Friday, May 27, 2022

Carlisle “Carl” Arthur Bateman, 93

WILMINGTON — Carlisle “Carl” Arthur Bateman, 93, of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away on May 6, 2022, at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center following a brief illness. Carl was born on February 26, 1929, in South Kingston, Rhode Island to the late Carlisle and Helen McCullough Bateman.  Carl was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Carol Bateman, and his brother, Harold Bateman.

Upon graduating from high school, Carl joined the United States Navy, where he spent most of his career on submarines including the USS Grampus and USS Sarda.  He proudly served his country for 22 years, achieving the rank of Chief Quartermaster prior to his Honorable Discharge.  After serving his country valiantly, Carl began a new career with General Electric from which he retired after 20 years of service.       

Carl, known to many as “Pop,” spent majority of his retirement years on the softball field coaching many gifted young athletes in the area.  Pop coached at Supper Optimist, Noble and Trask Middle Schools, and Laney High School.  Pop was dedicated to his duty as a coach; he cherished his years of friendship and coaching alongside Jim Fisk, Bradley Rhodes, Ray Brooks and too many others to name.  In 2016, Pop was inducted into the E.A. Laney High School Athletic Hall of Fame.   

Carl is survived by his children, Jimmy Bateman (Lisa) of Raleigh, NC; Donna Bateman (David Casey) of Wilmington, NC; grandchildren, Amanda Leeuwenburg, Krista Leeuwenburg (Allen King) of Wilmington, NC, Chandler Bateman of Denver, Colorado, Adam Bateman of Raleigh, NC; and one great-grandchild, Trace King.  He is also survived by his brothers Robert Bateman (Jean) of Greenville, RI; and Jonathan Bateman (Paul Quinn) of Deland, Florida, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In 2021, Pop would proudly tell you he made it to the gym 365 days of the year.  He enjoyed reading and read several books every week.  Pop lived as an example of duty, honor and commitment.  He will be missed everyday.    

“To know him was to love him.”

A Celebration of Life service will be held in his honor on Friday, June 3, 2022, at 11:00 AM, at Andrews Mortuary – Valley Chapel, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC, 28412.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401.

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