Robert was born on April 27, 1944 in Wise, VA to Charles and Rusha (Holbrook) Bateman. He died December 15, 2021 at his home in Myrtle Point.
He grew up in Wise and left school early to join the U.S. Army. He did two tours of duty in Vietnam and served 20 years. He retired in July of 1981 with the rank of 1st Sergeant.
He moved to Myrtle Point in 1980 and after his retirement from the Army he started Bateman Plumbing which he operated until he retired in 2006. Bob was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Myrtle Point V.F.W. Post # 2928, and the Myrtle Lodge # 78 A.F. & A.M. He enjoyed woodworking, doing leatherwork, collecting coins loving on his grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, sons, Bob Bateman Jr. and his wife Shelley; Jeff Bateman and his wife Debi; Harry Welmon and his wife Elvera; Heidi Moore and her husband Steve; Michelle Johnson and her husband Todd; brothers, Garland, Don and Fred Bateman; sisters Emogene Gilliam and Caroline Southworth; grandchildren, Kandice Tyler, Alex Welmon, Kayla Bateman, Nicholas Isenhart, Jordan Isenhart, Sara Moore, Shay Bateman, Ashley Margeta, Tristan Welmon, Johnathan Moore, William Welmon and Destiny Ball; great grandchildren, Michael, Liam, Bethany, Ellie, and Braelyn. He also has numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents and four siblings.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Childrens Hospital
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