Ms. Mary Batten Henry, 84, of Jesup, passed peacefully in her sleep, early Saturday morning, November 14, 2020, at her residence, surrounded by her family.
Mary was born July 8, 1936 in Blackshear, GA to the late Daniel Everett Batten, Sr. and Ella 'Louise' Dubberly Batten.
She attended Blackshear High School where she was a fierce basketball player for the Blackshear Tigers. In her early years, Mary moved to Waycross, GA to raise her family. She enjoyed traveling the north Georgia mountains as well as vacationing on the beach of St. Augustine. Mary was a sports fan and loved attending sporting events including the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, The Kentucky Derby, College Basketball Final Four in New Orleans, The Super Bowl in Tampa and was even able to witness her favorite team, The Atlanta Braves, play in the World Series. She was also an avid NASCAR fan and was able to attend many races over the last 30 years with her favorites being the Daytona 500 and the races in Bristol, TN. In the early 1980's, Mary moved to Jesup, GA, where she owned and operated The Homestyle Laundry. She made many dear friends during this time. Mary loved to entertain, however she cherished cooking holiday meals and spending time with family during the holiday season.
In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her 6 siblings, Hugh Batten, Walter Clifton Batten, Ruth Batten, Peggy Batten, Clyde Batten and James Colton (Jimmy) Batten; and one son, Marvin Hudson (Butch) Rigsby III.
Survivors include her two sons and daughters-in-law, William Michael (Patricia) Daniell, and James Heath (Esther Lynn) Rigsby; two grandchildren, Terren King, and Jonathan Fender; three great-grandchildren, that she adored, Hunter King, Piper Martin and Addison Fender; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Ms. Henry will be held Tuesday afternoon, November 17, 2020, at 1:00 o’clock from the graveside.
Interment will be in the St. Johns Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in her honor to Heartland Hospice, 664 Scranton Road, Brunswick, GA 31520, (912)261-8760.
Due to COVID-19, and social distancing and the use of face masks is recommended.
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Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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