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Longtime Rome Pastor Floyd Lee Battles, Sr., died on Nov. 22 at Floyd Medical Center in Rome. He was 80.

A native of Anniston, Ala., Battles pastored several Alabama churches before coming to Pleasant Valley South Baptist in Rome in 1974, serving there until his retirement in 1996. During his tenure the church grew from 295 to 1,014 members. He also conducted more than 400 revivals throughout the Southeast and participated in numerous mission trips, helping plant churches in New York, Florida and Mississippi.

In Georgia, Battles was a trustee for both the North American Mission Board and Georgia Baptist Retirement Communities as part of his 62-year ministry.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Edna; son Floyd Battles, Jr. of Silver Creek; daughters Becky Turner and Beth Battles, both of Rome, and Ruthann Dabbs of Taylorsville; brother Charles Boyd Battles of Anniston; ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by brothers Harold and Thomas Battles.


Antioch Baptist Church Pastor Woody Lee died Nov. 26 at Gordon Hospital in Calhoun after an extended illness. He was 61.

A minister for 41 years, Lee served as pastor at churches across northwest Georgia, North Alabama and Indiana. He was also a member of the Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee.

Lee received training at Moody Bible College before graduating from and teaching at Covington Theological Seminary in Rossville. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Charlotte, daughter Amanda Nagl, sons James Woodrow Lee II and Phillip C. Lee, six grandchildren, three great grandchildren and sisters Vicki Lee LaShore and Annette Lee Nelson, both of Gadsden, Ala.