Probate Judge loses battle with COVID-19 Monday

By MYRA THRIFT
Staff Writer
“A truly beautiful soul has left this world and I am going to miss her terribly.”
Those were the words of Brantley County Chief Magistrate Jeff Thomas upon learning of the death of Brantley Probate Judge Karen Batten at a Savannah hospital Monday afternoon, October 19.
Thomas said he considered Batten “a dear friend” and had enjoyed a good working relationship with her over the years. “I considered her a great friend,” said Thomas.
Brantley County has once again been hit with an untimely death of a public figure who treated everyone like family and cared for folks of all ages, young and old.
Probate Judge Karen Batten died about 5:45 p.m., Monday after a battle with COVID-19 and related issues.
Former Probate Judge Johnny Crews said Batten worked with him in the Probate Office for 18 years.
Crews retired at the end of 2016 and Batten was elected to begin her career as a probate judge, starting January 1, 2017.
Crews said he learned of Judge Batten’s death about 45 minutes after it happened.

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