OBITUARY

Bervel T. Bateman Jr.

June 3, 1915September 17, 2011

Bervel T. Bateman Jr., 96, passed away on Saturday September 17, 2011 peacefully in his home. He was born on June 3, 1915 in Princess Anne County. He was the son of the late Bervel T. Bateman, Sr. and Florence Sandler Bateman. In loving memory, he is predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Virginia Williams Bateman, and son, Bervel Timothy Bateman III. He leaves behind his loving family , daughter-in-law, Charleene Bateman of Virginia Beach, VA; grandsons, Bradford Leigh Bateman and wife Jennifer, and William Garner Bateman and wife Nicole; five great grandchildren, Garner, Brandon, Madeline, Julie and Anderson. Mr. Bateman was a faithful member of Spurgeon Memorial Baptist Church. He served his country in the US Navy during World War II. Following his discharge he took over his father’s grocery store and spent twenty three years as an independent grocer. A highlight of his career came on May 1, 1952 when he joined Owens Masonic Lodge No. 164. He advanced through the Chairs and ultimately became Master of the Lodge. He never missed a meeting in over twenty years and trained numerous Lodge members. He was awarded a Life member in Perpetuity. In 1960 he sold his grocery business and went to work in Civil Service at the Naval Regional Finance Center until retirement at age 67. Retirement didn’t slow him down. For the next twenty years he delivered payroll checks to the Longshoremen’s Union Members in Norfolk and Newport News. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Spurgeon Memorial Baptist Church, 5520 Tidewater Drive. Norfolk, VA 23509. (757) 622-8672 or The Scholarship Fund of the Owens Lodge No. 164, Norfolk Masonic Temple,7001 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23505 You may pay your condolences at: www.smithandwilliamsnorfolk.com Arrangements under the direction of Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk, VA.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, September 19, 2011
  • Funeral Sevice Tuesday, September 20, 2011
REMEMBERING

Bervel T. Bateman Jr.

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Linda Hansen

September 24, 2011

Dear Family. May you feel God's peace and presence. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. And yet he often talked about the year that his son died was his worse year of his life. It was my pleasure to take care of him and hear his wonderful stories. He was such a beautiful person and was so proud of his family including his daughter in law. Thank you for allowing him to spend his last days at home. He never expressed fear of going to a nursing home. Linda Hansen, Chesapeake Regional Home Care, his nurse

Michael Woody

September 20, 2011

Brad,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through these difficult times. Remember all the good times and share the memories. God bless you and your family

Michael Richardson

September 20, 2011

Brad and Jennifer,
Know that our thoughts and prayers from my family to your give you all the strength to continue to carry on God bless you all.

September 19, 2011

Charleene, Brad, Bill and family:
Know that we are sending our thoughts and strength your way.
Love,
Charlotte Perry and Everett Decker

Richard Stricklin

September 19, 2011

Brad and Jennifer,
You have my sincerest condolences. As you turn another chapter in your lives, I'm sure you will find the strength to continue the traditions of the Bateman family.

Rick

Sue Brush

September 19, 2011

Brad,

Please accept my sincere sympathies on the passing of your grandfather. Please keep sharing the memories of your father and grandfather with all of us and know they will continue to add to our lives as they did yours. And I am confident you and your family will carry on for them which is what they would be most proud of and grateful for.

Stacia Hicks

September 19, 2011

Brad and Bateman family, It sounds like your grandpa was an awesome guy and lived a wonderfully full life. My thoughts and prayers go with you and your family.

Eslie & 'Zelle Phillips

September 19, 2011

You will be in our thoughts and prayers as you celebrate a life well lived.
May you experience the presence and power of God in these special days.
Eslie & 'Zelle Phillips, Spurgeon Memorial Baptist Church

Stacia Hicks

September 19, 2011

Brad and Bateman family, It sounds like your grandpa was awesome and lived a wonderfully full life. My thoughts and prayers go with you and your family.

Evelyn Pollard

September 19, 2011

Brad & family: My sincere condolences for your loss. May you find comfort in celebrating a life well lived.