2021 at the funeral chapel. Please keep the Batten family in your prayers.

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