Jul. 7, 2010 Belle Isle Orange County Florida, USA
Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, FL, July 12, 2010, obituary
BATEMAN, BELINDA "BE" LATHEM of Belle Isle, passed away on Wednesday July 7, 2010, from complications of carcinoid syndrome.
She was born December 30, 1950 in Orlando, Florida. Be was pre-deceased by her parents Billy and May Lathem also of Orlando. She graduated from William R. Boone High in the class of 1968 and attended the University of Central Florida.
She is survived by her devoted husband Ben Bateman; daughter Diana Myhra Stumbo and husband Kevin; mother in law, Lucille Bateman; brother Roger Vann Lathem and wife Terri; sister Ginger M. Lathem-Rudiger and husband Richard, and her beautiful three month old granddaughter Ava. In addition to her immediate family, Be is survived by her aunts Janice and Juanita; uncles Billy and Cully; several nieces, a nephew, and great nieces and nephews.
At the time of her death, Be was the City Manager for the City of Belle Isle, which surrounds the Conway Chain of Lakes. Be served the city for over 20 years and was instrumental in developing or improving several community parks, rehabbing the City's signature bridge, establishing the Belle Isle Police Department, and the soon to open Cornerstone Charter School. Be was devoted to her residents and worked tirelessly to serve them. Prior to her tenure at the City of Belle Isle she worked in both the wholesale and retail floral industry.
In her personal life, Be was involved in numerous civic and historical organizations including as a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Chapter Bonnie Blue Flag #2329. She was a past member and first female President of the Orlando Jaycees. She was active with the Boone High School Class of '68 Alumni, and a supporter of the Boone Foundation. Be was instrumental in reactivating the Pine Castle Pioneer Days Celebration. She was an animal lover and will be missed by her two dogs, Bonnie and Dixie, and the City of Belle Isle's feline ambassador, Ralph.
Family and Friends will gather for her memorial service on Thursday, July 15, at 2:30 p.m. at Reeves United Methodist Church. 1100 N. Ferncreek Ave., Orlando Fl 32803. In lieu of flowers contributions in her name may be made to Reeves United Methodist Church.
Note: Be's ashes were interred in the Adger Cemetery in Adger Alabama on July 9, 2011.