William Russell Batten Sr.

Published 10:41 pm Tuesday, July 21, 2020

William Russell Batten Sr., 79, of Smithfield, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020. He was the son of the late Bertrand A. Batten Sr. and Rebecca Cofer Batten.

Russell is survived by his wife of 50 years, Emily Hash Batten; daughter, Lori M. Nelms (Billy): sons, William Russell “Bill” Batten Jr. (Angie) and Brent Martin (Joan); grandchildren, Kelsey Davenport, Krystal Chapman and Jessie Martin; great-grandchildren, Ali, Jackson and Wyatt.

Russell graduated from Smithfield High School, where he excelled in baseball and football. He enjoyed a long career with the Town of Smithfield and retired as the superintendent of Public Works. In his retirement, he enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his family and friends.

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The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at the Smithfield Center. Due to Covid, all are asked to wear a mask at the visitation. A private memorial service will be held with burial in St. Luke’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department, 1804 S. Church St., Smithfield, VA 23430 or the Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 97, Smithfield, VA 23431.

Online condolences may be registered at www.littlesfuneralhome.com.