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John Webster Batton, age 43

John Webster Batton, age 43, of Searcy, Arkansas died Friday, February 24, 2023.  He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 6, 1979 and grew up in Jacksonville.  In recent years, he had moved to Searcy.

John was well known as a kind and caring individual who was a people person. His sense of humor and easy going manner sustained many close friendships throughout his life.

John is survived by his parents Jane and Robert Batton of Searcy, his sister, Leslie Batton Gleason of Park City Utah and her children Grant and Gage Gleason. He is also survived by aunts, an uncle and many cousins.

Memorial Services will be held on Monday, March 6, 2023 at 3pm in the chapel at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to the burn unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock or the Humane Society of Pulaski County, 14600 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72210.

Arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service & Crematory, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.  John’s online guestbook is available at


  • Mary Aclin Posted March 1, 2023 6:55 PM

    So sorry for your loss

  • Julann Carney Posted March 1, 2023 7:54 PM

    My heart shatters with yours Jane & Bob. My sincere condolences on the loss of your loving son John. My prayers for you all. I’m so sorry.

  • Marybeth Hill Posted March 1, 2023 8:50 PM

    You will be missed friend. Sending up all the love and prayers to your family

  • Charles cadillac anderson Posted March 1, 2023 9:02 PM

    You will be missed my friend

  • Heather Curtis Posted March 1, 2023 10:02 PM

    John are one of my best friends. You have been my accountability partner in my recovery. My heart hurts so bad. My life will never be the same without you in it. I will keep making you proud as I continue my journey in recovery. I love you so much my sweet friend. You will be missed. My condolences to your family.

  • Lisa Belote Posted March 1, 2023 10:40 PM

    Bob, Jane, and Leslie, my heart breaks at hearing of John’s death. All my thoughts and prayers and love go out to you during this sad time.

  • Marleen E Eddlemon Posted March 1, 2023 10:53 PM

    What a shock! So sorry for your loss!

  • Mike and Kellie Mahone Posted March 1, 2023 11:02 PM

    Judge and Jane,

    We realize that the depth of our grief cannot begin to approach your own, but our heavy hearts are with you and your family. Both you and John are in our prayers.

  • April Jackson Posted March 1, 2023 11:03 PM

    I only knew John during the last year of his life, but in that short time he made a positive impact on my life, as I am sure he did many others. He cared. He told me lots of funny stories from his life and he told me many wise things I will always remember.

  • Cheri Wooldridge Posted March 1, 2023 11:15 PM

    You will be missed John!

  • Page Lindsey Posted March 1, 2023 11:25 PM

    Jane, I had no idea. My heart goes out to you and your family. God bless.

  • TerryRose Ward Bailey Posted March 2, 2023 12:01 AM

    My heart aches for you, Bob, & Leslie! There are no words to comfort parents at such a time… Please accept my deepest sympathy

  • Mary Jane Weindorf Posted March 2, 2023 2:37 AM

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Martha Poplin Posted March 2, 2023 4:37 AM

    I hardly know what to say, Jane and Bob…..I’m so very sorry for your loss and will pray for acceptance and comfort for you and all who love him.

  • Cherry Mary Posted March 2, 2023 5:56 AM

    I’m so very sorry. Words are never enough. God bless you and the family . May You find comfort in his love . Hogs to you all.

  • Scott Boulden Posted March 2, 2023 6:02 AM

    You will be greatly missed brother

  • Barbara Ellison Posted March 2, 2023 9:27 AM

    So sorry for your loss. My heart is hurting for you guys as I know how it feels to lose a son.

  • Cathy Babinski Posted March 2, 2023 9:28 AM

    Jane and Bob, my heart hurts for you. I pray that God will keep you in His arms and give you peace.

  • Angela Goodson Posted March 2, 2023 12:19 PM

    One of my most favorite and most impactful people I’ve had in my life. Your generosity and sincerity has helped me through many situations. You hold a very special place in my heart John!! Love you always!!!

  • Catherine Hipp Posted March 2, 2023 1:03 PM

    Jane, I am so sorry to hear this devastating news. You are in my heart as I remember our love and friendship.

  • janis henderson Posted March 2, 2023 1:22 PM

    I loved John and he will be greatly missed and always remembered

  • John Forte Posted March 2, 2023 2:25 PM

    Judge Batton, sorry for the loss of your son. The times I was around him he was outgoing and polite.

  • Leslie & David Dunn Posted March 2, 2023 2:52 PM

    Bob, Jane, & Leslie, So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

  • Cathy Brand Posted March 2, 2023 3:08 PM

    So very so sorry. May he Rest In Peace 🙏🏻

  • Betsy Jacoway Watson Posted March 2, 2023 3:59 PM

    Jane, my heart hurts for you in this terrible loss. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. ❤️

  • brown wanda Posted March 2, 2023 4:37 PM

    So very sorry for your loss, Jane. Praying for his entire family and his many friends.🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

  • Priscilla Parish Ashworth Posted March 2, 2023 4:59 PM

    Jane, Along with others, I offer sincere condolences to you and your family, along with gratitude for your friendship at Hall.

  • “Media” Ann (Boyd) Baker Posted March 2, 2023 6:13 PM

    Jane, I am so sorry for your loss. Many prayers for you and your family. 🙏🙏🙏

  • Nastasia Harris Posted March 2, 2023 7:35 PM

    Psalm 9:9 The Lord will be a high tower for those who are crushed down, a high tower in times of trouble.
    My sincere condolences to the family, we have not met but I have heard wonderful things about you recently. If I can help with anything please don’t hesitate to contact me. Please remember to be kind to yourself during this difficult time. I pray that You provide a time of comfort and rest for those whose hearts are hurting right now. Hold them in Your embrace dear God and Wrap them in Your love ,remind them that they are not alone, for You are with them. I know that your unfailing love will Soothe their heartache as they lean on You for comfort and guidance. May they hold on to You for strength, hope, and sustenance. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

  • carolyn mauldin Posted March 2, 2023 8:26 PM

    Jane and Bob, we are so sorry for your loss. Love Bruce and Carolyn Mauldin.

  • Michael McLeod Posted March 3, 2023 12:38 AM

    So Sorry for your loss Jane

  • Annajayne Free Posted March 3, 2023 2:12 AM

    Heaven gained an amazing angel my friend. Love and miss you!

  • Barbara Schilling Posted March 3, 2023 7:46 AM

    Bob and Jane, so sorry for your loss.

  • Julie Nelson Posted March 3, 2023 9:36 AM

    Oh Jane, I am crushed by the news. I am so sad with you. I know your memories will sustain you during such a difficult time. Love and prayers to you and your husband.

  • Phillip R. Whiting & Velma Whiting Posted March 3, 2023 2:17 PM

    So Sorry To Hear About John. Our prayers are with you.

  • Katrice Fields Posted March 3, 2023 3:11 PM

    I love you so much John, with all my heart.

  • Delta Collins Posted March 4, 2023 7:55 PM

    John….what is this??? My heart truly hurts…Rest in peace big homie. I’m so sorry for whatever it was you were struggling with…we’ll all get to see each other one day!! Our birthdays are coming up this weekend and you never forgot to wish me a Happy Birthday!! And you always asked about Aspen. I always told you I thought you’d be a good dad and now I hear you have one on the way…this is terrible. We all deserve life… I’m so sorry…
    Happy Birthday to you John!!

  • Chuck Spitler Posted March 5, 2023 2:50 PM

    Man I Will Miss you Deeply & Always Love &nrver Forget You my Brother Love you Rest now Bro

  • Stephen and Janice Pardee Posted March 6, 2023 8:59 AM

    So sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed being around him.

  • Walter Murray Posted March 6, 2023 9:42 AM

    Bob and Jane
    My memories of John are when he was a youngster at the cabins at Godfrey landing. John was a kind and gentle young man and always full of laughter. He would always join in at whatever was happening and was fun and funny. I am sorry for your loss.

  • Toby Deeter Posted March 8, 2023 8:19 AM

    I am very blessed to have been able to have known John. He will be greatly missed and I don’t believe he knew how many people loved him. From your pranks, shitty grin, to calling the Hogs I can’t imagine not seeing again. I pray for his mom, dad, and sister and all that knew him. Thank you John for being a friend and rest in peace my friend. I love you man.

  • George and Linda (Murphy) Norton Posted March 10, 2023 8:55 AM

    Jane, We are saddened by the news of loss of your son at such a young age. We will pray for you and your family and keep you in our thoughts. Peace be with you and God bless your family.

  • Amber Justice and Lee Spivey Posted March 13, 2023 10:30 PM

    Just heard about this. To the family, am so sorry for your loss. I have a good friend that would want to know about this and I’ll make sure to tell him. Condolences, love and light…

  • Linda Malone Pledger Posted March 30, 2023 2:04 PM

    Jane, no parent should have to suffer the loss of a child. My heart is with you and your family. May God hold you close during this difficult time.

  • Julie Blackwell Posted May 31, 2023 8:24 PM

    Love and will miss you dearly old friend. RiL

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