Mary Lou Garriss Batts



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.

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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Wallace. 910-285-4005