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KEYSER, W.Va. Robert "Buckwheat" Bateson, 81, of 1395 Cornell St., Keyser, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, surrounded by family.
Born on Aug. 25, 1935, in Piedmont, he was the son of the late Cecil D. Bateson and Irene (Gatrell) Bateson. He also was preceded in death by his sister, Lillian Scarpinito; and two brothers, Charles and Cecil Bateson.
WHAT DO YOU SAY ABOUT A MAN CALLED "BUCKWHEAT"
What a hero!! He fought the fight against five different diagnosed cancers without a complaint or why me thought, but the battle was not to be won as God wrapped his arms around him and said come with me.
Buckwheat loved growing up in the Tri Towns. A proud member of the 1954 state finalist basketball team and a graduate of Piedmont High School, he looked forward to and enjoyed attending alumni reunions where he could reminisce about the good ole days. He proudly served in the Navy for four years and loved telling hilarious stories about his experiences. He retired from Westvaco Luke Mill after 38 years in Machine Coating where he enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow co-workers.
Although a quiet man, he entertained us with his quick and witty sense of humor. He was easy going, humble, and loved making people laugh. Although he seemed to be a simple man, he was an avid hunter, enjoyed playing golf, and was a whiz at completing crypto quotes. In his later years as his health was failing, he enjoyed spending time on the front porch conversing and telling stories with friends and neighbors.
As his days in this lifetime became short, he said he had no regrets about his life - "it was far better than anything he could have hoped for." If life is measured by personality and loving kindness, then he had it all.
Buckwheat was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He optimized the definition of a family man. He was adored by his children and grandchildren (Pappy was special!). No matter what the event, there was one constant, Dad (Pappy) would be there rooting for you. Regardless of the location, he spent countless hours on the road to attend every special event in our lives.
Surviving are the love of his life for 54 years, Barbara "Punk" Bateson, who grew up next door to him and cannot remember life from five years old that he was not part of it; a son, Damon Bateson and wife, Joy of Virginia Beach, Va.; and a daughter, Barbara Bellido and husband, Angel of Virginia Beach; and two devoted sisters, Betty Jackson of Westernport, and Delores Mauk of Keyser. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Damon Bateson II and wife, Amanda of Washougal, Wash., Parker Bateson and wife, Jeanna of Virginia Beach, Roman Asaro of Miles City, Mont., Sophie Bateson and Adrienne Asaro, both of Virginia Beach. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Zaman, who God sent to us, for his compassion.
Friends may call at Markwood Funeral Home on Friday, June 30, 2017, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at the funeral home with the Reverend Roland E. Nairn III officiating.
Interment will follow at Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser with military honors given by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard and the American Legion Post 13 Honor Guard.
Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mr. Bateson's obituary at www.markwoodfuneralhome.com.
Published on June 28, 2017
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