Parkway Funeral Home & Parkway Memorial Cemetery

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Ted Batson

August 2, 1944June 27, 2020

Ted Batson passed into the loving arms of Jesus Christ on June 27, 2020. Ted was born on August 2, 1944 in New Orleans, LA, and he was the oldest of Dr. Hiram Batson and Leta Covington Batson’s four children. At age nine his family moved to Brookhaven, Mississippi, where Ted graduated from Brookhaven High School in the class of 1962. He continued his education at Tulane University and graduated from Mississippi State University. During his time at MSU, Ted met his wife Judy Waters Batson, whom he married in May 1966. He worked in television sales advertising for many years in Memphis, Nashville, Atlanta, and Jackson, before joining Judy in the real estate business in 1997.

Ted loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ above all. He was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church in Madison, Mississippi, and he dearly loved his church and church family, including pastor Bob Lane and his wife Kay Lane, as well as the church elders and deacons. For many years Ted and his wife Judy displayed their love for Jesus by advocating for the lives of unborn children through the ministry of Pro-Life MS.

Ted is preceded in death by his parents and survived by his two brothers, Jim Batson (Nancy) and Bryan Batson (Christie), and his sister, Leta Branch (Charles). He is also survived by the love of his life, Judy Batson, his two children, Lee Batson (Sandy) and Beth Rigney (Mark), and his five grandchildren, Corey Batson, Avery Batson, Anslee Batson, Maeve Rigney, and James Rigney. Additionally, Ted is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, and cousins all of whom were precious and dear to him.

The family would also like to remember Ted Batson as he was in life. His sharp wit was one of a kind, and he enjoyed healthy debates with family and friends. Ted was many things: a whitewater canoe instructor, a H.A.M radio operator, a French horn and trumpet player, a guitar player, a gifted singer, a superfan of Mississippi State sports, and a diehard fan of Rush Limbaugh. Ted Batson was all of these things, but most importantly, he was ours. He was our father, grandfather, cousin, brother, husband, or friend. We love him and will miss him dearly. His memory will be with us forever.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 3rd at 11:00am at First Presbyterian Church of Madison, MS.

The family would like to thank Fresenius Kidney Care and all of the numerous nurses, social workers, and doctors for their loving and special care of Ted during the last year and a half of his life.

Memorial donations may be made to:

First Presbyterian Church 7717 Old Canton Rd. Madison, MS 39110

Pro-Life MS 114 Office Park Plaza Ste. B Jackson, MS 39206


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Ted Batson

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Don Faulk

July 7, 2020

Ted I remember my first class at Mississippi State. It was Chemistry 101. There must have been 500 students in that huge room, I didn't know a soul and was scared to death. When I saw you walk in and sit down hear me it was nice to see a a familiar face. Somehow we both made it through that class. Since then I've enjoyed being your chat buddy on FB. You loved to talk Politics. RIP old friend.

Kenny Stapleton

July 5, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Ted as my mentor, teacher and advisor of many life things. I am blessed to have met Ted at WSB-TV and take a chance on me to build the most successful Retail Services Dept. and take me with him to WATL-TV to build another one from the ground up. I will be forever thankful for his leadership and valuable advice that lead me to a great sales career in Atlanta. I am even more thankful for his advice on balancing work and family. I just recently watched my wedding video from 1984 and you and Ted were there for us. I owe a lot to Ted Batson and I know he will be missed by many. My deepest sympathy to the family.

Kenny & Cathy Stapleton and family

Carol Bowen Tucker

July 3, 2020

Judy, I am so sorry for the loss of your precious husband. Know I’m thinking of you today and your family. May you find peace in all your loving memories of a life well lived.

Beverly Stamps

July 1, 2020

My dearest Judy, Lee and Beth, so very sorry to learn of Ted’s death. Marc told me tonite. I have many fond memories of you and Ted and the children, memories we shared at Mississippi State, memories shared in Nashville and memories of just being good friends. Remember the good times, the cherished memories you have of Ted. May God wrap his arms around you, Beth, Lee and the grandchildren. I love you, Beverly

Gay Hughes

July 1, 2020

Loved to hear Ted sing! Miss you guys so much❤️🙏🏼

Dixie Hickman

July 1, 2020

It's hard to imagine your not being with us for the next B.H.S. class of 1962, Teddy Bear. But we'll talk about you and enjoy remembering!

Michael Richardson

June 30, 2020

All my prayers to the Baton family

Steve Stamps

June 30, 2020

Hi, Judy. First let me express my deepest sympathies. I have so many wonderful memories with Ted from the 9th grade thru college and for many years in Nashville. I regret not keeping the friendship alive when you moved to Atlanta and I (after divorce) moved to Ft. Lauderdale and in 1983 back to Nashville (Franklin) where Cathie and I remain. If not for the CoVid Pandemic, I would come to the funeral. Please pass my deepest sympathies to Jimmy, Bryan and Leta as well as to Lee and Beth. Let us not forget we are all in God’s care and my best friend is also in his hands. Much love to you all. Steve

Diane Goodhart

June 30, 2020

Our class of 1962 was very close Ted will be so missed .

Diane Williams Goodhart

Bobbie & Charles Mapp

June 30, 2020

It is with our heavy hearts we have lost our dear friend. My Facebook and Email friend too. We will not have the latest news and opinions of the Republican Party any longer like we once enjoyed. How wonderful he was and we were so blessed to have known Ted. Judy and family we are thinking of you and lifting you in prayer with our sympathy. We will talk soon in a few days but know we love you and grieve this special friend Ted with all of our being. Asking God for special blessings with each of you.
Our love, thoughts and hugs,
Bobbie and Charles.