We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Paradise Funeral Home, Inc
Mr. James Howard Battle 78, of Greenville went into eternal rest on September 20, 2022. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 pm Saturday at Grace Fellowship Church of God In Christ. A viewing will be held one hour prior to service. Burial will follow at Robersonville Memorial Gardens. Ministry of Comfort Entrusted to Paradise Funeral Home Inc.
ames Howard Battle “Bill” was born on December 10th, 1943 to the late Johnnie Luther Battle and Mary Jane Edge Battle. He departed this life on Tuesday, September 20th, 2022, at his home in Greenville, NC.
“Bill” as he was affectionately known, was educated in Martin County schools. He farmed all his life, until his health failed in November of 2021. He loved to give away his vegetables and his hangout spots were Cecil Crandall’s store and Country Mart in Stokes, NC. He was loved by everyone he met and was a father figure to his nieces and nephews. He loved to fish and work in his garden.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings: Louise Brown, David Junior “Bro” Battle, Robert Junior Battle, and Shirley “Shell” Ward.
He was survived by his loving wife, Gloria Battle, and their eight children. James (Iris) Johnson of Baltimore, MD. Jacklin Johnson and Novella Arlene Johnson of the home, Lindsay Ray (Lottie) Battle and, Sharon (Clifton) Williams of Greenville, NC., Christopher (Debra) Battle and Eddie (Tobbie) Battle of Robersonville, NC and Sandra (Teddy) Warren of Kinston, NC. He is also survived by 4 sisters: Johnnie Gray Battle and Lillie Bell Ward of Greenville, NC., and Varnell Wilson and Marnell Farmer of Conetoe, NC, along with a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Bill didn’t like going to visit other people’s houses, so we had to have family gatherings at his house so he would attend. It would always put a big smile on his face to see all his family gathered in one place. He had a nickname for all his nieces and nephews. He was a true family man and will be greatly missed.
Bill had three special friends Jimmy Frank, Joe Hines and Walter Andrews. These three kept in constant contact, visited and rode him out occasionally, if he felt like it, because they knew he wasn't the one to sit in the house and do nothing.