Luther V. Battles

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Luther V. Battles, 85, of Waco, passed away Sunday, April 21st at his residence with his family by his side. Funeral services will be 9AM Thursday, April 25th at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel with Honorable Judge Bob McGregor officiating. Burial will follow at Cottonwood Cemetery near Hubbard. Visitation will be 6 to 8PM Wednesday, April 24th at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at

Luther was born September 23, 1927 in Brooken, TX to William Russell and Rosa Lea (Copeland) Battles. At the age of sixteen, he served with the Merchant Marines during World War II. He married Lenita Ruth Green on December 19, 1947 in Waco. He worked for Brown and Root, National Life Insurance Company, and Waco Tribune-Herald as a news distributor. He also worked as a supervisor for Baylor athletic events, maintenance for Heart of Texas Soccer fields. Since he did not finish high school and served during the war, the State of Texas granted Luther a valid high school diploma and he graduated from Abbott High School – Class of 2002. He coached his children in Little League Baseball and enjoyed fishing, and hunting with his grandchildren. He was a member of Park Lake Drive Baptist Church, Lions Club, Masonic Lodge #92, and the NRA.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lenita Green Battles; his parents; brother, J. W. Battles; sisters, Willie Mae Twitty, Virgie Sullins, Kathryn Battles; and great grandson, Christian Scott Parker.

Survivors include sons, Michael Battles and wife Annette of Waco, David Battles and wife Paula of Waco, Gerald Battles and wife Terrie of Waxahachie; daughters, Brenda McGregor and husband Bob of Hillsboro, and Pamela Kellough of Waco; 14 grandchildren, Jason, Aaron, Mike, Pam, Zack, Crystal, Caleb, Brandi, Ashley, Dusti, Heather, Tara, Sarah, and Phillip.; and 26 great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Park Lake Drive Baptist Church Building Fund.

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  1. Mr. Battles was always a true gentleman. I never saw him without a smile and a kind word for others. I worked with him at the Ferrell Center and always enjoyed visiting with him.

  2. Brandon and Stephanie Tucker

    We are so sorry for your loss. You all our in our thoughts and prayers. Love – Brandon, Stephanie, Brylee, and Blaire Tucker

  3. Brandy Green Jones

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Battles’ family. Mr. Battles is a wonderful and sweet man.

  4. Mike, David, Gerald, Brenda and Pam-
    We were so sorry to read about your dad. We know how difficult it is to have them leave us, but also that God will sustain you until the day we join them all.
    Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you.
    Donna Adams Zemanek
    Janet Adams Slaughter


  6. Joe and Sharon Messa

    We we sorry to hear of Luke’s passing. He was a great guy and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time of loss.

  7. Thinking of each of you at this time. I have very fond memories of Uncle Luke and he will be missed. Love you all!

  8. Thinking of each of you at this time. I have very fond memories of Uncle Luke and he will be missed. Love you all!

  9. Brandy and I are thinking of you and we are very sorry for your loss.

  10. Kay Sullins Alderson

    Some of my favorite memories of my childhood were times spent with all my aunts and uncles.. Uncle Luke was such a wonderful man.. full of love and laughter.. he was so loved and he will be missed.. I love you Uncle Luke

  11. Linda Twitty Jones

    Our thoughts and prayers are with y’all at this difficult time. I have many fond memories of visiting with Uncle Luke. I would bring mom down to Waco to visit with him and they would have such a good time. I know he is having a joyous reunion with his loved ones — getting to see his mother again after all these years. The Lord has promised those who love and believe in Him that we will be together again one day. All my love, Linda

  12. Luke and all his family are like my own family. We spent many dyas & nights at theri house. He was always a joy to be around. May God be with all of his family during this time of loss. Love you guys!

    Mark Donaldson

  13. Love you and will miss you

  14. Thinking and praying for you all. The home of the Battles’s has always been among my happy childhood memories.

  15. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. I know he will be greatly missed.

  16. Robert &Lisa Olivarez

    Gerald so sorry for your loss, your dad was great guy he will be missed by many
    may God bless you and all your family.

  17. On behalf of the members of Karem Shrine, let me take this opportunity to pay our respects to our deceased Brother Shrine Mason.

    Sam Moore
    Karem Shrine

  18. Stephanie. McConnell

    Pam. My. Thoughts. And. Prayers are. With. You.

  19. tracy herring hoffman

    My deepest sympathy for your family.gerald I’m really sorry for your loss prayers for your family

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