Saturday, September 22
2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sanders Funeral Home Chapel
806 E Market St
Smithfield, NC 27577
Sunday, September 23
Howell Chapel Church
214 E. Preston St.
Selma, NC 27577
Sunday, September 23
This is a tribute to her for all she has done to make life for others a happier one. For showing her love though kind, quiet deeds and always fulfilling her family's needs. For her guidance, sympathy, laughter and tears, her unfaltering patience and help through the years. For her devotion and wonderful ways, a tribute of love, with gratitude and praise....
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing...
2 Timothy 4:7-8
Mary Lee Battle Bryant daughter of the late John Henry Battle and Beulah Worsley Battle was born January 13, 1935 in Battleboro, NC and departed this earthly life on Friday, September 14, 2018. She was em-ployed by the Johnston County School System for 22 years where she later retired. After retirement she did various jobs caring for the elderly.
She was united in holy matrimony to the late Charles Ray Bryant in 1952. She was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She en-joyed being in the presence of her family and friends listening to good soulful music, laughing, and dancing.
She was preceded in death by: four brothers, Octavius (Shorty) Battle, Sylvester (Snag) Battle, Roy (Preacher) Battle, and LeRoy (Bo) Battle; and four grandchildren, Kimberly Fae Battle, Syretta Battle, Jada Taylor Duncan, and Diamond Battle.
She leave to cherish her loving memory: two sons, William (Peanut) Battle of Princeton, NC and Timothy Battle of Smithfield, NC; five daughters, Mary Holder (Donnie) of Selma, NC, Shelby Battle of Selma, NC, Sheila (Diane) Taylor of Raleigh, NC, Gloria Battle Benton (Charles) of Pikeville, NC, and Patrica Battle (Carl) of Princeton NC; sixteen grandchildren, two in which she raised has her own, Shanika Allen (Micky Bullock) of Princeton, NC and Tiffine Battle (Jerome Phillips) of Wilson, NC; twenty-six great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Mamie (Pookie) Smith of New Carrollton, Maryland and Minnie (Sue) Williams of Temple Hills, Maryland; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.