Richard Howard Bateman

December 14, 1947October 8, 2020

St. Matthews – Richard H. Bateman, 72, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2020.

Graveside Services with military honors will be held 1:00 Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

Mr. Bateman was born in Detroit, Michigan to the late Leslie and Beulah Barkley Bateman and raised in Garden City, Michigan.

Richard served his country proudly in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict. While stationed in Thailand, with top security clearance, he engineered and built the wash racks that cleaned the planes after their missions over Vietnam. He achieved the rank of Sergeant.

He worked construction in Columbia, helping remodel numerous hotels. Richard was also in charge of pouring concrete for the ramp and garage at Carolina Walk and later on, installing doors and hardware.

In 1970, he met and married Carol Green, they have been married for 48 years. In addition to his wife, his sister-in-law; Cindy B. Nichols and her husband Staten; a nephew; Richard K. Baker and wife Melanie, great nephews and nieces and a great-grandniece survive him.


  • Burial and Military Honors

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020


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Kathleen Swygert

October 14, 2020


I am so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. Please know you are in my prayers.

Nichole Martin

October 13, 2020

Carol, I love you and loved Rick a great deal. You guys treated me like family always since I moved to SC and started working with you. Please know that we, Anthony and I are here for you if you need us. You are in my prayers always. We love you ❤🙏

Nikki & Anthony Martin

Cindy Nichols

October 13, 2020

Rick has been in our lives for so may years, it's hard to remember when he wasn't. He was a very special caring man. Many people have and continue to enjoy his workmanship of construction. He took great pride in everything he built. He will be missed. Love you brother. Cindy


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