Sadie Juliet Battle, daughter of Jesse Monroe Patterson and Julia Annie Gilreath, was born January 1, 1933, in Kings Creek (Lenoir), North Carolina. She departed this life Sunday, March 1, 2020. She joined the Church at an early age being the daughter and relative in a family of ministers, especially her father, Rev. Jesse Patterson. Also, at an early age she took to music like a fish to water. She graduated from North Carolina College (now North Carolina Central University) with a major in music and later was inducted as a Golden Eagle. Thereafter she moved to Raleigh where she worked as a music educator in the Wake County Public School system for about 40 years. Her signature card as a music educator was the many elaborate student musical performances for parents, friends, and faculty, particularly an adaption of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and student performances at “Pieces of Gold.” She attended many, many music workshops and conferences across the United States. For many years after retirement she served faithfully as a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the National Association for Music Teachers. In addition to serving as a public school teacher, she gave piano lessons and recitals for hundreds of students in the Wake County area. She was a regular and enjoyed attending many, many recitals, concerts and theatrical performances across the Triangle, particularly at the BTI Performing Arts Center. She was a member of Top Ladies of Distinction Inc and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. As a member of St. Paul AME Church in Raleigh, she served as minister of music, choir director, and organist for over thirty years. She was the choir director/musician for the Mass Choir formerly known as the Senior Choir. In 2012, the Music Department of St Paul produced and performed Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors in her honor. Anyone who knew Sadie Battle also knew that she was a person of deep faith. As she traveled the world, especially to the Middle East, Korea, Africa and Europe, her faith deepened even more. As a sign of demonstrating her faith she had an active lay ministry in the Church and regularly sent financial contributions to support international children ministries. She was also very supportive of the ministries of Patterson Grove Baptist Church in Kings Creek, North Carolina where she grew up.
With robust spirit, Sadie Battle was married to the late Dr Lorenzo Battle III and leaves behind children, Dr. Constance Battle, M.D., Carmen Battle-Mumford, J.D., The Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., Son-in-law Rev. Jack Mumford, and daughter-in-law Dr. Raquel Battle, Ph.D.; five grandchildren, Khadija Mumford, Mesha Mumford, Sage Battle, Bliss Battle, and Zion Battle; a devoted sister, Katie Jones, extended family and many friends.
Sadie Battle’s funeral service will be conducted at 12:00 noon Wednesday March 11, 2020 at St. Paul AME Church, 402 W Edenton St, Raleigh NC 27603 (Tel: 919-832-2709) preceded by an 11:00 AM visitation. Interment will take place at 10:00 AM on Thursday March 12, 2020 at Blue Ridge Memorial Park, 2017 Wilkesboro Blvd., Lenior NC
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Blissfulsage Foundation work with Hospice Care at www.blissfulsagefoundation.org. Checks may be made payable to:
Blissfulsage Foundation and mailed to:
Attn: Rachael Battle
2300 Sanderford Rd.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27610
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