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Rev J. Ray Batson
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Birth: Jul. 3, 1926
South Carolina, USA
Death: Aug., 2016
Fulton County
Georgia, USA

Joseph Ray (J Ray) Batson

Rev. Batson was born in Sumter County SC and grew up in Alcolu SC. Ray was one of five Baptist minister sons of the Rev. Dr. P.O. and Eva Batson, who also served Baptist communities and institutions in South Carolina.He graduated from North Greenville College, Carson Newman College and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

His early years in the ministry were spent serving four churches in South Carolina. Later he served as the Director of Missions for Spartanburg County and then Union County. After retiring from full time ministry he continued to serve as Sunday School teacher and Deacon at Fernwood Baptist Church in Spartanburg SC.

During his ministry Ray served as Trustee of North Greenville College member of the General Board of the SC Baptist Convention and Trustee of the SC Baptist Ministries for the Aging. He was invited to preach in nine overseas Revival Crusades by the Mission Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

After moving to Georgia he served as volunteer Chaplain at the Emory Johns Creek Hospital where he donated over 8000 hours of service ministering to patients and families. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years Nancy Sloan Batson and his daughter Nancy Elizabeth (Beth) Wilkerson. He is survived by Daughter Jennie Ruth Weeks of Louisville KY, Daughter Rosanne Patton (husband Gene) of Suwanee GA, Daughter Donna Rae Creech (husband Ricky) of Pine Ridge KY, 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, a Brother Francis Batson of Conway Arkansas.

A memorial service followed by visitation will be held Monday September 5 2016 at 2 PM at Johns Creek Baptist Church 6910 McGinnis Ferry Road Alpharetta GA. Graveside service will be held on Tuesday September 6 at 2 PM at Holly Springs Baptist Church 251 Hannon Road Inman SC 29349.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be given to Johns Creek Baptist Church Missions Fund McGinnis Ferry Road Alpharetta GA 30005. Buckhorn Children's Foundation Buckhorn Lane Buckhorn KY 41721. Arrangements entrusted by Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes and Crematory 5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard Norcross Peachtree Corners GA 30092.

2:00 PM September 05, 2016
Johns Creek Baptist Church
6910 McGinnis Ferry Road
Alpharetta, GA

After service September 05, 2016
Johns Creek Baptist Church
6910 McGinnis Ferry Road
Alpharetta, GA

2:00 PM September 06, 2016
Holly Springs Baptist Church
251 Hannon Rd
Inman, SC 29349


Ray and Nancy were predeceased by a daughter, Beth Batson Wilkerson who died at the young age of 40. Beth died on November 27, 1993. On December 10, 1993 Ray and Nancy had the following announcement placed in the Spartanburg Herald:

The Reverend and Mrs. Ray Batson express sincere appreciation to our many friends throughout Spartanburg and Spartanburg County for the many prayers offered in behalf of our daughter, Beth Batson Wilkerson, during these seven years she fought the battle with cancer. On Saturday evening, November 27, 1993, she went home to be with the Lord. We are also grateful for the many expressions of love and concern shown us during this time.

During these past seven years many of the churches have kept her name on their prayer list every week. Even though she was not healed physically, we know she is now at peace with the Lord.

I will foever be grateful for the years the Lord permitted me to serve here in Spartanburg COunty as Pastor and Director of Missions. May the Lord continue to bless all of you.

Nancy and Ray Batson.
Family links: 
  Paul Otis Batson (1896 - 1962)
  Rose Eva Lyons Batson (1901 - 1979)
  Nancy Sloan Batson (1924 - 2006)
  Beth Batson Wilkerson (1953 - 1993)*
  Paul Otis Batson (1922 - 2003)*
  Lloyd E. Batson (1924 - 2016)*
  J. Ray Batson (1926 - 2016)
  Joel C. Batson (1934 - 2007)*
*Calculated relationship
Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery
Spartanburg County
South Carolina, USA
Maintained by: Stephen Lemons
Originally Created by: Record Hunter
Record added: Jul 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39392406
Rev J. Ray Batson
Added by: Stephen Lemons
Rev J. Ray Batson
Added by: Stephen Lemons
Rev J. Ray Batson
Added by: Record Hunter
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