The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 30, 2011 at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Bridges Street, Buena Vista, Georgia. Interment followed in the Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Zion Road, Buena Vista, Georgia.
Mrs. Ella Bess was born in Buena Vista, Marion County, Georgia on October 10, 1930 to the late Rosie Lee Green Lockhart. She was educated in the public school system of Marion County. She was preceded in death by three siblings, Willie Mae Lockhart, Lovie Jane McCauley and John Wesley. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and joined the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. For some fifty years, she served faithfully in every facet of the Church she loved so well. For a number of untiring years, she served as the Mother of the Church. She will long be remembered as a great cook, especially known for her sweet potato pies.
She was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Moses Lee Bateman, Sr. She was blessed with ten wonderful and loving children. She had the guiding hand that held them together in loving, sharing and keeping them in the word of God. She leaves a legacy of love, sweet and cherish memories to her beloved children and family, ten beloved children and their spouses: Moses Lee Bateman, Jr. (Sue), Abbeville, Georgia, Willie Lee Williams (Joe), Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Ella Mae Robinson (Courtney), Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Willie Rose Bateman, William Tucker Person, Wiley Bateman, Janice Walton (Harrell), Barbara Walton (Terrace), Terry Hall, all of Buena Vista, Georgia and Sherry Ann Bateman (Adrian), Atlanta, Georgia; 17 grandchildren, including three devoted grandchildren, Shetria, Briana and Mack; 12 Great Grandchildren; 1 Great Great Grandchild; three siblings, Annie Ruth Terry (Ulysses, Sr.) Indianapolis, Indiana, Inez Ivory, Buena Vista, Georgia and James C. Lockhart, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; brother-in-law, Bonnie Lockhart, Sr., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; a host of beloved nieces, including devoted niece Paula Nelson, Columbus, Georgia, nephews, other relatives and friends, including a very devoted employer and friend, Julie VanMeter, Buena Vista, Georgia.
May God strengthen your hearts and guide you through this difficult time. "Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal" May you always hold your mother close with sweet memories and lessons taught throughout your life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Angela & Woodrow Terry
To the Bateman families, praying for you all for the lost of your mother. Always remember the years you had together.
Barbara Williams and family
We know that she is happy in our Saviour's home above growing fairer as she lingers in the sunshine of his Love.
With Deepest Sympathy
Mrs. Lisa Thornton Thomas & family
Our hearts go out to the family, she will truly be missed. Just look around at the legacy she has left behind, her kids and grandkids. Continue all the family traditions she created. GOD BLESS YOU,
Perry & Linda Smith and Family
May God guide the family during this time of bereavement. God will keep the family firmly in his care.
Cathy Battle Thornton, Stanley Battle and Family
Precious memories, Oh how they linger. We are praying that your memories will comfort you today and the days ahead.
David & Melanie Thomas
You will be missed a lot. You loved me like I was your own and was always there for me. I will never forget that. My heart aches to know that you are gone, but I know you are in Heaven now watching over all of us.
Love Evelyn and Tony
MAY GOD BLESS AND BE WITH YOU DURING YOUR TIME OF SORRY.
THE LATE MRS BESSIE PALMER FAMILY MCCRARY AND WORKS FAMILY
My Prayers and thoughts are with you and your Family during this your time of sorrow
Rev & Mrs Canady A. Matthews
Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
There are no words to say that will make your heart not long for the one that you love call Mother. No one will ever know the inner pain or the struggle with the loss of her presence in your life. To you Mike and your family, I say God is ALMIGHTY and he will see you through the roughest times of you sorrow. Lean on our lord and savior and he will see you through. May God Bless and Keep You.
Love your Aunt Edith and Larry Ingram and Family
With all my prayers, may God bless you.
Ms. Jennifer Sanford and Family