The Rev. Batson died Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Born Nov. 18, 1925, in Habersham County, he was a son of the late Walter G. “Bobe” and Tabitha Woodall Batson. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Phil Batson Jr., Ph.D.; daughter, Vicky Batson Hicks; brothers, Everett, Cecil, Lloyd, J.A. and Royce Batson; sisters, Minnie Lee Carpenter, Betty Bell and infant, Irene Batson.
Before being called into the ministry, the Rev. Batson was one of the first walking mailmen in the Cornelia area.
The Rev. Batson was called into the ministry in 1954, and had been a pastor for 60 years. He ministered at Mud Creek Baptist Church, Good News Baptist Church, Stonepile Baptist Church and Sunnyside Baptist Church in Westminister, S.C. He was also a missionary in Mexico and had a radio broadcast on WCON for 25 years. The Rev. Batson was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, where he served as the Young Adults Sunday School teacher.
He served his country proudly in the United States Army during World War II. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart and was active in the Southern Pacific and European Theaters.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Evelyn Loudermilk Batson of Cleveland; daughter, Cecilia Batson Rosenkrans of Cleveland; brother, James Duward Batson of Cornelia; grandchildren, Allyson Jones, Brandon Hicks, Heath Hicks, Jared Hicks, Mary Evelyn Silvia, Zach Batson and Nadia Batson; great-grandchildren, Emilee Jones and Chase Hicks; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-great-grandchild.
An online guest register is available and may be viewed at mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, is in charge of arrangements.
The Northeast Georgian
Friday, March 14, 2014