Mary Lou Garriss Batts, age 86, of Watha left this earthly life to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. She was living near her son at Lenoir HealthCare in Lenior, NC.
She was born September 4, 1930 in Pender County and was the daughter of Si Volson and Lola Ward Garriss. Also lovingly remembered is her husband, the late Jesse Burrell "J.B." Batts and her brothers, Elvin Garriss , Herbert Garris and O.B. Garriss.
Mary Lou was a faithful member of Watha Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church as long as her health permitted. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother, sister and friend. She was a woman of uncommon character, beauty and grace. To those who knew her, Mary Lou was “an instrument of God’s love on this earth.” Her steadfast moral convictions provided an impeccable example for her family and friends over the years. Being a friend to all, she was a strong yet gentle presence who looked for and encouraged the best in everyone. Mary Lou will surely be missed but cherished memories of her will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.
Surviving is her devoted son, Dr. Mark Batts of Morganton, NC; grandchildren, Dr. Stefanie Marie Batts, DVM and Jason Marcus Batts; sisters, Daisy Garriss Turner, Juanita Garriss Hollowell and Evon Garriss Cornell and numerous nieces, nephews and friends that loved Mary Lou dearly.
Funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Watha PFWB Church with the Reverend Elbert Hollowell, the Reverend Juanita Hollowell and the Reverend Clint Jones officiating.
Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Park in Watha.
Casketbearers will be Sam Wells, Jack Wells, Sam Cavenaugh, Phillip Cavenaugh, Allen Garriss and Glenn Merritt.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 to 12:00 Noon, one hour prior to the service at the church.
You may share your memories and send condolences to the family by selecting our "Guestbook" above.
Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Wallace. 910-285-4005
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Condolences to the family of Mary Lou. Such a beautiful lady inside and out. Herbert married my first cousin so I feel close to all of you. May God give you strength in this time of grief and also may you remember with fondness all the good times together. We will see her in Heaven. God bless all of you!!!
Submitted by Linda (Strickland) Nelson on Aug 4 2017 03:25:13 AM
Mary Lou and JB were our first neighbors who lived next door when we married May11,1975. They were the best neighbors ever! We loved them both dearly! Now Mary Lou will be missed by us as much as JB has been. We love you Mary Lou and know that you are now "resting in the arms of Jesus"!! You will remain in our hearts always and forever.We love you!
Submitted by Leon &Kathy McMillan on Aug 4 2017 02:37:38 AM
Evon, our loving sympathy is with you and your family. God Be With You!
Submitted by Suzette Taylor on Aug 3 2017 11:09:10 PM
Every memory I have of Aunt Mary Lou reminds me of her sweet loving spirit. Although we lived too far to see her frequently, Aunt Mary Lou's love for Daddy and our family will always be remembered and appreciated.
Our love and prayers are with our family. ❤️
Submitted by Kay & David Robertson on Aug 3 2017 10:02:36 PM
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My deepest sympathy for this family... Sending prayers, love and hugs to all of you...
Submitted by Nancy Mathews on Aug 3 2017 06:26:17 PM
What a wonderful lady! And, I know now--a wonderful new angel . My thoughts and prayers are with all her family and friends !!!!
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