James Dwane Batey

December 10, 1959October 19, 2016

James Dwane Batey, 56, of Charlotte passed away Wednesday October 19, 2016. He was born in December of 1959 in Anniston Alabama to Grover and Sue Batey. Although Dwane was raised in Charlotte, he never forgot where he came from and enjoyed visiting family often. Dwane was a lifelong learner and an avid reader. He graduated from Harding High School in 1978.

Dwane was employed by Hendrick Motorsports for sixteen years as a Fabricator in the Chassis Shop. He’s always had a passion for cars and racing. Even as a young child he spent hours drawing cars and dreaming about racing during school.

Dwane also had a passion for aviation and photography. One of his favorite events to learn about was WWII. He was a longtime volunteer at the NC Aviation Museum where he helped to restore aircraft. Dwane was lucky enough to be able to combine his love for aviation with his love for photography. An amazing photographer, Dwane had the right eye at the right time to produce that once in a lifetime shot.

Dwane was lucky to have so many great friends. He would be honored to know the outpouring of love during these last few days. He enjoyed spending time with his best friend Lindsay Edwards and going out with his friends every weekend. He was fiercely protective and loyal to everyone he held dear.

Dwane was loved and respected by all who knew him.

Dwane was preceded in death by his parents Grover and Sue Batey, and also by his nephew Gregory Goodman. He is survived by his sister Susan Batey Goodman and husband Ron, and niece Kristen Goodman.

A service to celebrate Dwane's life will be held at Forest Lawn West on Sunday October 23, 2016. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. and his service at 2:30 p.m. Reverend Robert Shaw will be officiating.

Arrangements under the direction of Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service, Charlotte, NC.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, October 23, 2016
  • Committal Service Sunday, October 23, 2016

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Nancy Perkins

October 27, 2016

We all miss chatting and joking around with you every afternoon while eating dinner at the Gardenia.
Your friend,

October 24, 2016

May you find comfort in knowing how much God care about you, and that he is going end Death forever. 1Cor.15:25,26;

Matt Oste

October 23, 2016

Dwane I have so many memories of time spent -from the time I first met you on the CH-46 project to the last time we restacked the hanger. The amount of aviation knowledge in your head was encyclopedic. You had technical skills and you weren't afraid to share your knowledge. As I remember you I think of what a genuinely thoughtful person you were. I can truthfully say that you helped me grow both personally and professionally, and for that I thank you.

Jay Stevens

October 23, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in your time of need. May God and friends lift you up. Dwane was a great friend and co-worker he will be deeply missed.
-The Stevens Family


October 23, 2016

My condolences and prayers are with Susan and her family. I LOVED DWANE, I THOUGHT HE WAS A VERY SMART MAN. I AM GOING TO MISS HIM VERY MUCH,

Derek Smith

October 23, 2016

When I started at Hendrick Motorsports, I wasn't sure if I belonged there or not. I didn't know if I had a place with the talented, experienced, and accomplished fabricators who I respected so much. Nothing was promised.

Dwane was one of the guys that reached out to me in that time and became a great friend. He let me know that I did belong there, made me feel at home, and helped me to understand what I didn't know.

It hurts going to the shop knowing I'll not see you there but you're in a better place.

Thanks Dwane, I'll never forget that for the rest of my life.

October 22, 2016

My sincerest condolences to the family during this difficult time. I pray for your peace and that you may be strengthened. Diane will be dearly missed.


October 22, 2016

Our sincere condolences to the family in the loss of your dear love one recently. May our prayers be as yours, that God provide his care and comfort you each day as needed. - Ps 145:18,19. We'll all miss Dwane

Dave McLain

October 22, 2016

Condolences to Dwane's family. I was his colleague at Hendrick since 2004. Our conversations usually involved Corvettes. Great memories. Will miss you buddy.

Jo Knight

October 22, 2016

Dwane was a very special person. I will truly miss him. I had the pleasure of working around him for fourteen years, and every morning he would say " good morning, sweetie." Something so simple as that can make a lasting impression on your heart. He always had an interesting story to tell. He was always kind and thoughtful. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. God's speed my friend.