Brenda Gray Harrelson Batchelor, 71, formerly of Ocean Isle, passed away at her home on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Brenda was born in Whiteville, on July 30, 1948. She was the daughter of the late William Ernest and Nettie Windham Harrelson. Brenda was preceded in death by her parents.
Brenda graduated from Whiteville High School and Hardbarger Business College. She spent the majority of her life giving back to her community. Her lifelong passion was volunteering and philanthropy. She was a regular volunteer at both Rex Hospital in Raleigh and Grand Strand Hospital in Myrtle Beach, S.C. She also served as a Stephens Minister in the Presbyterian church for many years and served on the board of trustees for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. One of her greatest loves was serving in the N.C. Federation of Women’s Clubs. She began in the Raleigh Junior Woman’s Club and served as president. She also served as chairperson on the Board of Directors of N.C. Federation of the Women’s Clubs. Her work with the women’s club brought her immense joy throughout her life.
Brenda leaves behind many family members and friends who have been touched by her kindness and love. Because of her great love for philanthropy, the family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her honor to their favorite charities.
Friends may visit with the family from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11. Her funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Clancy Strickland Wheeler Funeral Home, 1051 Durham Road, Wake Forest. Burial will be in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Claude Batchelor Jr. of the home; one son, Brent Batchelor of Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Kathryn Harrelson Blackwell (David) of Wake Forest and Carolyn Harrelson Fitch (Kemper) of Kennesaw, Ga.; one brother, Jimmy Harrelson (Vickie) of Whiteville; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.