Robert Bateman

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Robert Lee Bateman, 87, went to be with the Lord at 9:30 am on April 7, 2018. Today, he is rejoicing in the presence of Jesus with all those who went before him. He spent his life, morning by morning, renewing his relationship and love with and for his Lord. He then went about showing God's love to others one person, one day at a time. And in those 60 plus years of ministry, many souls were touched by God's love and countless generations will continue to be impacted. A gifted communicator, every Sunday was a joy to hear God's truths revealed though him. Because of God's love for and through him, he faithfully lived a life of eternal impact providing us all with a picture of a life well lived. Survived by his wife of 67 years, Juanell Herrington Bateman, whom he loved with an amazing passion; his children, Mary Beth Folterman (Bill), Chuck (Ann) and Mark (Lori) to whom he was a faithful father; 8 grand children and 3 great grandchildren whom he loved dearly, and a sister, Florence Fagan (Rudy) in whom he was very proud. He was a graduate of Allen Military Academy in Bryan, Texas, Baylor University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was an officer in the USAF during the Korean Conflict. He faithfully pastored churches in Texas, Ohio and Florida. A life celebration will be held at Westgate Memorial Baptist Church, Beaumont, Texas on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 beginning with a meal and visitation at 5:00 p.m. and service at 6:30 p.m. Graveside service will be on Thursday, April 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Kirbyville City Cemetery off Shaw Guy Road in Kirbyville, Texas. In leu of flowers, please send contributions to First Baptist Church Merritt Island First Initiative Project 140 Magnolia Ave., Merritt Island, Florida 32952.

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