OBITUARY

Rev. Dr. George Leon Bateman

April 22, 1939March 24, 2012

Rev. Dr. George Leon Bateman of Ellenton, Florida died March 24, 2012 in Bradenton.

Born April 22, 1939 in Urbana, Illinois, he was the son of the late Rev. George and the late Bernice Bateman. Dr. Bateman graduated from Tallula High School in 1957. He served in the U.S. Navy Band as lead Trombonist from 1957 until 1961. He started his career in Computer Programming at the U.S. Treasury Department, and continued as Computer Operations manager at Naval Sea Automated Data Systems Activity until 1986. He also served as interim Pastor at Welcome Baptist Church in Maryland in the early 1970’s.

After his government career, he earned his B.S. in Music Education at Bowie State University, and his Doctorate in Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camille, Georgia. He served as Minister of Music and Associate Pastor, Marbury Baptist Church, and Pastor, Indian Head Baptist Church. After his retirement, he relocated to Ellenton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William E. Bateman of Dunnellon, Florida. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Eleanor Wood Bateman, by brother Harold E. Bateman of Ocala, Florida, daughter Sandra Leah Cleary and her husband James of Prince Frederick, Maryland, and son David Leon Bateman and his fiancée Lisa Matthews of Ridgeview, West Virginia, by grandchildren Michael, Brittany, and Brian Bateman, and by two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 29th, 10:00–11:30am at Palm View First Baptist Church, 415 49th Street, East in Palmetto, Florida. A Celebration of Life will begin at 11:30am. Graveside services will be Friday, March 30th at 1:00pm at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of Groover Funeral Home at Mansion Memorial Park in Ellenton.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 29, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, March 29, 2012
  • Commital Service Friday, March 30, 2012
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Rev. Dr. George Leon Bateman

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David Bateman

April 6, 2012

I'd like to express my thanks to all of our family, friends, Tide View neighbors, Palm View First Baptist Church friends, and Rick Groover and staff. Your caring sympathy and support is greatly appreciated through this difficult time in our lives.

Daddy .... I love and miss you very much! You are always in my heart and on my mind. "The Lord bless you and keep you ..... Till we meet again."
Your loving son,
David Leon Bateman

March 29, 2012

Please accept my deepest sympathy. May the peace and grace of God be with you all. Leon was a prime leader in the early days in St. Charles

Cindy Smith

March 29, 2012

Eleanor,

I am so sorry for your loss. I continue to pray for you and your family. May God provide you strength and peace through knowing Leon is with Him.

Holly Weissbach

March 29, 2012

Dearest Ellie,
I hold you close in my heart each day. Although there may not seem to be anything right about a world without Leon in it, there is something so very right knowing that he's with the Lord he loved so much and that some day soon we'll get to see both of their precious faces side by side.
Love,
Holly

FELICIA WILSON

March 28, 2012

DEAR MRS.BATEMAN
I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOST MR.BATEMAN WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PATIENTS IT WAS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO SEE YOU BOTH, MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, I WILL MISS MR.BATEMAN SO VERY MUCH.

Buck & Brenda Conner

March 28, 2012

Dearest Ellie & Family,
We are going to miss our dear Leon. Our every thought and prayer now is for you, Ellie. We love you and will be lifting you in prayer every day.
Love,
Buck & Brenda

March 28, 2012

Donald and Patricia Parthree

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