The graveside service will be conducted at 12:00 noon, Friday, June 15, 2012 at the Andersonville National Cemetery Rostrum, 496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, Georgia. Reverend Alfred Wynn will officiate.
Sgt. Johnny Bateman was born October 27, 1947 in Montezuma, Macon County, Georgia to the late Clarence Bateman, Sr. and Mamie Lou Johnson Harris. Four siblings preceded him in death, Geraldine Rucker, Jacqueline Bateman, Clarence Bateman, Jr. and Alfred Harris. He was a 1966 graduate of the historic D. F. Douglass High School. He enlisted into the U. S. Army on December 16, 1966 where he served two consecutive terms and was honorably discharged on February 11, 1983. During his tenure, he was the recipient of many badges, awards, campaign ribbons, commendations and medals which include the purple heart, Silver Star 2 O/S Bars, SPS (Rifle M-14), VCM, NDSM, VSM and AM.
He leaves a legacy of golden memories to his beloved family which include: wife, Joyce Bateman, Marlin, Texas; three children, Andre Bateman (Tristy), Ailey, Georgia, Monica Bateman and Vanessa Bateman, both of Marlin, Texas; seven grandchildren; five siblings, Elizabeth McLean, Raleigh, NC, Gloria White (Paul), East Point, Georgia, Retha Jones (Alton), Stone Mountain, Georgia, William Harris, Montezuma, Georgia and Willie Glover (Mattie), Byromville, Georgia; a host of beloved cousins including Geraldine Warren, Brooklyn, New York; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
- Felicia Turner(Monday, September 17 12 08:29 pm EDT)
To my loving Uncle I grew up stories of you not truely understanding what they meant, but as I got older I still heard the stories and I realized that I was blessed to have you as a uncle! I didn't know that you were such a hero and how many people owe their lives to you! I Boot now and always! R.I.P
- Retha Jones(Saturday, June 30 12 09:34 pm EDT)
JB, was a super-hero and one of the best brother anyone could ask for.
Yes! He's extremely missed I had much love and respect for him, it's still here in my heart, it'll never leave and if there's any way I can make his name stand out trust me if it's in Gods' will then let His, will be done, because my brother deserves more and more honor. Only God,knows how much I loved him and it was not lip,tongue and mouth love, it was agape love, unconditional love, action love,that's true love. I'll always honor you for who were, my brother,my friend,my super hero! because you are still (THE ONE)
REST IN PEACE MY DEAR BROTHER
WITH LOTS OF LOVE,
YOUR SISTER, Retha
- DENNIS HORIN(Thursday, June 21 12 12:32 am EDT)
TO THE FAMILY OF JOHNNY BATEMAN, WE SERVED TOGETHER IN VIETNAM, HE WAS A TRUE FRIEND, ILL MISS HIM VERY MUCH