Clifton Lee "Jackie" Batts transitioned on Friday, December 28, 2018 in Montefiore Medical Center Bronx, NY. Clifton Lee Batts, affectionately known as Jackie, was born on January 11, 1945 and reared in Norfolk VA by his late loving parents Rufus Richard and Dorothy Ernestine Batts. Jackie attended Norfolk Public Schools and later moved to New York until he went home to be with the Lord on December 28th, 2018.
Jackie accepted the Lord as his personal Savior as an adolescent under the leadership of Rosa Bonds at Rising Sun Pentecostal Holiness Church. Jackie was a man who wore many hats: owner of Highway Production, a gifted singer, a mastermind of creation, a spiritual father, and a man of intrigity and dignity. He was always dressed to kill with his hair in place. Jackie was employed with New York Department of Social Service and he also was a backup singer for Johnny Mathis.
Jackie was preceded by his daughter Stary Batts and his brother Rufus Batts, Jr. He leaves to cherish his loving memories his aunt Addie Mae Whitaker and his uncles George S. Fisher and James A. Fisher, one sister-in-law Mary E. Batts. His nieces and nephews: Tracy Elliott (Johnnie), Levell Batts (Margie), Tanyia Moore (Sampson), Demetrice Jackson (Danny), Tariq’s Pray, Carnet Horton (Kim), Tara Moses (Don), Yasmin’s Bracey, Jarshatrah Stratton, Chase Sundiata. His godchildren: Marlean Johnson, Ericka Richard, Tarik Boone, Kingston Booker and so many friends that loves him.