Friday, June 17, 2011

Rest In Peace Loved One

Herbert Batten
October 31, 1926 – June 16, 2011

My cousin Herbert was born in Douglas, Georgia and remained there his entire life. As a young man he took his bride to live on the land where his mother Eunice had been born. Eunice was sister to my grandfather and they had both been born there in a little log cabin on the land their daddy had turned into a farm in the 1880s. That cabin, though a bit shaky, still stands on that land and across the road is the family cemetery where my great-grandparents and my grandfather are buried. It is here where Herbert will be laid to rest, amongst other family members who have passed over the years.

Herbert with his wife and two daughters. He also had a son and five grandchildren.
Here I am a few years ago with Herbert and Doris
The Cook House. Herbert built this many years ago and it is where close to 100 family members gather at Thanksgiving.

Herbert never threw anything away and in the Cook House you'll find his collection of Ball jars and cooking implements, along with all kinds of other goodies.
Can you see those two racks of cast iron skillets on the back wall?
Goodbye Herbert, I will miss you so much. Thanks for all the family stories you shared, including the one of my grandfather when he fell out of the second story window right after the family moved from the log cabin into the "Big House" when he was just about four-years-old. I also want to thank you for the love you showed and for opening up your home when I came to visit.

Rest in Peace

Please excuse me while I take some time to mourn this loss. I will be leaving for Georgia in the morning to be with family.

31 Thoughtful Comments:

Loui♥ said...

my sweet sister of the heart and sea..
my heart aches for your loss..
but I smile at the thought of such wondrous memories you shared..
my prayers are with you for safe travels to and from..
via con Dios..

Karen said...

What a wonderful man, I can imagine that cookhouse filled with laughter and good food and much love - never seen anything like it!

Thanks for sharing your uncle with us, so sorry for your loss.

Jane said...

What a wonderful family man, your uncle was. I know you will miss greatly miss him. Thank you for sharing a piece of your family history with us. Have a safe journey to GA and back...and fill up on some wonderful family memories and stories...and love.

Kat said...

Rhonda I'm so sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. Know that his spirit will preside over that cookhouse. God bless. Hugs, Kat

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

What a beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing that with us. The Cook House looks like a fun place! I'd love to just walk thru it and look at all the cool stuff. Have a safe journey and we look forward to your return. HUGS!

Della said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Although this is a time of great sadness, you will always have your memories of your uncle. Don't feel sorry for the one who has passed, but those who are left behind.

Take care, and travel safely.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

A loss of a loved one is so sad, but the memories bring a warmth to your heart I know. Thinking of you and your family as you gather to honor your Uncle.

RottenMom said...

I will keep you in my heart and prayers as you travel to Georgia. I can just imagine all of the wonderful memories that were created in your cousin Herbert's cookhouse. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Safe travels to you my friend. XO

Desert Dreaming said...

Such a wonderful man, you are so blessed to have had someone so special in your life and I know it is hard to let them go. I pray God helps holds you up through this tough time, and precious thoughts of your special loved one helps you smile when you think of him. God bless him and your entire family. Thank you for sharing with us, how special his place and he himself was.


RobinfromCA said...

How blessed your family was to have this man be the keeper of your family stories and treasures. Sending prayers for you and your family at your time of mourning.


Low Tide High Style said...

Rhonda, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your cousin Herbert sounded like a wonderful man, and that you have lots of fond memories of your time together. I hope you find comfort in being surrounded by your family as you travel back to Georgia for the services. Thinking of you during this difficult time.


Kaybe said...

I'm so glad you were able to reconnect with your Georgia family & get to know them again. Drive safe and even in this sad time of loss - enjoy being with your loved ones.

Love ya!

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Rhonda
Thinking of you Rhonda at this sad time. Your Uncle sounds an amazing person. The Cook House looks a fun place for family gatherings and you will have wonderful memories to treasure I am sure.

Completely Coastal said...

All the very best, Rhonda!! So much change in your life since I've been here last.

jmac said...

Hugs (((SB)))

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Sending my condolences my friend. He sounds like an amazing man.
Big Hugs your way,

michelle said...

I am so sorry Rhonda, he looked like he was an amazing man with a beautiful and generous heart. Take all the time you need and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Ms. Bake-it said...

I am sorry to hear about the passing of your cousin Herbert. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. I love the Cook House and bet the walls echo with much laughter and many memories.

Be safe on your trip to and from Georgia. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.


Seashells and Southern Belles said...

That reminds me soo much of my dad's barn! He would love all of those antiques! Prayers for your family, he looks like such a sweet man :-)

sealaura said...

so sorry but what a neat man, that colection of jars is terrific. A thanksgiving that big must have been a hoot, take care dear friend.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am so terribly sorry, Rhonda. He seemed like a wonderful man and the kind of person who makes life happier for others. God broke the mold when he made these old timers. I adore his log cabin. What a neat place and how special that he will get to rest across the road.

Dropped by to let you know that all sorts of things are going on here in case you can't reach me. Fred is at Mayo. More on blog.



Arabella said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Rhonda. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your entire family during this time.

Big beachy hugs,

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Rhonda
So sorry to hear of your loss.. Your uncle sounds like he brought much joy into your life and being the storyteller has passed the baton to you I think!! He will be remember through your own sharing..

Take care and I will be thinking of you.. ciao xxx Julie

CHERI said...

Shellebelle, you aren't going to believe this. I didn't know your cousin but I do know his son...sort of. I know him through his ex-wife A.(I guess the divorce is final). I know their boys & just worked with them in Bible School last week. I taught A. in
2nd grade & she graduated with my son. I've known her parents (divorced) for years & years and go to church with them. Your cousin's death was announced in our church bulletin & that's how I realized who you wrote about. I am so sorry for your loss...he sounds like a wonderful person. Hope you had a good trip to south GA, although the heat here has been unbearable.

Anonymous said...

Rhonda - Sending you a giant hug. I am sorry for your loss. What a remarkable man your uncle was to have built a dining hall to share it with the people he cared about. I can imagine the love and laughter and ribbing that went on in that room.

This is my first chance to stop by since I've been sick with stomach flu all week. Take care of yourself.

Gypsea Nurse said...

So sorry my mermaid friend....
Sending hugs...

Anonymous said...

The Cook House is a wonderful family legacy. Your uncle sounds like a dear, dear man.

Sue said...

I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like an interesting man...just look at that collection. It seems an entire generation is disappearing quickly. Such is life I guess, but it is hard. Sending hugs and wishes for safe travel.

Anonymous said...

Hello there - I am so sorry to hear of his passing - prayers are with you and yours at this time ---

Take care of your heart and no people are praying for you and your loved ones---

With Sympathy,


Unknown said...

Rhonda, Herbert Batten was my 1st cousin 3 x removed. Email me

Herbert Batten (1926 - 2011)
is your 1st cousin 3x removed

Eunice Grantham (1899 - 1960)
mother of Herbert Batten
my 2nd great grand aunt

Elijah "Babe" Grantham (1857 - 1930)
father of Eunice Grantham
my third great-grandfather.

Nellie Grantham (1887 - 1952)
daughter of Elijah "Babe" Grantham
my 2nd great grandmother

Ira McCook Sr (1920 - 2001)
son of Nellie Grantham
my great-grandfather

Betty Jean McCook (1940 - )
daughter of Ira McCook Sr
my grandmother

Unknown said...

Rhonda, Herbert Batten was my 1st cousin 3 x removed. Email me

Herbert Batten (1926 - 2011)
is your 1st cousin 3x removed

Eunice Grantham (1899 - 1960)
mother of Herbert Batten
my 2nd great grand aunt

Elijah "Babe" Grantham (1857 - 1930)
father of Eunice Grantham
my third great-grandfather.

Nellie Grantham (1887 - 1952)
daughter of Elijah "Babe" Grantham
my 2nd great grandmother

Ira McCook Sr (1920 - 2001)
son of Nellie Grantham
my great-grandfather

Betty Jean McCook (1940 - )
daughter of Ira McCook Sr
my grandmother

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