Longtime Fixture in Baltimore’s Sandtown Community Passes Away at 75

John Battle, Master Barber

He retired two years ago following eye surgery at the age of 73. He cut several generations of hair and was known all over Baltimore. Everywhere he went someone would say, “Hey Mr. John you remember me? You used to cut my hair.”

While he loved cutting hair, his greatest love was his personal relationship with God. He was a member of New Life Fellowship in Pikeville, MD (Pastor Edward Ferguson). Minister Battle loved reading and preaching the Word of God. He received his Certificate of Ordination from Pilgrim Christian Baptist Church on October 8, 1999.

Over the years, he served as a faithful shepherd in God’s Kingdom. He was an Associate Pastor at Christ Temple Church under the late Pastor Levester Waddy. Other church affiliations included New Bethlehem Baptist Church, First Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, and Grace Memorial Baptist Church. In addition to his constant reading of God’s Word, one of his favorite pastimes was watching Shepherd’s Chapel with Pastor Arnold Murray every weekday at 5:30 a.m.

Minister Battle was witty, wisecracking, and funny. Back in the day, the popular barber loved buying new Cadillacs with white-wall tires, which he always kept pristine. A handsome man and dapper dresser, he stayed as sharp as his razor with his suits, shoes, hats and manicured nails.

Minister Battle leaves to mourn his children: Ursula V. Battle, LaTonya (Toni) M. Battle-White, Tyiese (Moonie) M. Battle, Jonita G. Battle, Shantel Washington and John (Lil’ John) Battle, Jr.; 14 grandchildren: TaKisha, Devin, Michael (Man), KaNeisha (Pumpkin), Vashtied (Girly), Jermaine, Lania, Mark, Marquis, Asha, Joy’Day (Joy), Linnard, Lynnya, and Skylar; two great-grandchildren: Keon and Tyler; close friend “Miss Doris”, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.