In Loving

Janet Diane Battle

January 27, 1962 – April 5, 2021

Janet Diane Battle, 59, of Richmond, VA passed away Monday, April 5, 2021 at The Laurels of University Park. She graduated from Maggie L. Walker High School Class of 1981. Janet loved music, cooking, shopping, and her greatest love was her daughter, Tamara. Preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, Alexander and Macherine (Comer) Battle; and her sister, Rhonda (Ron) Harris. Left to cherish her memory are her loving and devoted daughter, Tamara Deprise; sisters, Paula Payne, Mona (Oscar) Taylor, Lana (James) Martin, Gilda J. (Paul) Battle Taylor; niece, Ashley Harris; nephews, Shawn Ross, Ramon (Alicia) Ross, and Dante Taylor in addition to other relatives, extended family, and friends. A private family gathering will be held from 12:30-1:30pm on Monday, April 12, 2021 at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery. Online guest book is available at




  1. Paul & Gilda Battle Taylor April 8, 2021 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Dear Sister, we will always love you!

    The Final Flight
    Unknown Author

    Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
    I’m following the path God laid for me.
    I took his hand when I heard his call,
    I turned my back and left it all.

    I could not stay another day,
    To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
    Tasks left undone must stay that way,
    I’ve found that peace at the end of the day.

    If my parting has left a void,
    Then fill it with remembered joy.
    A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
    Ah, yes, these things too I will miss.

    Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
    I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
    My Life’s been full, I savoured much,
    Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

    Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
    Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
    Lift up your heart and share with me,
    God wanted me now, He set me free.

  2. Denise Atkinson April 8, 2021 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    My condolences to the family. May God continue to bless your family with peace during this time.
    Denise Atkinson

  3. Stanley Comer April 8, 2021 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Of course, these words are for the family from your Cousin Stanley Comer.
    I wish I had the “magic words” to stop all grief, but that’s not possible. So, do your grieving however you need to and then know that Janet is in a better place. Now, take care of yourself. Janet proved that the oldest doesn’t have to go first. So, ENJOY YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST! Let those you love know you love them. Spend time with them and make GOOD MEMORIES! The day will come when that’s all you will have. Now, flip back through the good memories of Janet as often as you can and keep her presence in this space.
    Cousin Stan

  4. Temple Stewart April 8, 2021 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. My prayers for peace, comfort, and love go out to your family during this difficult time.

  5. Lana and James (Jimmy) Martin April 9, 2021 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Dearest Janet,

    My heart is broken, but I will be able to piece it back together eventually because a little bit of you will always live in me. You are my hero. Rest in peace.

    Love you

    Lana and Jimmy

  6. Oscar and Mona Taylor (Dante) April 9, 2021 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    We are so thankful for the 59 years God granted you, the many times we shared in going to dinners. amusement parks, state fair, birthday gatherings, shopping and just coming to check on you and your family. We are going to miss her. According to the Bible in Corinthians this is just a temporary sleep and that Janet will be resurrected. We shall see each other again. Thank God for His Truths.

  7. Jacquelin Crumm April 9, 2021 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear of Janet’s passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. . Keeping trusting God and know she is resting in peace. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.


    Jackie and Family

  8. Cathy Green Kenney April 10, 2021 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Sending Heartfelt Condolences To Gilda and her Family in the Loss of her Sister. May God Render You All Peace, Understanding but most of All Comfort! God Bless!!????????

  9. Darlene Bozeman April 10, 2021 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Condolences to you and your family my Soror Gilda. She is at peace now with God. ??

  10. Annette Miles April 10, 2021 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    So sorry Gilda to hear about the loss of your sister. Praying for strength for you and your family during this difficult time.
    May her soul rest in peace. ❤️

    • Gina M Sikoutris April 11, 2021 at 1:06 am - Reply

      Sending prayers of comfort and healing as well as our heartfelt condolences to my cousins Tamara,Paula, Mona, Gilda ,and Lana, on the loss of their beloved
      Mother & sister Janet Diane Battle. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, she’s now safely resting in the arms of Jesus. May the precious memories you all shared be indelibly memorialized on your hearts. May God forever bless the life, love, and legacy of Cousin Janet Diane Battle. Blessings & peace. We love you, your New York Family, Gina, Mike, Evan, & Michael Christian Sikoutris❤️?✝️

  11. Iris Washington April 10, 2021 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    I will miss saying the names of my six beautiful cousins and closing with you at the end Janet. It was almost poetic to recite. Although you have gained your wings, you will forever be in my heart.

    May God provide strength, peace
    and comfort to Tamara, Paula, Mona, Lana and Gilda as you Janet join your sister Rhonda and parents in eternal glory ❤ ✝️.

  12. Carolyn Evans April 10, 2021 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Carolyn Downey Evans March 10, 2021

    So sorry to hear that another daughter of Aunt Macherine and Uncle Alex’s daughters has left a void in the Comer/Battle family. Please find comfort in knowing our HEAVENLY FATHER makes no mistakes. With love and sympathy.

  13. Belinda Howard Kelvin and Christopher Latta April 10, 2021 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    Wow cuz words cannot express the sadness I feel losing another cousin. Janet it’s been a long while since we seen one another but remembering the good family times that we shared growing up is all that is planted in my heart ❤️ my soul and my mind…. know that you are loved and we will meet and rejoice again

    • Mary Frances Comer Rogers and John April 11, 2021 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      May you find strength from the love and care that surrounds you. Comfort in the memories of all you shared. Peace as you move forward with your loved one in your heart. We love you dear cousins and are keeping you lifted in prayer.

  14. Barbara Comer-Thorpe April 12, 2021 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Offering my sincere condolences to you all. It’s been a long, long time since I last saw Janet, but know that our Heavenly sees your tears, hears your prayers, He will heal you. (2 Kings 20:5). To my family of Battles/Comers, I offer Numbers 6:24-26. May Jehovah God keep Janet in His loving memory.

  15. Greta Wilkerson-El April 13, 2021 at 11:23 am - Reply

    In this sorrowful time, I would like to extend to you, my cousins Tamara, Paula, Mona, Lana and Gilda, my heartfelt condolences. I pray that loving memories of Cousin Janet bring peace, comfort, and strength to you all. Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you. May God rest Cousin Janet’s soul in peace!

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