Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home

2051 East Napoleon Street, Sulphur, LA


Charlie Battles

March 9, 1945April 21, 2013
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Charles Warner Battles died Sunday, April 21, 2013 of heart failure and complications from a stroke suffered in 2006.

Charley was born in Tulsa, OK March 9, 1945, a son of Earl Battles and mother Ocey Battles Pack and was principally raised in Talala, OK by his mother and grandparents. He attended elementary and high school in Talala and Oolagah, OK until joining the US Army in 1962. While in the Army he went through basic training in Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo then spent the last two years , four months of his three year enlistment overseas in Germany as an Armor Intelligence Specialist. He was honorably discharged from the US Army July 7, 1965. After the Army he returned to Talala, OK and started participating in rodeo events across the United States eventually becoming a champion IRA Rodeo Assocation Steer Wrestler in 1968, 70, 71 and qualified for the PRCA National Finals in 1974. During this period he married in 1966 to which two sons were born then divorced and continued to participate in rodeos. He then bought a small ranch near Stringtown, OK continuing to rodeo until about 1993. He then bought a PRCA rodeo livestock company and named it Charlie Battles PRCA Rodeo Livestock Company in 1995 after moving to Detroit, Texas. He married Donna Granger in 1998 while living in Detroit, Texas then had a major stroke in 2006 after which he become totally disabled. He and Donna then moved to Sulphur, Louisiana later in 2006 where she cared for him until his death.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Donna; sons, Lance and Coty Battles; brother, Jim Battles and wife, Joyce, of Chelsea, Oklahoma; sister, Roxey Podpechan and husband, Frank, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Megan, Tye, Cheyenne and Sierra; two great granchildren; aunt, Joyce Spencer of Olive, Oklahoma; plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2013 at Mimosa Pines Cemetery North, Deacon Johnny Mounce will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday, 5 – 9 p.m. with a rosary at 6:30 p.m. and will resume Friday, from 9 am until time of service.


  • Visitation Thursday, April 25, 2013
  • Rosary Service Thursday, April 25, 2013
  • Graveside Service Friday, April 26, 2013


Charlie Battles

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Karla Donaho-Green

April 22, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless!!!
Your Cousin,
Karla Donaho Green

Rachel Cato

March 10, 2014

Did anyone Reba Mcentire and Narvel? I'm sure they would've gone to the funeral, they had known.

Kathy Yale

January 1, 2014

Donna, I just found out about Charlie when I talked to Vernon this morning. I am so sorry. Charlie and you hold a special place in my life and in my heart. I understand personally what you have gone through. Love you, Kathy

melanie folmer

December 12, 2013

Donna, Im so sorry about Charlie, I just heard I hope your doing ok. You guys were a great couple and glad you got to enjoy eachother the time you did. He was a great man and will be dearly missed. I will keep you in my prayers.....

Charles Battles

July 9, 2013

I'm on mobile lost server. Very sorry for family. Gust good memories. Riding that big bull

Charles Battles

July 9, 2013

I am also named Charles Battles from Denison TX. They call me Charlie but he's the number one.Remember your benefits for ranch house. You're a sweetie!

Libby Trussell

June 8, 2013

To the Family of Mr.Battles,
I know that you don't know me I just want to say that I'm so sorry for your loss. I have lost a son and he will be gone 13 years this June 23, and I still have so much of missing him. I know that one day I will be with him again and this makes it so much better to know, May God bless you all and to let you know that you all our in my prayers. Libby Trussell 1204 Royma Road Corning Ohio 43730 I used to live in Coffeyville ks, and Dearing ks, I startd to love the Rodeo and I fell in love with it. I just want you to know. I will be praying for you.

scott fritts

April 27, 2013

Donna, sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. I am honored to have known and blessed with alot of good memories. He was a true cowboy and friend.

Bo Hunter

April 26, 2013

Charlie, was a man among men, RIP,

Lea & Scotty Waller

April 26, 2013

So sorry for your loss. Charlie always spoke and talked to me when we were in Vegas for the finals. He was very lucky to have such a special lady to love and care for him all these years. I know it was hard for both of you for such an outdoors man to be confined. Now he's tall in the saddle again.