Henry Rhodes Bateman, Jr.

January 21, 1940January 12, 2021

Henry Rhodes Bateman, Jr., 80, of Mechanicsville, died Tuesday, January 12, 2021. He was a cherished husband, father, and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 41 years, Irma Bowers Bateman and his parents, Henry Rhodes Bateman, Sr. and Mary Morgan Bateman. He is survived by his three daughters, Irma Bateman Adams, and her husband Charles, Amy Bateman Patina, and her husband Mike, Julia Bateman Galleher, and her husband J. Patrick; two sons, Dr. Henry Rhodes Bateman, III, and Ropon Pollard Bateman. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, Charles Ellis Adams Jr., Irma Blanton Adams, Michael Stuart Patina, Robert Rhodes Patina, Elizabeth Margaret Patina, Henry Somerville Patina, James Patrick Galleher III, William Henry Galleher, Jack Goodwin Galleher, and Ryan Bowers Galleher; sister, Elizabeth Bateman Owens; brother-in-law, Robert Owens, and nieces; Stephanie Strack and Jennifer Jenkins.

Henry was born in Norfolk, VA and grew up on the shore of Back Creek in Dandy, VA where he enjoyed countless hours of boating, crabbing and fishing. Born profoundly deaf, Henry faced this challenge with determined perseverance and a keen intellect amidst an era in which few accommodations were made for people with disabilities. He graduated from York High School in 1958 where he was a member of the football team. He worked in the Yorktown Pharmacy and the Newport News Shipyard. In 1962, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Lynchburg College where he was a member of Iota Beta Gamma, Chi Beta Phi, and the Honor Court.

At Lynchburg College, he met his beloved future wife, Irma Bowers and married on August 15, 1965. Together they formed a strong and supportive union whose focus was on family, education, faith, and kindness.

He held positions at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center and later at Roche Biomedical Laboratories. After 23 years as an Analytical Chemist in the Department of Toxicology in the Division of Forensic Science for the State of Virginia, he retired at the age of 72. He loved spending time with his large family on vacations and celebrating their accomplishments. He was a former member of Grafton Christian Church in Yorktown, VA and of Holly Ridge Christian Church in Mechanicsville, VA.

A private chapel service will be held at Woody Funeral Home, 9271 Shady Grove Rd, Mechanicsville, VA 23116 on January 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm. A public committal service will be held at Concord Baptist Church Cemetery, Caroline County, VA on January 18, 2021 at 2:30 pm. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lynchburg Fund or Hearing Loss Association of America.


  • Irma Bowers Bateman, Wife (deceased)
  • Henry Rhodes Bateman, Sr. and Mary Morgan Bateman, Parents (deceased)
  • Irma Bateman Adams (Charles), Daughter
  • Amy Bateman Patina (Mike), Daughter
  • Julia Bateman Galleher (J. Patrick), Daughter
  • Dr. Henry Rhodes Bateman, III, Son
  • Ropon Pollard Bateman, Son
  • Charles Ellis Adams, Jr., Irma Blanton Adams, Michael Stuart Patina, Robert Rhodes Patina, Elizabeth Margaret Patina, Henry Somerville Patina, James Patrick Galleher, III, William Henry Galleher, Jack Goodwin Galleher and Ryan Bowers Galleher, Grandchildren
  • Elizabeth Bateman Owens, Sister
  • Robert Owens, Brother-in-law
  • Stephanie Strack and Jennifer Jenkins, Nieces


  • Interment

    Monday, January 18, 2021


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Marian Irving

January 21, 2021

We are so sorry for the loss you are sharing. Mr. Bateman was a neighbor of ours. He always had time to speak and ask how are you,
surely he will be missed seeing him going and coming.
To his family, you have our deepest sympathy and may God bless you always with good memories.

Joy DeNoon

January 18, 2021

Thinking of and praying for the family. Great memories of Henry.
Much love,
John "Woody" Wood
Lynchburg College 1962

Karen Kirby

January 17, 2021

Mr. Bateman was such a kind man. He was a role model for many, and he will be sorely missed by his family. My prayers go out to them as they grieve his parting.

Karen Kirby

Bernie Freeman

January 16, 2021

Henry and Irma were classmates at Lynchburg College (Class of 1962), and Henry lived in the same section of the dorm. He was a fun person with a serious side, too. I lost touch with him (and Irma) but now remember both of them with fondness. He was a really good person who will be missed by all who knew him. RIP my friend.

Bob Tarnai

January 15, 2021

Upon being hired for my first job at Roche Biomedical, Henry took me under his wing and in the five years, mentored me in toxicology, immunoassays and the associated instrumentation. We later worked together at American Medical Laboratories for another four years together. I always enjoyed working with Henry, he was always with a smile on his face, and never too busy to lend a helping hand. He attended my first wedding, was a great family man, and spoke of his wife and children often. Will be missed by all that knew him. RIP my friend.

Joseph Brock

January 15, 2021

Henry was one great man. I worked with him for years at the Dept of Forensic Science .
May he rest in peace.
My prayers for him and his family.
Take Care- Joe Brock