07/02/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Holly Batson

Patrick Holly Batson
(10 July 1940 - 29 June 2006)

Hampton High School Class of 1958


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Somewhat belatedly, we have more sad news to report. 

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA to the Class of 1958 - 06/30/06 - Obituary of Holly Batson:

Dear NNHS Classmates,

The obituary of Holly Batson is attached. Many of you will recall that Holly began dating    Sandra Walker ('60 - of NC), younger sister of our 1958 classmate Dennis, in about our Junior or Senior year.

   Thank you for sharing this, Joe.  Dennis and Sandra are the older siblings of    Lynn Walker Brothers ('65 - of VA).  Lynn's husband, Barry Brothers (York High School - '65) is also well-known to our classmates.

   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the entire family.


From the Daily Press - 06/30/06:

  Patrick Holly Batson

CLEMMONS, N.C. - Patrick Holly Batson of Clemmons, N.C., died Thursday, June 29, 2006, at his home. He was born July 10, 1940, in Marion, Va. Patrick Batson was the son of the late Frederick Hal Batson and Sophie Kloeckler Batson. He was a 1958 graduate of Hampton High School in Virginia. He had served as the corporate quality systems manager at Hayward Industries for the past three years. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sandra Walker Batson; his daughter, Stacie Batson Kravchak of Virginia Beach, Va.; and his two sons, Christopher Holly Batson and Patrick Shea Batson, also of Virginia Beach, Va. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 1, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4820 Kinnamon Road, in Winston-Salem. A celebration of life will also be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at the home of Barry and Lynn Brothers, 304 Dogwood Drive, Newport News, Va. Friends please feel free to join the family to celebrate the life of a wonderful man. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials to be made to the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society of the United States.

Published in the Daily Press on 6/30/2006.  
Guest Book

Dear Sandra,

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. I still remember Holly from when you began dating. He had the coolest walk of anyone I've ever known. I am glad the two of you were able to enjoy such a long marriage.
Joe Drewry (Hampton, VA ) - June 30, 2006
Holly was a true Saint---a good family man--a good husband--a good friend---We will truly miss him.
Aubrey & Myra Gibbs (Washington, NC ) - June 30, 2006
Dear Sandra, Stacy, Chris and Shea,
Holly was a wonderful person whom we shall always remember fondly. Please, accept our deepest sympathies.
Paul & Kay Benos (Lancaster, PA ) - June 30, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Darlene Irwin (Columbia, PA ) - June 30, 2006
Holly was a Loving Husband, Devoted Dad, Trusted Co-worker, and Dearest Friend. We will miss him forever.
Truly one of the "Good Guys" in this world.
Rick and Denise Dastous (Pfafftown, NC ) - June 30, 2006
Dear Sandra, A rush of sadness came over me when I got the email saying Holly had passed on. He will live on in my heart as he will yours. He is not gone, he is just away. What a great couple you were. Anything I can do for you please let me know.
Tommy Crocker (Va. Beach, VA ) - July 1, 2006
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Rudy Ruskey (Maryville, TN ) - July 1, 2006
Dear Sandra, my dear childhood friend, and Family - Words could never begin to express the sadness I feel for all of you. I can see in my mind's eye you and Holly and your smooth dancing. Please know I am here for you if you need me. With sincerest sympathy and Love, Evelyn Fryer Fish and Dick
Evelyn Fish (Ft Worth, TX ) - July 2, 2006
We are thinking of you and your family during this very sad time. You will continue to be in our thoughts.
Charles and Pauline Shofner (Newport News, VA ) - July 2, 2006
Holly was a great guy who was always able to listen and help. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Jack & Maureen Irwin (Norfolk, MA ) - July 3, 2006
Condolences from a fellow native of Marion, Va.
Lewis Garnett (Winston-Salem, NC ) - July 3, 2006  
I really enjoyed working with Holly. Friendly, a good attitude and sense of humor. Gave me some good pointers on operating my computer. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Dick Cunningham (Manheim, PA ) - July 3, 2006  

I want you to know I treasure the memories of my time spent with Holly at work and during several trips we made together. Your husband remains in my mind as a real gentleman and friend. He is someone I will appreciate remembering through the rest of my life.
Bill Thomas (Columbia, PA ) - July 3, 2006  
My heart goes out to you and your family with your loss of Holly. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Wayne & Martha Agee
Wayne Agee (Hernando, FL ) - July 3, 2006  
I will never forget Holly, he was a great gentleman and terrific person. Remember he is at rainbow bridge.
Kathy Leque (Columbia, PA ) - July 3, 2006  
Sandy, my memories of Holly are one of fun, laughter and sometimes trouble in high school when he and I would sing "Get A Job" in Miss Rowe's home room, but it was worth it listening to her scream at us. What a laugh we had. I will never forget watching him dance, what a dancer. May God give you and your family peace and comfort at this difficult time.
Ronnie Green (Hampton, VA ) - July 4, 2006  

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Batson and Walker families at this time.

  From Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA - 07/06/06 - "Holly Batson":

Dear Carol:
I just wanted to write to thank you for announcing Holly's passing.  It has been very difficult for the family and it was really nice for my sister   (Sandra Walker - '60 - of NC), to get all the supportive messages.  You do such a great job of keeping us all informed.  Hope you are well.
Thanks again,

   I'm glad I was able to provide that service, Lynn.  Again, please pass along our deepest sympathies to Sandra.  Y'all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.


   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Lead, Kindly Light

Words by John Henry Newman, 1833
Music by John B. Dykes, 1865

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

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