Mary Frances Whitley Batts

December 1, 1929March 11, 2014
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Frances Whitley Batts, 84 , of New Bern, died March 11, 2014 at Vidant Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper “Jack” Duke Batts on March 12, 2013. Frances attended Pleasant Acres FWB Church.

She is survived by two sons, Timothy D. Batts and partner Alan Rex Barnwell of Hendersonville; Steve E. Batts and wife Beth Perry Batts of New Bern; one daughter, Angela Offenberger and fiance’ Armando Zavala of Havelock; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, her beloved cat “Calico” and her best friend Sue Miller.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm Friday, March 14, 2013 at Cotten Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, March 15, 2013 at Lakeside Chapel, Greenleaf Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Colonial Capital Humane Society P. O. Box 326 New Bern, NC 28563.

Online condolences may be made to the Batts family at


  • Visitation Friday, March 14, 2014
  • Funeral Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mary Frances Whitley Batts

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Connie Nelson

March 20, 2014

Praying for the family during this very difficult time. Ms. Frances will be greatly missed. She will live with you in your heart through all the wonderful memories of her. God Bless!

Timothy Batts

March 18, 2014

I love you Mom!

C.A Ward

March 14, 2014

My condolences to family and friends.Frances will be soerly missed.May the God of tender mercies,bring comfort and peace during this time of grief.John 6:38-40.

March 14, 2014

I grew up on Hines Street next door to your mom and her parents Ed and Frances Whitley. She was very kind to a young girl who would come over to visit. I used to help take care of Angela "Angie" when she was a baby and have often thought of you all. You are in my prayers. May the God of grace comfort you all and give you the peace that passes all understanding .

Sandra "Watson" Bowling
Wilson, NC

Frieda & Gary Westberg

March 14, 2014

So very sorry, know you are missing her already, but just keep the memories in your heart and she will never really leave you. Our prayer are with you.

Louise Waldman

March 14, 2014

Mike and I are sad to hear the news of the passing of your beloved mom.
God be with you and yours, and bring you comfort.

Betty Rowe

March 14, 2014

I worked at Trent East Pharmacy. She always spoke kind words in her passing threw. I enjoyed our talks. She always took time to speak with me as she came into shop. I am truly sorry that she is no longer with us.Betty Rowe

James Midgette Jr

March 13, 2014

My friend, who gave me some advise at a young age 16 bagging and stocking groceries at Food Land ! I'm sorry for your loss and my prayers for comfort for this family.
James Lucky Midgette

Mary Welch

March 13, 2014

Tim, I know this is a very difficult time for you and the family, but know God doesn't made mistakes and Mother is Resting and Happy. We are keeping you and the family in our prayers.
Lawrence and Mary Welch

Juanita Oates

March 13, 2014

As difficult as this time is, may you and your family continue to be comforted by the love of family and friends, and memories of your Mother will always be a part of your life.