John Battle Houston Hamrac, 11, son of Norma Roberson (Patrick) of Helena and James Houston Hamrac III of Mobile, Ala., died Feb 4, 2013.
John Battle was a Boy Scout, a football and basketball player and just won third place in the Phillips County Spelling Bee. He was an avid reader and read Wikipedia in his spare time. His other favorite pastime was spinning his globe, stopping it with his finger and learning everything he could about that country.
He inherited his great-grandfather's (Paul Battle Jr.) photographic memory and could remember everything he read. John Battle knew all of the time periods of the world, the dates of each and all the prehistoric creatures from the beginning of time to modern day and could write them in order and spell them correctly. He studied the wars of the United States and knew the strategies of how they were won or lost, which made him want to become a Marine. He wanted to go to the University of Memphis (because it was close to the Pink Palace) and become a paleontologist. He wanted to get married and have lots of children (he already had his wife picked out, although she didn't know it yet).
John Battle Hamrac leaves a huge loving family, his mother, Norma Hamrac Roberson and husband, Patrick of Helena; his father James Houston Hamrac III of Grand Bay, Ala.; two step brothers, Will and Quint Roberson of Beebe; his grandparents, Eunice Clifton of Grand Bay and James Houston Hamrac II of Douglasville, Ga., Lil Battle Long and husband, Henry Earl Long of Deeson, Miss., Gerald Edward Butts and wife, Stephanie of Glenwood, Kaye and Pat Roberson of Helena; uncles John Hamrac of Orange Beach and Battle Hamrick of Strayhorn, for whom he was named; and Chris and Jon Roberson of Helena; and his great grandmother, Norma Battle of Tunica, Miss. and lots of loving aunts and cousins.
He is also leaving behind his beloved pets, Yoshi, his ferret, Spiderman and Biscuit, his dogs, and his cat, Smokey Roberson.
His great grandfather, Paul Battle Jr. of Tunica, precedes him in death
Visitations will be at 5:00 at the home of Henry Earl and Lil Long, 1374 Shelby Deeson Road, Duncan, Miss., on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and the Roller Citizens Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Services will be held at DeSoto School, 497 Thunderbird Drive, Helena at 2 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 8. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Tunica immediately following the service with a reception at the home of Mrs. Paul Battle Jr., 5475 Highway 4, Tunica, Miss.
In addition to flowers, feel free to donate to your favorite charity or animal shelter.
Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena, will direct services. Friends and relatives may sign the online guest book at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.