Shirley Batts


Shirley Batts "Duck," 64 of Cleveland, entered into her eternal rest on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

She was born to the late Gladys King Westfield-Parker and Lester Westfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Gayle Westfield-George; brother, Elijah "Buster" Westfield; many aunts, uncles, and other relatives.

She was a graduate of Bradley Central High School, where she was a member of the ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) and her special class was Culinary. She was employed at Mayfield School, where she was head cook and truly enjoyed her relationship with the children. Cooking was her joy, and on any day you could go by her home to get a fish sandwich, or a plate to go. She was also employed with United Knitting Inc. and Excel Corp. as a security guard for many years.

She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, where she loved her church family and her pastor. She loved keeping company, and having family and friends over for food, fun and laughter was her pleasure.

She was a sweet and caring person, always willing to listen and respond with words of love. Her smile was infectious, and would lift a person’s spirit, and bring joy to their day. Her favorite color was red, and her favorite flower was carnations.

Survivors include her loving husband of over 35 years, Warren Batts, who provided her with everything she would ask; her stepdaughter, Jennifer (Renaldo) Steward;  sisters: Minister Debra Smith,  and Dewanna Westfield, both of Cleveland, and Jennifer Westfield of Atlanta, Ga.; her mother-in-law, Betty Ledford; sister-in-law, Stacy (Keith) White; brothers-in-law: Tommy Ledford, Wayne Ledford, and Williams (Beverly) Phipps, all of Jefferson City; aunts: Ophelia Ball, Elizabeth Green, Francis Arnold, and Louvenia Thompson, all of Cleveland, Linda Constant of Chattanooga; uncle, Sherman McCleary of Charleston; goddaughter/niece, Ashley Smith; and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and love ones;  friends: Jill and Tebow Gash, who she called her son and daughter; special friends: Kay Cox, Liz Wilcox, Rena Jordon, Carolyn Edmondson; her very close friends, Octavia Pugh, whom for many days they were inseparable; and Dudley Whaley, who was as much of a brother as a friend.

The body may be view Saturday, from 12 noon until 6 p.m., at the Patton Funeral Home Chapel, 265 Fair Street S.E. Cleveland

The family will receive friends Sunday, March 17, 2019, from 2:30 p.m. until the service time, 3 p.m., at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 799 Inman Street E., Cleveland. The Rev. Edward S. Robinson Sr. will be the eulogist, and the Rev. Alfred B. Johnson Sr. will officiate. Interment will follow at Fort Hill Cemetery.


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