OBITUARY

Thomas Joseph Batey Jr.

August 25, 1936April 7, 2013

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church for Thomas Joseph Batey, Jr., 76, of Gadsden, who passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013. Father Grey Bean will officiate. Burial will be at Crestwood Cemetery. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services is directing. Mr. Batey entered this world August 25, 1936 to his proud parents, Florence Conyers Batey, and Thomas Joseph Batey, Sr. He was raised in Nashville, TN with his four brothers and two sisters. He graduated from Father Ryan High School June 1, 1954. He entered the U.S. Navy August 15, 1955 and was discharged honorably September 15, 1957. On September 16, 1957, Batey began college at Jacksonville State University. He graduated May 30, 1963 with a business degree and ended his Republic Steel career. He worked a brief time at Casey Enterprises before finding his true passion for ground engaging tools and went to work for a supply company, where he worked 11 years, mastering his trade. Batey and his partner and cousin, Jimmy Sanders, started Batey and Sanders Inc. July 1, 1977, selling ground engaging tools and road building supplies. Batey built the business to what it is today and has two locations. Batey and his wife, Beverly, have four daughters, three sons-in-law and four grandchildren. Mr. Batey served as an Etowah County Commissioner. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was inducted into the Alabama Road Builders Hall of Fame. He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Joseph Batey, Sr and Florence Conyers Batey; and brothers: James Timothy Batey, and John Michael Batey. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Beverly Batey; children: Anna Batey (Sam) Bierstock, Connie Batey Scroggins, Kaki Batey (Joey) Hughes, and Jeanne Batey (John) Boyd; grandchildren: Thomas Brice Hughes, Samuel Batey Hughes, Daniel Robert Scroggins, and Emily Anne Scroggins; sisters: Judy Mills and Barbara Batey; brothers: Brantz Batey, and Stephen Batey; and serveral nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be: Thomas Brice Hughes, Samuel Batey Hughes, Daniel Robert Scroggins, Joseph Hughes, John Boyd, Michael Allen Mitchell, Frank Shew III, and Roger Mills. Special little buddies: Keith Mims, Phillip Crain, Charlie Watts, M.B. McCartney, Lynn Clayton, Bill Burnett, Stan Daily, Fred Sington, Alan Berman, John Dawson, and John Troncale. Special thanks to Howard and Brenna Moglovkin for your loving care for the past 7 years. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church or School. Visitation will be at St. James Catholic Church, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.collier-butler.com.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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Thomas Joseph Batey Jr.

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May 9, 2013

Beverly - I was deeply saddened to hear about Tom -- he fought a long, hard battle. His big smile and wonderful personality will be missed. I was out of town and did not get to visit with you and the family, but you were in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you now and down the road, as we all know he will. Hope to see you soon.
Love, Betty Davis

Linda Miller MacBay

April 17, 2013

Sincerest condolences to the family. I believe Tom was a friend of my father, James E. Miller. Dad always spoke highly of him.

April 17, 2013

Dear Beverly, Judy and your families,
We were so very sorry to hear about Tom.
He was such a kind and fun person, always willing to help anyone in need.
We send our love and prayers for you all.
Gloria and Bill Eubank

Andy and Suzie Cook

April 16, 2013

Beverly and the girls;
Tom will be missed by all. He was always kind and warm to everyone, and always had a dry note of wisdom for us, as well. I was so saddened to hear that he had passed. I'm glad we had a chance to speak recently after mass. We'll miss him. God Bless you and the family during this time. You'll continue to be in our prayers!

Marci Wietchy Elliott

April 16, 2013

My condolences to Beverly and the Batey family. I remember Tom when I was growing up in Gadsden -- he was a kind, caring and thoughtful person with a good sense of humor. May he rest in peace.

TERRY KEENUM AND PAM LOVETT

April 12, 2013

BEVERLY, WE WERE SO SADDENED TO HEAR THAT TOM LOST HIS LONG HARD BATTLE. HE ALWAYS SEEMED TO BOUNCE BACK BUT WE KNOW HE MUST HAVE BEEN SO WEAKENED BY ALL OF HIS TREATMENTS. HE WILL BE SO MISSED AND MY WISH FOR YOU IS PEACE AND COMFORT IN KNOWING HE HURTS NO MORE AND IS HEAVEN NOW. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR GIRLS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

Andrea Dunn

April 11, 2013

So sad for the family. He was a wonderful neighbor when I was growing up. God bless to his children

Steve Brock

April 11, 2013

I will miss your kind smile and your gentle good humor.Rest in Peace Tom.I am blessed to have known you.

Diane Duke

April 10, 2013

I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr Batey was a wonderful man and he will be missed. My family is praying for yours.

Kristi Gibson-Combs

April 10, 2013

Love, Prayers and BIG HUG to each and all of the Batey family. May The Lord give you peace that transcends all understanding now and until you meet again in our forever home.