Celebrating the life of

Battey Nicholson Coffield

October 15, 1927 - August 07, 2020

Battey Nicholson Coffield

Battey Nicholson Coffield, 92, of Savannah, died Friday, August 7, 2020 in Richmond Hill.

Battey was the daughter of Joseph Robert Nicholson and Frances McWhorter Nicholson.  She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Albert Coffield, and her sister, Joanne Nicholson of Florence, SC.

Survivors include her sister, Frances Downie of Easley, SC, son, Richard Coffield, Jr. (Beth) of Bluffton, S.C.; Mike Coffield (Martha) of Richmond Hill; and Frances Coffield Thrower (Howard) of Cairo.  Grandchildren: Joseph Coffield, Josh Coffield, Katie Thrower Parvis (Daniel), Nick Thrower, Macy Thrower, Rob Griffeth, and Simon Griffeth (Carrie); great-grandchildren: Olivia Coffield, Robert Griffeth, and Franklin Griffeth, and several nieces and nephews.

Battey was a 1945 graduate of Savannah High School and a 1948 graduate of St. Joseph’s Nursing School. She worked as a registered nurse at the Florence Crittendon Home, American Red Cross and Chatham County Health Department.

She was a life-long member of Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church.

Private graveside service for family will be held at Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park.

Remembrances can be made to Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church.

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My mother grew up good friends of the Nicholson family. My grandfather and "Mr. Nic" worked together. I fondly remember Mr. Nic stopping by - even took me hunting once. Cilie and I remembered fondly stories of Joanne and Battey. While sorry for your loss-grateful that she has graduated to Grace in Heaven!

- Bill Sutton & Cilie, Savannah, Ga

"Mrs Battey" as I called her was one of my mother's dear friends and they graduated from Nursing School together. Mrs. Battey and Betty Mulligan and Jewel White joined with my mother, Josephine Murphy, and enjoyed playing bridge for decades... often enjoying their time together so much they would forget to add up the scores! As they got older, they switched to play bridge during the day rather than in the evenings. Mrs. Battey was always so sweet and such a lady! Please know I extend my deepest sympathy and know that the four "Girls" are now together again in heaven playing their beloved bridge!

- Josie Murphy, Savannah, GA

Richard, I am so sorry to read of the loss of your mother this past week. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Joe

- Joe C Upchurch Jr, Tega Cay, SC

“Sissy” Frances, Mike and Richard...I am so sorry for your loss. I just found out about Aunt Battey’s passing. I know the years go by quickly, but you have been in my thoughts. All my love...Susan

- Susan Sheppard Bartley, Griffin, Ga

Frances I am sorry to hear of your mother’s death. I know you will miss her dearly as I do mine. Remember the memories bc they are precious!!! You are in my prayers. God has you in the palm of his hand.

- Sandra Clark , Cairo, GA

Frances, Mike and Richard, I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of your mom, having spent a lot of time at your home on McLaws, long ago. She was gracious, gentle and made delicious coffee. Such a sweet soul! I feel so sad not to have been able to pay my last respects.

- Patty Adamcak, Savannah, Ga

Richard, Mom and I were very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Condolences to you, and your family. Marie and Lynn Fritts

- Lynn M. Fritts, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A Private Service Will Be Held