May 20, 1963 ~ October 25, 2019

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Greer, SC

Michael Curtis Batts, 56, of Greer, SC, passed away on Friday, October 25, 2019.

A native of Buncombe Co., Michael was a son of Curtis H. Batts and of the late Mary Elizabeth Fairchild Batts. He worked as a telecommunications engineer for 30 years.

Surviving in addition to his father are his forever friend and companion, Cheryl Miller; sisters, Diane Holder and Teresa Smith (Robert); and nieces, Danielle, Jamie, Amber and McKayla.

The memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8, at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. The family will receive friends following the service.

A celebration of life will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, at the 305 Lounge & Eatery at 305 N. Main St., Hendersonville.


Memorial Service: November 8, 2019 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Celebration of Life: November 10, 2019 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

305 Lounge & Eatery
305 N. Main St.
Hendersonville, NC

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  1. I moved to Asheville in 1984 to work at WKSF / WISE and Mike was one of the first good friends I made. He was a board operator and doer of other odd jobs around the place. Over the years, Mike taught me a lot about and helped me fix my car. After having a bicycle wreck at night in the radio station driveway, Mike is who drove me to the hospital (he used to drive a black Toyota Supra and I think he got me there (a distance of over five miles) in about five minutes. An ambulance couldn’t have done it better. Mike was often around the radio stations at night when I worked and made several appearances on my radio show. Among other things, he was the guy who “brought in the monkey” (I had a recording of an organ grinder with a screeching monkey…often when reading announcements or sports scores I’d say “I think this would be more fun if we had a monkey in here, can we have the monkey brought in please?” Mike (yelling from the top of the stairs): “YOU WANT THE MONKEY? OK!” I have a recording of this.) Well, my only regret is that I lost touch with Mike over the years. Over the last two years I’ve been visiting the area and looking up old friends, very sorry that I didn’t find him in time. But he’ll always live in my memories as a wonderful person and great friend.

  2. Mike, I will carry you in my memories until I don’t have any left. You have been a good friend for over 20 years. RIP Batman!

    When Mike moved from Washington State to Michigan, he came to help with the engineering at a rapidly growing telecommunications company (LDMI). We worked with some great people and many of them became his friends.
    We worked together for over 10 years with 5 of those sitting side-by-side. We were a pretty formidable team. We rode motorcycles together. We stayed in regular contact when he moved back to Asheville. He tried to help me get a position working with him again earlier this year. Always willing to try and help others.
    I became very familiar with his Diabetes and how to help him, if needed. Which I did numerous times. I kept harping at him to check out pumps. I was so glad when he told me he got one and that it was helping him significantly.
    I got to meet his parents when they came to visit him in Michigan. Easy to see why he wanted to move back home.

    My heartfelt condolences to all the people connected to Mike everywhere.

    I will miss you, Mike. Thank you for everything. RIP, Brother.

  3. I’ve known Mike for almost 20 years working in some fashion or another with him. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t know half as much as I do in our field of telecommunications. He was always willing to drop what he was doing to answer a question, or just shoot the breeze. The true definition of a great guy, he will truly be missed. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends during this tough time.

  4. I worked with Mike at Microsoft many years ago. Mike was a very kind human being, he had a great sense of humor and someone who I always enjoyed being around.

    RIP my friend…..

  5. I worked with Mike close to 20 years, and he was always my next level of support and I always looked forward to talking to him whether it was work or a friendly conversation. He was always appreciative of the techs he worked and was thankful for our help even though he would be the one helping us. I owe a lot to him for what he taught me, and for being a friend and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for him. He will be missed greatly, and the world is short one of the great guys. My sincerest condolences.

  6. I’ve known Mike for 38 years. He was a great kid and grew into a kind, intelligent man with a big heart. Mike and I talked a couple of weeks ago and we talked about the past. He said he had a great life with very few regrets. We were planning on getting together soon. I will miss you little brother.

  7. Diane,Teresa, Curtis and family, I am so sorry we can’t be with you Friday. (David is having knee surgery that day). Michael was a wonderful person and was loved by so many. I have many wonderful memories Mary shared with him. Our love and prayers are with you all.

  8. Condolences to all who knew and loved Mike. We were not personally acquainted with him but have been associated with our church sister Cheryl for many years. Our prayers and love at this time of heartbreak.

  9. Cheryl, I am so sorry to hear about Mike, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I had not met Mike personally but I feel that I knew him thru You. My Prayers and Love to You .

  10. Mike was a colleague and a very great friend. Anyone that knew him loved him. I will miss him. Comfort and prayers to the family and Cheryl. I am so sad to see this.

  11. Mike was a colleague and a very great friend. Anyone that knew him loved him. I will miss him. Comfort and prayers to the family and Cheryl. I am so sad to see this.


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