Rocky Mount, NC
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...” Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
“...A Time To Be Born.”
Shirley Mae Thorne Battle, first born daughter of the late Louise Thorne Sumler and the late Calvin Jones. Sr. entered this world on April 28, 1934 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
“...A Time To Die.”
On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Shirley Battle completed her journey on earth in the flesh. She has gone from labor to reward with the almighty Father in Heaven. She is resting in the arms of our Lord and Savior.
“A Time To Plant.”
Shirley was the awesome wife of Huras James Battle, whom she married on December 13, 1952, which was a total of 65 years and three months. Through their union eight children were born. Dwight Lamont (preceded in death), Huras James Jr. (preceded in
death), Marion Taylor, Paula Denise, Tyree Shirette, Dwayne, Angela Darlene, and Wrenaldo Keith. She was a gratified grandmother of twenty-three grandchildren and twenty
She attended the Rocky Mount City Schoolsand became a member of Mt. Zion First Baptist Church where she surrendered her life to God.
Shirley the matriarch of the Thorne and Battle family was truly a blessing while she served so many people. She exemplified the love of God for all to see as she traveled her time on earth. She had a giving and caring spirit. She accomplished the goal and desire of building a foundation for her children teaching them to put God first. She strongly believed in keeping the family together.
She was employed by Pillowtex and Summergrade Industry for twenty years. As a servant of God, she was gifted with using her hands to make delicious gourmet dishes. She was known for her strawberry shortcake, banana pudding and fruit pizzas. The most
important, she loved to cook and serve her family and friends.
Shirley joined the ladies of the Les Gemmes Incorporated which provides support throughout community. She was recognized by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority as a Pearl of the Community in 1984. Her Heart...Mount Zion First Baptist Church where she served in
the following ministries: The Deaconess Board (Deaconess); The Altar Courtesy Guild (decorates the Altar); The Women’s Day Leadership; The Camaraderie Club; The Hospitality Committee (hostess for church repasts /preparing and serving food for church
functions and to members sick or shut-in and bereaved families);and the Frank Bryant Usher Board (Emeritus member); Pastor Kelvin G. Thurman presented her the Faithful Service Award in May 2015 (a plaque);
Her Beloved Sisterhood...
The Rocky Mount Chapter of Les Gemmes, Inc. This is a Service Sorority that meets the needs of the community. In this capacity she selected and purchased useful gifts for area
nursing home residents during the monthly Rest Home Cheer.
She was a three time Recipient of the Precious Jewel Award (the President’s Choice Award for Faithful and Dedicated Service presented by the late Shirley Macklin Felton).
“ ... A Time To Pluck Up That Which Is Planted.”
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were
dissolved, we have a building of God and a house not made with
hands, eternal in the heaven.” 2 Corinthians 5:4
“....A Time To Weep And A Time To Laugh.”
“Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning.”
“...A Time To Mourn And A Time To Dance.”
She leaves to cherish her memory her husband: Huras Battle (Sonny Boy); children, Marion Taylor, Paula Young (Robert), Tyree, Dwayne (Audrey), Angela, and Wrenaldo; siblings, Peggy Jordan (Jarvis), Linda Barbour (Bennie), Jacqueline Sloan (Bernard), Willie Thorne (Nancy), Thelma Hart, Calvin Jones Jr., Linda Jones, and Debra Jones; her twenty-three grandchildren,twenty-nine great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews,
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends.
A Viewing for Mrs. Battle will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday, March 11, 2018, in the Rocky Mount Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home. A Celebration of Her Life will be held at 12:00 Noon, on Monday, March 12, 2018, at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, 320 W. Thomas Street, in Rocky Mount, NC. The interment will take place immediately after the Service in Gardens of Gethsemane in Rocky Mount, NC.
These professional services have been entrusted to H.D. Pope Funeral Home, located at 325 Nash Street in Rocky Mount, NC.
Please sign the Guestbook.
H.D. Pope Funeral Home Rocky Mount
Sunday March 11th, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
325 Nash Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Celebration of Life
Mt. Zion First Baptist Church
Monday March 12th, 2018
320 W. Thomas St
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Gardens of Gethsemane Cemetery
Monday March 12th, 2018
3020 E. Raleigh Blvd.
Rocky Mount, NC 27801
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Judith Brandon lit a candle for Mrs. Shirley T. Battle
Judith Brandon lit a candle on Mar 9 2018 09:14:50 AM
Sorry for your loss. God Bless you and you family.
If roses grow in Heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for me, Place them in my mother's arms and tell her they're from me.
Tell her I love her and miss her, and when she turns to smile, Place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile.
Because remembering her is easy,I do it everyday, but there's an ache within my heart that will never go away.
Submitted by Tarji Williams on Mar 9 2018 08:14:43 AM
Marion, I am so sorry for the loss of your precious mother. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.
Submitted by Joyce Womble on Mar 9 2018 07:08:41 AM
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To The Shirley T. Battle Family:
Our prayers are with you that God will strengthen and comfort you in your season of separation.
Dr. Joseph R. Rogers, Sr., Pastor
Dr. Steppi W. Rogers, First Lady
And The Mount Zion Church Family
Submitted by Pastor & First Lady Rogers on Mar 8 2018 10:59:08 PM
Sending Our Deepest Sympathies To You and For Your Entire Family In These Hours of Bereavement. May God Continue To Strengthen and Keep You
The Parker Family
Ezekiel Edna Mellin Pamela Ezekiel M.
Submitted by Min. Calvin E Parker on Mar 8 2018 07:19:04 PM
Palmela Mcmillan lit a candle for Mrs. Shirley T. Battle
Palmela Mcmillan lit a candle on Mar 8 2018 03:03:19 PM
Our Sincere Prayers and Heartfelt sympathy with each and every family member during your hours of bereavement. Your mother was a very kind and friendly Spirit-filled woman of God.
Submitted by Charles and Claudelia Daniel on Mar 8 2018 01:47:50 PM
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