April 18, 1931 – July 1, 2021

Celebration services for Gladys Geneva Etheridge Bateman, 90, of Gloster, were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 4, 2021, at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster.

Interment was in the New Hope Methodist Protestant Church Cemetery in Gloster.

Visitation was held at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 3, 2021, and at 1 p.m., on Sunday, July 4.

Mrs. Bateman was born to Marcus Herman and Tennie Bates Etheridge on April 18, 1931 in Amite County, and peacefully departed this life Thursday, July 1, 2021, at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb.

She worked for many years at Kellwood and Carter’s Garment factories. She was a member of the Church of God.

She was, above all else, an avid follower of Jesus Christ and was always quick to witness to whoever she came into contact with.

Her favorite Bible verse was, “If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, til my change come,” Job 14:14.

She was famous for her “Phone Ministry,” which she used to encourage and build-up others.

She was a wonderful cook, most famous for her tomato gravy and biscuits, blueberry pound cakes, and cornbread.

She was an avid reader and crafter, and loved puzzles and embroidery work.

She was a beautiful person — mind, soul and spirit — whom her family knew as “Granny B,” and her daughters knew her as “The Queen Bee.”

Mrs. Bateman was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willie Dallas Bateman; and her son, Willie Dallas “Bill” Bateman Jr.

Survivors include her children, Jerry (Alice) Bateman, Judy (Julius) Costakis, Joyce Wilkinson, Karen (Ronald) Thompson, Deborah (Ryan) Beaty, Angie (Joel) Smalley, Averine “Dusty” (Reggie) Duncan, Wilma “Poppy” (Farrell) Holland and Sharon (Johnny) Moore; her sister, Avis McDowell, 39 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Brett Moore, Gavin Wilkinson, Pete Cirak, Mark Davis, Jordan Smalley, Chance Cater and Lane Bateman.
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Brown Funeral Home of Gloster was in charge of arrangements.

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