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Willie Mae Batchelor
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Birth: Mar. 6, 1929
South Carolina, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 2012
New Jersey, USA

Willie Mae Batchelor, (83), of New Milford, NJ was called home on Monday, October 29, 2012. Mrs. Batchelor was the daughter of Willie Moore and Mamie Ruth Drakeford, and the mother of five children Louise, Margie, the late Joann Johnson, John Edwards and Norman Batchelor, Jr.
Mrs. Batchelor was a graduate of the Kershaw County Public Schools System. She was baptized at Flat Rock Baptist Church in Kershaw, South Carolina where she remained a member until relocating to Englewood, New Jersey. There she became one of the founding members of the Community Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Joseph Wilson.
She continued supporting the Community Baptist Church under the leadership of the present Pastor Dr. Lestor Taylor serving as a Missionary.
While serving in the church community, Willie Mae was a Civil and Human rights activist. She worked and traveled with Dr. Martin Luther King throughout the south, often being incarcerated along with Dr. King during several of the marches. She was instrumental in desegregating the public schools, restraints, and helping to pave the way for better housing for African American families.
She was honored in a New Jersey Senator Resolution, introduced by Senator Byron Baer for her work as an activist who successfully spearheaded the desegregation of the Englewood Public School System. Recognizing her efforts as a founding member of the Congress of Racial Equality and a recipient of the Sojourner Truth Award, which is the highest award that the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. presents to a woman whose life and work parallels the life of Sojourner Truth. The award is presented to acknowledge the personal, professional achievements and contributions to the community. Thus the criterion includes outstanding community service, beyond the call of duty, contributions to human relations, toward elevating the economic standards of minorities. This presentation is considered the most prestigious event of the club year. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 58 for 26 years as well as the AARP.
Willie Mae found time to enjoy her family, friends and run a business, later teaching her grand's and great grandchildren the business.
She leaves to cherish memories: Her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Pinchback of Teaneck, New Jersey; two daughters: Mrs. Louise Edwards-Pair, Hampton, Virginia and Ms. Margie Edwards of Raleigh, North Carolina; two sons: Mr. John Edwards, of New Milford, New Jersey and Mr. Norman Batchelor, Jr. of Raleigh, North Carolina; 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, one aunt, Mrs. May Lee Thompson, Kershaw, South Carolina and a host of other loved ones and friends.
 
 
Burial:
Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Wrightstown
Burlington County
New Jersey, USA
 
Created by: Sheddy
Record added: Feb 10, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104916728
Willie Mae Batchelor
Added by: Sheddy
 
Willie Mae Batchelor
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