Louise S. Batson
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Louise Stone Batson, of Florence, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, after a brief illness.
The service to remember her life will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jimmy Aycock will officiate. Visitation for family and friends will be in the atrium of the church from 1:30 p.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Greenview Memorial Park.
Lou was a graduate of Huntsville High School and attended Auburn University where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She was a member of the Muscle Shoals District Service League, the Salvation Army Auxilary and a charter member of Ole Dears tennis group. She had been a member of the First United Methodist Church of Florence for 57 years and was a past president of the Mary Douglass Bender Sunday School class.
She loved tennis, tennis and tennis and participated in the USTA State Championships and has Jefferson Cups to prove it. Anyone who played with her will remember, "Shut up and play!"
Lou is survived by her husband of 57 years, William E. (Bill) Batson; a daughter, Suzanne Morris (Barry), of Florence; grandchildren, Dean Sanders (Crystal), of Birmingham, Scott Morris (Katherine), of Florence, and David Morris (Grace), of Auburn; great-grandchildren, Emily, Liam and Myla Sanders of Birmingham, Taylor, Payton and Ragan Morris, of Florence, and Lainey and Crawford Morris, of Auburn. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Robert Batson, of Birmingham; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy L. Stone, of Huntsville; a sister, Dot Lehman, of Huntsville; a brother, Charles Stone, of Gurley; a niece, Landess Lehman Rawson, of Huntsville; and a nephew, Roy Stone, of Gurley.
Pallbearers will be Walter Batson Jr., Gene Crane, Robert Crittenden, Dean Sanders, David Morris and Scott Morris. Honorary pallbearers will be Byron Bower Sr., Bill Coussons, Maurice Cox, Sam Hardie Jr. and Tom Pebworth.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the Mary Jen Crane Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Building Fund, both at the First United Methodist Church.
The family offers special thanks to special friends, Gene and Ann Crane, Karen Holt, Pete Scharfschwerdt, Ferrel Mefford, Edith Meeks, Shirley Self and the staffs of J.W. Sommer Rehabilitation Unit, Shoals Hospital, Mitchell-Hollingsworth and Amedysis Hospice.
Elkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.
A quiet entrance Heaven did not receive. We will all miss her reserved and unassuming personality!
Published in Florence Times Daily from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2013