Mary Batten Henry

Mary Batten Henry, 84, of Jesup, passed peacefully in her sleep, early Saturday morning, November 14, 2020, at her residence, surrounded by her family.

She was born July 8, 1936 in Blackshear 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, she moved to Waycross to raise her family. She enjoyed traveling the north Georgia mountains as well as vacationing on the beach of St. Augustine. She 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 1980s, she moved to Jesup where she owned and operated The Homestyle Laundry. She made many dear friends during this time. She loved to entertain and 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 six 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 and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 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, social distancing and the use of face masks is recommended.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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