Pearlie Mae Barnes-Battle affectionately known as, “Bootsy and Melodie” was born May 12, 1959, in Rocky Mount North Carolina to the late Mr. Pearlie Battle and Mrs. Ruby C. Barnes. She confessed Christ at an early age under the leadership of the late Rev. William Bowser at New Bethel Free Will Baptist Church.
She graduated West Edgecombe High School, class of 1977. She attended Harbarker Junior College in Raleigh, NC, for two years majoring in fashion.
In 1980, she and Toney married. Pearlie became an Army Wife traveling along with Toney to Fort Brag, NC, from 1980 to 1981. They also lived in Bamburg, Germany from 1981 to 1983; Fort Knox, Kentucky from 1983 to 1986; Bad Kreuznach, Germany from 1986 to 1989; Fort McClellan, Alabama from 1990 to 1991; and in 1991, they moved to Weaver, Alabama, where they lived until her untimely passing.
In 1981, Pearlie gave birth to her first child, Antwan, on February 10, 1981, and her second child, Nikita, on March 25, 1986.
Pearlie worked for Tyson Foods in Gadsden, Alabama, from 1991 till 2005. In 2005, she started working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a Food Inspector at Koch Food Plant in Pine Mountain, GA. In 2008, she transferred to Tyson Food Plant in Albertville, Alabama. In 2012, she transferred back to Tyson / Koch Plant in Gadsden, Alabama, until she retired in February, 2020.
Pearlie was known for her high spirited and fun loving personality. She was a giver and provider for her family and friends. She loved shopping and finding bargains at the Goodwill, which was known as Pearl’s Boutique, and was one of her favorite locations. She loved to cook for and feed her family and friends. She is preceded in death by: her parents, the late Ruby C. Barnes and Pearlie Battle of Rocky Mount, NC; other family members who have already gained their wings, Ida Barnes Tucker, Bessie Fenner, Betty Clinton, Leon Barnes, and Brenda Barnes (Mother’s Side); and her Brother-in-law, Donald Battle.
Pearlie is survived by: her loving husband of 41 years, Toney Battle; sons, Antwan Battle and Senyo Botoklo; daughter, Nikita Battle; nephews, Eric Barnes and Dashawn Barnes; granddaughter, Loreal Battle; brothers, Robert Barnes (Edith) of Fayetteville, NC, and Donald Barnes (Annie) of Spring Hope, NC; sisters, Dianne Reddick (Melvin) of Dale City, Virginia, Mildred Weston (Eric), Sue Barnes, and Linda Jordan (Chris); loving godparents, Roscoe and Kazie Malloy; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.
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