William's Story

NEWPORT - William Harrison Batt, 79, died unexpectedly April 26, 2015, at the Veterans Administration Center in Togus following a year long illness. William was born in Brockton, Mass., on April 12, 1937, the son of Harrison C. and Marion C. (Doten) Batt.

William was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam era. He served for four years as a Radar Technician. He was employed as a furniture finisher at Ethan Allan for many years. He liked feeding and watching the birds. He loved playing his guitar, long walks along the railroad bed and Sunday drives. He loved animals, especially his cats.

William is survived by his wife of 48 years, Melva (Jones) Batt of Newport; an uncle and his wife, Glenn and Lois Cookson of East Freetown, Mass., and several cousins. He will also be remembered by special neighbors, Danny Murray, Debbie Bishop and Larry Gray. The family would like to give a special thank you to the visiting nurses and to the Hospice nurses at Togus.

Graveside services will be held later in the spring at Riverside Cemetery, Newport. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service Center, 34 High St., Newport. To sign an online guest book and leave written tributes, please visit: www.PhilipBrownFuneralHome.com.
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