Dr. Constance Yvonne Battle, M.D., 65, of Knightdale, NC departed this earthly life on Tuesday October 27, 2020.
Constance Yvonne Battle, daughter of Lorenzo Battle, III and Sadie Juliet Battle, was born August 9, 1955, in Durham, North Carolina. She departed this life Tuesday, October 27, 2020. She joined the Church at an early age being the granddaughter and relative in a family of ministers, especially her grandfather, Rev. Jesse Patterson. Also, at an early age, she took to music, art and science like a fish to water. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC B.S. degree-Chemistry) in 1977; and in 1981, she earned her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and returned to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN). Thereafter, she moved to Raleigh where she heroically established an OB/GYN medical practice as a single black woman. Dr. Battle knew from an early age that she was born to be a physician. She believed that being an OB/GYN specialist was her calling, not just her profession. Some of her online reviews as a doctor include the following:
“While in conversation with a family member about gyn care, I was giving accolades to Dr. Battle for her absolute professionalism . . . Dr Battle was my GOD-sent Gyn for 16 years. I still consider her to be so even though she is no longer practicing. . . She is compassionate, concerned & gave her patients the time necessary to provide superior care. . . .Dr. Battle is a superb Doctor. I have been her patient for over 25 years. I will truly miss her. I received the best care and concern ever imaginable from a Doctor. Thorough and personable. I like that she was not too quick to just prescribe medicine, but helped you explore natural options if you desired. . . Dr Battle saved both me and my baby after a serious complication in delivery. . . She cares for her patients on a personal level that cannot be described, only experienced. . . I love Dr. Battle. She delivered both of my children over 20 years ago and continues to be a positive force in my life. . . I gave Dr. Battle the highest rating I could because she is the best doctor I have ever been to. I have been going to her for 20 years and I don't know what I would do without her. She always takes time to answer any and all questions. She doesn't hesitate to run what tests she needs to in order to help you with any problem she can. She always returns calls within 24 hours and has the best bedside manner I have ever experienced. . . I have been going to Dr. Battle probably since about 1993 and she is fantastic!!!! I love her she is the best doctor I have ever had!! She will come into the exam room and sit and talk to you like she has known you for yrs. Greattttttttt!! She doesn't forget things!!!!! I will sing her praises forever . . .”
Dr. Battle enjoyed farming, reading science fiction and fantasy, attending recitals and concerts, listening to sacred music on WCPE (Donate to WCPE), watching movies, singing, attending Broadway theatrical performances and traveling across the world. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Anyone who knew Dr. Battle also knew that she was a person of deep faith. She drew great strength from sharing prayers, sacred verses, as well as attending Bible Study Fellowship (Donate to BSF) and listening to Wisdom for the Heart (Donate to Wisdom for the Heart ).
With robust spirit, Dr. Battle leaves behind siblings, The Rev. Carmen Battle-Mumford, JD, The Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., Brother-in-law Rev. Jack Mumford, and Sister-in-law Dr. Rachael Battle, Ph.D.; four nieces and nephew, Khadija Mumford, Mesha Mumford, Sage Battle, Bliss Battle, Zion Battle, extended family, female patients, and many friends. Most importantly, Dr. Battle leaves behind thousands of babies that she delivered as a medical doctor who are now contributing their gifts and talents to their communities and even the world.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Battle will have a private memorial; however, her public memorial will occur online on November 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. The specific link to attend will be posted on www.michaelbattle.com on November 28, 2020. Instead of flowers, please donate your gifts in remembrance of Dr. Battle to the following:
1. The Kappa Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Scholarship Fund for female students pursuing studies in medicine or health care at UNC-CH. You can make a gift online at give.unc.edu. Please search for Constance Y. Battle in the “Search All Funds” and donate under ‘Gift Information’ or you may make checks payable to Arts and Sciences Foundation identifying “Constance Y. Battle – 104860” in the memo line. Mail checks to Arts & Sciences Foundation, 523 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. For further assistance contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2. The Sonya Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center at UNC-CH: https://give.unc.edu/donate?p=stnc select – General Gift Fund (026013) identify Why I Give – ‘In Memory of Dr Constance Y. Battle’
3. St. Paul AME Church: Givelify– ‘St Paul AME Church’ www.stpaulamechurchraleighnc.org (Contact info: 919-832-2709 office)
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