Posted on February 22, 2021
Evangelist Paddie Joyce Willingham Battle, 65, of Wilson, transitioned from labor to reward on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at L.N. Forbes Original Free Will Baptist Tabernacle. The committal service followed in Rest Haven Cemetery with Pastor George Ward delivering words of comfort.
A public walk-through visitation was held from 3-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Stevens Funeral Home, 1820 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Wilson.
She leaves to cherish her love and memories to her high school sweetheart and husband, Pastor Dennis Earl Battle of the home; born to this union, her four children, Maurice Battle (Sherry) of Wilson, Charlene Battle Beasley (Chris) of Bailey, Latoya Battle Deans (Arthur) of Kenly, and Joycelyn Battle of the home; one stepson, Terry Lee of Charlotte; six grandchildren, Akira Charnise, Tamia Sherice, Tionna Shanae, Jeremiah Detrell, Jayden Shemar and Cassidy Kamaya; her sisters, Sally Richardson (Chester) of Spring Hope, Frances Alston, Jannie Matthews (Freeman), Debra Willingham and Yvonne Jones (Danny), all of Wilson; two aunts, Ora Lee Farmer of Hyattsville, Maryland, and Daisy Darden of Elm City; sisters-in-law, Debra Kerney of Wilson, Angela Curry of Bailey and Vivian Brooks (Kelvin) of Wilson; brothers-in-law, James Cooper of Wilson, James Battle (Beverly) of Kenly and Willie Battle (Pamela) of Wilson; one goddaughter, Felicia Lynch of Rocky Mount; one god-grandson, Jonathan Lynch of Rocky Mount; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Arrangements are entrusted to Stevens Funeral Home, 1820 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Wilson.
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