Rev. Delores P. Batten Wooten transitioned from labor to reward on Thursday, November 24, 2022.
Reverend Delores P. Batten Wooten was called to her heavenly home on the morning of November 24, 2022 after a brief illness. She was born to the late Clem and Agnes Batten of Carrollton; VA. Rev. Wooten was married to the late William Wesley Wooten for 53 years before his passing in 2004. Rev. Wooten joined Campbell’s Chapel AME Ch at an early age and was a lifelong member. She served in several capacities including usher board and choir president, Women’s Ministry Founder, church secretary, steward, women’s day choir, and birthday committee chair. She was named “Woman of the Year in 1987” an award that that continues to hang on her wall. Ultimately, she received and accepted the call to preach and was ordained on November 3,2001. She served as a local deacon at Campbell’s Chapel for the remainder of her life, serving several pastors along the way. Rev. Wooten was educated in Isle of Wight County and received additional education to prepare for her insurance licensure and the ministry.
Early in her career she worked at ITT Gwaltney where she rose from working on the line to an administrative position. After a brief retirement she was recruited to work at Universal Life Insurance Company where she became a successful insurance agent. She traveled throughout the region and won several awards for outstanding sales. She was dedicated to her work and retired as a District Manager in the Richmond office. This career gave her the opportunity to travel throughout the United States. She made lifelong friends and helped to mentor many young professionals on her journey. Rev. Wooten loved her family. She was a caregiver to her Mom and Dad as their health declined. As the eldest of two surviving girls in a family of sixteen siblings, she quickly became the family matriarch. Affectionately known as “sister” she was always there for her brothers and sisters. She supported and cared for them. As she lost each sibling, she lost a little of her heart. Her care for those around her extended beyond her family. She became a foster parent after her husband passed away. She served as a foster parent to teenage girls and then to one two day old.
At the age of 72 she became a new mom. She loved her children and was so proud of them all. She poured her heart into their lives without interference or judgement. She often said, “ I can tell you everything I know but you won’t believe it until you experience it for yourself.” She was a wonderful role model for her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by thirteen brothers and one sister. This loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin leave many to cherish her memory. Rev. Wooten leaves to cherish her memory four loving children, Pastor Wesley I. Wooten (Audrey) of Hampton, VA, Vanessa M. Taylor (Victor) of Chesapeake, VA, Mona W. Lovett )Daniel) of Clemmons, North Carolina and Alora N. Wooten of the home; grandchildren Wesley Wooten, Jr. (Cynthia), Venita Crosby(Jason), William Wooten ( Rachel), Audrette Wooten, Vickie Everette (Westley) Alicia Davis (Walter) Martinique Lovett, Ashanti Lovett and Natasha Lovett; great grandchildren, Wesley Wooten, IV, Cherise Wooten, Warren Wooten, Cerena Wooten, Taylor Crosby, Joseph Crosby, Austin Crosby, Jayla Crosby, Syncear Wooten, William Wooten, II, Walker Wooten, Maya Wooten, Peyton Wooten, Azuriah Gary, Jalice Gary, Jaden Gary, Taliyah Everette, Bria Everette,, Anya Wooten, Avery Wooten, Gracie Davis, and one great -great grandson Kobe Wooten ;one sister Mable Taliaferro and one brother Illinous Batten (Barbara) of Louisville, Kentucky); sisters in law, Alma Wooten of Baltimore, MD and Sylvia Batten of Smithfield. VA; goddaughters Cynthia Jordan and Khalia Bowden and godson Anthony Hill. Rev . Wooten also has a host of nieces and nephews.
While she shared special relationships with many, Annette Simmons, Marcia Whitley and Vincent Batten provided constant care and checked on “Aunt Lois” along with special daughter Zela Gatewood. She will be remembered by a host of cousins, friends and the AME Church. Rev. Wooten will be laid to rest immediately following her service at Campbell’s Chapel Cemetery alongside her husband William Wesley Wooten. Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me In my Father's house are many rooms: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and take you myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:1-3
A Service of Celebration will be held 12pm Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at Campbell's Chapel A.M.E. Church Carrollton. VA. Viewing will take place Monday, November 28, 2022 from 3-6pm at Shivers Funeral Chapel. Please keep the Wooten and Batten family in your thoughts and prayers.