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Edwin Bateman

Edwin Lee Bateman

September 1, 1945 - January 23, 2021
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Obituary

Edwin Lee Bateman peacefully transitioned from this earthly life to his heavenly life on Saturday, January 23, 2021 in Dallas, Texas at the age of 75. Although he was spiritually ready, he really didn’t want to go as there were still so many things he needed to organize; people to meet; phone calls to make; events to attend; stories to tell. He felt like his work here still wasn’t done. God had other plans. You may have read the Poem by Linda Ellis titled “The Dash”. The premise being that the birth and death dates written on our tombstones, while seemingly important, don’t reveal the fact that the true importance of our life lies in “The Dash.” Ed’s dash was defined by love, devotion, service, joy, laughter, work and education. Ed was born in 1945 in Dallas, Texas to Samuel and Roberta Bateman and grew up in wonderful Oak Cliff (Dallas), Texas. He attended Cowart Elementary School, Stockard Junior High School and Kimball High School – graduating in 1964. Through the years he was very active in working with his much beloved classmates organizing various school reunions. Oh, the stories he would tell about life with his friends and growing up in Oak Cliff. Ed was a very humble overachiever. He took great joy in lifelong learning and took every chance to encourage others to do the same. He received multiple Masters Degrees in Public Administration, Applied Economics and City & Regional Planning from the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Arlington. He served as a Dallas Firefighter for 28 years (where he was awarded Rookie of the Year) and as a City Planner in Dallas for 11 years. He also served in the Army National Guard from 1968 to 1974 receiving recognition as an M-14/M-16 Expert. He regaled others with many stories of his stints in the military as a parachutist. People mattered to Ed – I mean they really mattered. Your lives weren’t superficial to him. You were real. He had to know your story – he had to know you. When you were with Ed, he was fully present and engaged. He let you know that at that point in time, you were the most important thing on earth. That’s because at that exact point in time, you really were. You mattered. Ed’s life was dedicated to public service – service to his family, friends, the Dallas Fire Department, the military, Boy Scouts, Rotary Club, Lions Club (2020 Lion of the Year), Historic Preservation Society, American Legion, CERT, Midlothian Planning & Zoning Commission, church and so many other service organizations! There just weren't enough hours in the day for the service he felt called to. Being an old soul, Ed had a deep passion for history and historical research. His greatest regret was that God was calling him even while he still had books that needed to be written and stories that needed to be told. Edwin was preceded in death by his father, Samuel, his mother Roberta and his brother Robert. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Teresa, two sons Stuart and Christopher Bateman, two daughters Rebecca Moss and Elizabeth (Libby) Ashton, three grandchildren, his brother George Bateman and sister Patrica Haley.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday January 26th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday January 26th, 2021 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Midlothian Funeral Home
    Address
    200 East Avenue E
    Midlothian, P.O. Box 1210 TX 76065
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  • Service

    Wednesday January 27th, 2021 | 10:00am
    When
    Wednesday January 27th, 2021 10:00am
    Location
    Midlothian Funeral Home
    Address
    200 East Avenue E
    Midlothian, P.O. Box 1210 TX 76065
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  • Interment

    Wednesday January 27th, 2021 |
    When
    Wednesday January 27th, 2021
    Location
    Midlothian Cemetery
    Address
    Midlothian, 9th Street TX 76065

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John Piper

Posted at 12:00am
Ed meant so very much to the Midlothian Rotary Club. I felt that he gave our club a lift when it really needed it. Always pleasant and always positive he was a inspiration to all of us. It was hard to believe that he was as active in the Lions Club and the American Legion as well. A true and humble servant. It was my honor to have worked with Ed. John Piper
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Chalonda J

Posted at 12:00am
Teresa and family, I send my sincere condolences. Ed seemed like he lived his life to the fullest! May God wrap his arms around you and your son during this time.
BK

Benny Kirtley

Posted at 12:00am
Ed, Bobbie, "Scooter", George, and Patricia all lived across the street from me back in the late'40s-up until the mid '50s at which time my family moved closer to my dad's work. Scooter was my little buddy. At the time of those early years four or five years in age was a big gap so Scooter was in fact my little buddy along with George and Patricia was later on a wee one on the block. Somehow, unbeknown to me I later found out I was Scooter's "big guy on the block" and he liked everything I did except when I got in trouble. You don't realize how much you love someone until they are out of sight and mind and I lost contact with Scooter when we moved away. Little did I know he started to Kimball H.S. the same year as me except he was in a lower grade and I never knew he was there until...a five year class reunion. I saw his name badge and it said Edwin Bateman. I covered my badge up and stepped in front of him and I said, do you know me? He said no I'm afraid I don't recognize you. I said I know your nick name and he got a big grin on his face and said....Benny Kirtley! We later moved to Coleman, Tx and Scooter and his son came for a visit. I'm so honored to have been raised across the street from him and through the medium of FB we've stayed in touch. He is one I'll enjoy seeing again after I see my Savoir face to face. And now the cycles of life keep on turning, my prayers for the family in this huge loss to everyone he touched.
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Midlothian Funeral Home

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Lawrence Agu, III

Posted at 12:00am
Teresa, My deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss. Praying for God's blessing and comfort for you and the entire family during this time. Haven't ever met Edwin but reading about his life, it's evident that he is a treasure of a person. As a young father, the beautiful accounting of Edwin's life serves is a great example for how to leave a positive and lasting legacy for one's family and those individuals we encounter each day. Thank you for sharing the memory of his wonderful life. Lawrence Agu, III
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