James Benjamin (“Ben”) Batey, Jr., 93, of Murfreesboro, TN, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2014. Mr. Batey was born and reared in the Stewart’s Creek community in Rutherford County, Tennessee, the son of James (“Jim”) Benjamin Batey, Sr., and Maggie Jordan Batey. He graduated from Smyrna High School and David Lipscomb College.
A veteran of WWII, Mr. Batey served in the Army Air Force on Guam with the 1537th base unit (Airplane and Engine Mechanic 747). In 1946, he took a position with what then was known as the Murfreesboro Federal Savings and Loan Association (known subsequent to his retirement as Cavalry Bank), ultimately being appointed president in 1972, during which tenure he served on various state and national committees of the savings & loan industry. Mr. Batey became known in the community as a trusted banker from whom countless grateful families obtained their first home loans.
Mr. Batey was active in community and civic affairs and was once honored as Citizen of the Month. He was director and treasurer of the Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce, a director of the Murfreesboro Lions Club, director and president of the Murfreesboro Credit Bureau, director of the Downtown Development Corporation, president of the UGF (now United Way) and a former member of the City Tax Equalization Board.
On June 2, 1951, Ben married Jane Mayes, then of Murfreesboro. Ben and Jane were members of the North Boulevard Church of Christ, where Ben formerly served as an elder and taught Bible classes. “Ben” Batey was a meek, quiet, gentle, unassuming man of unquestioned integrity, loved by all who knew him “because he first loved them.”
Mr. Batey is survived by his son James (“Jim”) B. Batey, III (Dian) of Taft, TN; daughter Ruth Smith (LaGard) of Murfreesboro, TN; and daughter Margaret Bowling (Tim) of Murfreesboro, TN; sisters Ann Whitley, Bellevue, TN, and Evelyn Sigmund, Lake Charles, LA; brother, Tom Batey (Bonnie), Maryville, TN; and his grandchildren, Charles Batey, Fayetteville, TN, Ben A. Batey, Raleigh, NC, William Batey, Chattanooga; and Thomas, Amy, and Morgan Bowling of Murfreesboro, TN. Ben was preceded in death by sisters Margaret Batey and Sue Baker, and only recently by his beloved wife, Jane, to whom he was married for 62 years.
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 pm Monday, April 7th at Woodfin Memorial Chapel, Murfreesboro. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Tuesday, April 8th, at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with F. LaGard Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, with family serving as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort (410 Allied Dr., Nashville, TN 37211); World Christian Broadcasting (605 Bradley Ct., Franklin, TN 37067); or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.woodfinchapel.com. WOODFIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL. 615-893-5151.