OBITUARY

Rayford Neill Batey

May 10, 1941April 28, 2021
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Rayford Neill Batey, 79, of Raleigh died on Wednesday April 28,2021. Born May 10, 1941, in Creswell, N.C. He was the son of the late Andrew Batey and Julia Kirland Batey. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Sandra Kay Smith, Hazel Laverne Batey; brothers, William McKinley “Bill” Batey, Julian Harris Batey, Jimmy Donald Batey, Frank Minor Batey and Joseph Melvin Batey.

Neill was a retired business owner beginning with Guarantee Carpet Cleaning and Dye Company, later forming Bateys Carpets, a floor covering sales and installation company along with his sons Todd and Tim. Neill was the first and only carpet dyer in Raleigh for many years, earning numerous awards throughout his career.

Neill loved antiques and collected antique cars and furniture for many years.

Surviving family members include his wife of 56 years Luella Delores Batey; daughter Rhonda Diane Goble and husband Ron; sons, Richard Todd Batey, Rayford Mark Batey and wife Amy, Robbin Timothy Batey and wife Dara; sisters Barbara B. Jones and Sharon Batey, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The Family will receive friends on Sunday May 2, 2021, from 12:00 to 2:00pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home 300 Saint Mary’s Street Raleigh, N.C.

A private funeral will be held at Montlawn Memorial Park on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Services provided by Brown-Wynne, 300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 2, 2021

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Patty Batey Lee

May 1, 2021

Uncle Neill was always warm and welcoming to me when I was adjusting to college. I will never forget that. Sad that I didn't get to see him after college. I can imagine the Batey brothers all together including my dad in heaven laughing and joking. Sending hugs and love to Aunt Delores and cousins.

Anita McElveen

May 1, 2021

Got got to meet my uncle Neill in 1981 he was very kind and very loving very supporting you will be missed.

Debra BATEY(Crum)

April 30, 2021

I remember uncle Neil. Last time I was in N.C. well a few years back me and bro. Robert went by his house and saw him and his family. After my mom and dad got divorced we never got to go around dad's well my family anymore. I was to young to have any say in it. But at least I finally got to see my uncle neil for at least a short visit. Remember the antique gas pumps by his garage. My oldest daughter Tanya and myself went out to dinner with aunt Neil's wife and her daughter. It was nice to finally see them after all those years. I have been able to contact some family members over facebook which has been a blessing . Remember the ole farmhouse gma and grad had a cattle farm he was the overseer. Had good memories there. There was the old sodapop machine we had there that you put your money in and pulled out the glass bottles. Going in the field behind the house and picking cucumbers and peeling them and eating right there. Playing softball gmas stories at bedtime about burr rabbit. So many years lost but got a moment with uncle neil and family finally. R.I.P. uncle neil. My love and condolises go out to your family. Sure do miss my dad but know I got to see him before he passed. Your niece Debra Batey (Crum)

Sharon Batey

April 30, 2021

one of my first memories I was hiding under the bed because my brother would always pick me up and kiss me. When he was calling me I peeped out and he had a trycycle .That got me out from under my bed.

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