The Conference office has received word of the death of Bill Bateman on Monday night, December 7, 2015. Col., Dr., Rev. William Frederick Bateman was born Sep. 22, 1935, to Gladys Lee Funderburke and German Elisha Bateman in Memphis. He celebrated his 80th birthday in September.
Bill graduated from Union University, Jackson, and Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. He attended seminary in Kentucky and California. Bill entered the United Church of Christ by privilege of call in 1965. He served Trinity UCC in Indianapolis for 5 years and then spent 21 years in ministry as a US Army Chaplain serving until his retirement in 1990. Military assignments included Ft. Bragg, NC; Vietnam; San Pedro, CA; Brooklyn, NY; Stuttgart and Giessen, Germany; Redstone Arsenal, AL; Korea, and Ft. Bragg again. Col. Bateman served his country as a chaplain in the U.S. Army for 21 years. He attended airborne school and was a chaplain to special operations troops. He was a highly decorated soldier with two tours in Vietnam and was twice awarded the Bronze Star.
Rev. Bateman then served Emmanuel UCC in Sanford, North Carolina for 7 years. He then did interim ministry and pulpit supply. He served at Westminster Presbyterian in Fairfield Glade and transferred standing to the Southeast Conference in 2003 in his retirement.
A celebration of life service was held December 15 at the Community Church in Fairfield Gladem. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cumberland County Veteran’s Assistance Council c/o Cumberland County Bank, or Westminster Presbyterian Church. Sympathy cards can be sent to his wife, Shirley Bateman at 160 Brokenwood Dr., Crossville, TN 38558.