The Washington Times-Herald

Obituaries

April 26, 2011

Earl Bateman

WASHINGTON — Earl Bateman, 95, of Washington, passed from this world Monday. Born April 27, 1915, in Daviess County, he was the third son of Sherman and Hattie (Emmons) Bateman and the twin to his sister Pearl. His mother passed away when he was only 7, leaving six young children, Arthur (Josephine), Quentin (Dolores), Earl (Mary Ruth), Pearl (Robert Hall), Woodrow, and Alma (John Balan), all now deceased. Earl was the last survivor. He was blessed with a second mother, Ocie (Evans) Bateman, and six more sibling, Mildred (Harold Williams), George (Mary), Bill, Allene (Harold Miller), Betty (Joe Haskins), Josephine (Max Eaton). George, Mary, Betty, Jodi and Max are the lone survivors of the family. Earl loved to work the land. His dad (Sherman) liked to brag that “at 9 years old Earl could work a team of horses as well as any man.” At a very young age, he became a hired hand, working for room and board and 75 cents a day. One advantage to this job was when he met the neighbor girl, Mary Ruth Fleenor. They were eager to be man and wife, time moved too slow but funds were low. On July 19, 1936, with the help of their pastor they eloped. That just might be the only secret he concealed and for six long months. During that time they lived at their separate homes and saved money to set up housekeeping. That was the beginning of a love story that would last 67 years and produce five children: Carolyn (Harvey, deceased) Newton, Janet (Russell) Holstine, Richard (Susie) Bateman, Linda (Kenneth Wayne) Cornelius, and Bev (Bob) Armstrong. There are 11 adult grandchildren, John (Martha) Newton, Phillip (Rosetta) Newton, Elaine McVay, Brian (Elaine) Holstine, Jana (Daniel) Sherar, Bobby (Shannan) Armstrong, Earl (Rosanna) Bateman, Michelle (Jay) Botts, Kyle (Megan) Cornelius, Brooke (Ryan) Dashner and Kade Cornelius, as well as 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchildren. Earl and Ruth worked as partners on the farm raising livestock and grain before retirement. He attended Otterbein United Methodist Church (now known as Bethel North) where he had perfect attendance for more than 57 years. He was a member of the Golden Rule Sunday school class and served in many ways. He was a 4-H director for years and proud that the great-grandchildren represented the fourth generation of family 4-H’ers. He was active in and a chairperson of the Daviess County C.R.O.P. for years. An avid fan of Indiana University basketball they began regular attendance in 1965 when the Hoosiers still played in the old fieldhouse, before the Bob Knight era. Every year he believed “this will be the year” for his beloved Cubs. For the last five years the Emerald House has been his home. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to Bethel United Methodist Church for restoration of the chapel. Visitation at Gill Chapel will b observed from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Bethel North location. Condolences may be made to the family at www.gillsince1872.com. (April 25, 2011)

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