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Flavia Sorbo

January 1, 1926 ~ January 22, 2021

Services will be held: Private

Faye Buffaloe Warren

December 25, 1940 ~ January 22, 2021

Services will be held: January 26, 2021

Wesley Max Denning, Jr.

June 14, 1951 ~ January 20, 2021

Services will be held: January 24, 2021

Harold Dean Linkous

July 23, 1939 ~ Jan. 20, 2021

Services will be held: January 24, 2021

Mary Dillon

February 19, 1933 ~ January 19, 2021

Services will be held: January 22, 2021

Rose Purta

January 30, 1933 ~ January 18, 2021

Services will be held: January 23, 2021

Jean Hathaway Hinton

Aug. 10, 1932 ~ January 19, 2021

Services will be held: January 22, 2021

Claire F. Small

June 26, 1937 ~ January 19, 2021

Services will be held:

Danny Avery Batten

July 25, 1947 ~ November 1, 2019

GARNER– Danny Avery Batten, 72, passed away on Friday at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. A native of Johnston county, he was the son of the late Avery and Hilda Braswell Batten. Along with his parents, Danny was predeceased by a new born daughter.

The family will hold a private memorial service at Montlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5-7pm, Friday, November 8th at Bryan Lee Funeral Home in Garner.

Danny inherited his trade of masonry from his father, leading him to start his own contracting business. From 1989-91 he served as President of the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association before transitioning into a career of sales and technical support in concrete manufacturing. That change also allowed him to share his passion for cooking on job sites and events across the region. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Grissom Batten; daughter, Kelli Batten Adcock and husband, Craig of Garner; son, Collin Batten and wife, Alli of New York; sisters, Betty Pittman and husband, Mark of Pine Level, Mahilda Barbee and husband, Mike of Harkers Island; brother, Steve Batten and wife, Cathy of Selma; grandchildren, Blake Adcock, Rhylee Adcock and Elliott Batten; mother and father in-law Marshall and Shirley Grissom.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Duke University Hospital for their care and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Danny’s memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at donate.lls.org or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org


November 8, 2019

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner



  1. Joy Gilmore

    Beverly and children,
    We so loved Danny. He was a great neighbor and a greater friend. He had a heart of service to others and it was evident in everything he did for us here at the coast. He had a love for all of his family, especially his grand babies. I know he is heaven enjoying the place reserved for one who lived an abundant life and demonstrated his love for Christ. We are praying blessings of comfort and peace for you all.

    Tim and Jinx Gilmore

  2. Joan Beaman

    Beverly even though I didn’t know Danny as well as you he was always happy to see my sister Jean and myself every time we will miss him and please know you and your family are in our prayers

  3. Leslie Westbrook Collins

    My heart aches for your family, you will be in my prayers.

  4. Bill and Dorette Sellers

    Steve I am so sorry for your loss. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love to you.

  5. Ola H Branch

    Thinking of you and your family during this time. Danny will be missed by us at the beach. Let us know if we can help.

  6. Beverly Maidon Jones

    Steve&Cathy, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother.Thoughts and prayers are with the family

  7. Ken Holland

    Loved seeing Danny at all the masonry meetings
    And golf outings. His chicken and “ fixins “ were always the best! Danny had a great sense of humor, dry wit, and loved to sarcastically poke fun on anyone around on a golf trip! I will miss Danny! The masonry community will miss Danny. God speed , Danny. May God bless the family and bring you comfort. Ken Holland, Triangle Brick Company

  8. Pam Grissom

    Danny was a wonderful uncle my sons and a beautiful, happy soul on this Earth. Such a joy to be around. I’m so sorry for your loss. May your beautiful memories bring you peace Always, Pam Grissom

  9. Deborah Barbee. Corbett

    I know you’re filled with sadness, but there is comfort in two things. One is the wonderful memories, and two, the Lord’s promise that we’ll be together again. Prayers for all “The Battens”
    Much love to you,💗🙏

    Debby Barbee Corbett

  10. Bill Brooks

    We would always meet a day early on the MURDELL beach trip in January for dinner. Such a great friend and better person. I loved you like a brother man. There’s no pain and suffering now. Rest In Peace. Praying for you Beverly and the kids

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