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Sept. 22, 1935 Col., Dr., Rev. William Frederick Bateman was born Sep. 22, 1935, to Gladys Lee Funderburke and German Elisha Bateman in Memphis. Bill graduated from Union University, Jackson, and Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. He attended seminary in Kentucky and California. He pastored Baptist churches in Brownstown and Madison, IN, and a United Church of Christ church in Indianapolis, IN, while also serving in the National Guard. He enjoyed a short retirement and served Westminster Presbyterian Church of Fairfield Glade for eight years. He entered the Army to serve in the Chaplain's corps, which he did until retirement in 1990. Military assignments included Ft. Bragg, NC; Vietnam; San Pedro, CA; Brooklyn, NY; Stuttgart and Giessen, Germany; Redstone Arsenal, AL; Korea, and Ft. Bragg again. Col. Bateman served his country as a chaplain in the U.S. Army for 21 years. He attended airborne school and was a chaplain to special operations troops. He was a highly decorated soldier with two tours in Vietnam and was twice awarded the Bronze Star. Rev. Bateman was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Bill Bateman Jr.; his first wife, Josephine Frances White Bateman; and his sisters, Alice Haber and Barbara Lee Cohen. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Shirley Hudson Bateman; daughters, Susan Pitts and Katherine Weaver (Albert); grandchildren, Becca Pitts Pearson, Brandon Alexander Farlin, Noah Nicholas Weaver, David Terrill Pitts Jr. (Melissa), Rowland Whitney Pitts (Ryma) and Esli Terrill Pitts (Faith); and great-grandchildren:, Chelsie, Sean, Kellie, Ashley and Alyssa Pitts, Jessica and Angel Agwu, Kelly and Veronica Oberst, and Paisley and Presley Pearson. Also, nieces, Karen Crouch, Janet Robertson and Christ and Mary Flynn; and nephews, Mark and George Haber. A celebration of life service will be held Dec. 15 at the Community Church in Fairfield Glade at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cumberland County Veteran's Assistance Council c/o Cumberland County Bank, or Westminster Presbyterian Church. Crossville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  December 10, 2015
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