God saw you were getting weary, so he did what he thought best.
He came and stood beside you and whispered, “Come and rest.”
You bid no one a last farewell, nor even a goodbye.
You were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why.
A life built on love, peace, harmony, and faith in God ended on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at home with family love surrounding him. God relieved his servant of trials, tribulations, and suffering by calling him home for an eternal rest.
Henry Lee Battle was born on December 16, 1950, in Waterproof, Louisiana to the late Johnny and Susie Battle. Henry was baptized at an early age by Reverend Leon Harris (Greater St. John Baptist Church - St. Joseph, LA). He was a member of the Greater St. John Baptist Church, under the leadership of Reverend London (St. Joseph, LA). Henry served as a deacon of his church until his departure. Henry was a hard worker, devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. He worked for the Tensas Parish Landfill for 18 years as a heavy equipment operator. Henry also worked 20 years at Amtrak in Los Angeles, California as a chef.
Brother Henry was preceded in death by: his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Battle, two brothers, and his son, Henry Battle, Jr. He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Clara Battle; six brothers, Ernest Battle (St. Joseph, LA), James (Lydia) Battle (Carson, CA), Benjamin (Eddie) Battle (St. Joseph, LA), Charles (Barbara) Battle (Memphis, TN), and Freddie Battle and Willie Battle (both of Waterproof, LA); three sisters, Willie Mae Ellis (Shreveport, LA) and Lula Duncan and Susie Chapman (both of Carson, CA); two sons, Keith (Toi-Ya) Battle (Carson, CA) and Lawson (Meisha) Rhodes (Atlanta, GA); father-in-law, Willie (Jan) Jackson (St. Louis, MO); three stepdaughters, LaChoy (Ron) Harris (Waterproof, LA), Lanthia Bangham (Ferriday, LA), and Felicia Mullins (Bastrop, LA); one stepson, Shermaine Bangham (Waterproof, LA); one godchild, Angelicia Johnson (Ferriday, LA); two aunts-in law, Viola (Lafite) Cushenberry (New Orleans, LA) and Florence (Donald) Perry (Tallulah, LA); two uncles-in-law, Jerome Holmes and Willie Alexander (Waterproof, LA); brothers-in-law, Larry (Brenda) Bangham (Kansas City, MO), Michael (Joyce) Bangham (New Orleans, LA), and Roosevelt (Marie) Bangham (Phoenix, AR); sister-in law, Vanessa (Charles) King (Waterproof, LA); a special cousin, Albert (Carey) White (Kansas City, MO); 18 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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