Clifton Boyce Bateman, 80, of Apopka, Fla., formerly of Rector, went to be with his Heavenly Father on May 20, 2010.
He was born Sept. 22, 1929, to the late Cecil and Dolphia (McLeskey) Bateman in the Clay County area. He served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years. In fact, he taught until the last four months. He was a farmer in the Boydsville area for many years.
Boyce is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty (Vaught) Bateman; his children, Alonn McCord of Apopka, Fla., Lon Edward Bateman of Jonesboro and Charlie and Meridith Bateman of Texarkana, Ark.; five grandchildren, Kelly Parish of Jacksonville, Fla., Bree Walker of Memphis, Tenn., Caleb Bateman, Spencer Bateman and Austin Bateman, all of Jonesboro; two great-grandchildren, Chelsea and McKenzie Parish; one great-great-grandson, Piersyn Parish; a brother, Onis Bateman of Ellendale, Tenn., and a sister, Euvila and James Brewer of Senatobia, Miss.
Funeral services were Monday, May 24, at 11 a.m. at the Irby Funeral Home in Rector with Brother Kenny Burns officiating. Interment was at the Woodland Heights Cemetery. Visitation began Sunday at 6 at the funeral home.
Those who wish may sign the online guest book at www.irbyfuneralhome.com.