Funeral services for Donny Lee Bateman, 74, of Kemp, formerly of Wills Point, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Allan Fuller Funeral Home Chapel in Wills Point.
He passed away late Thursday night, Jan. 10, 2019, at the Veterans Hospital in Dallas.
He was born on Nov. 14, 1944, in Edgewood, the son of Austin Bateman and Leamor Tidwell Bateman. He was raised in Edgewood, where he attended Edgewood High School.
He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was married to Sharon Stewart for four years and later was married for 44 years to Donna Butler. After Donna passed in 2013, he reunited with his first love, Sharon Evans.
He was owner/operator of W-B Roofing for 44 years, retiring in 2001, and was employed by the City of Muenster for 10 years.
He lived in Muenster prior to moving to Kemp five years ago. He enjoyed playing the guitar, hunting, fishing, gambling, watching westerns and going to horse races. He was of the Church of Christ faith.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Leamor Bateman; wife, Donna Bateman; son, Matthew Bateman; brother, Anthony Bateman and a sister, Wynell Mitchell.
He is survived by wife, Sharon Stewart Evans, of Kemp; son, Vince Bateman and wife, Michelle, of Canton; daughter, Melinda Roden and husband, D.J., of Edgewood; brother, Herman Bateman; sister, Ruby Clower of Grand Saline; two sisters-in-law, Pat Bateman, of Edgewood and Darlene Morrison, of Wills Point; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday one hour prior to service.