Thomas C. Batson Jr., 86, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Thomas was born July 14, 1927, the son of the late Thomas C. Batson Sr. and Grace Kirby Batson, and grew up in Wilmington. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Annette Kirby Sinclair.
Thomas graduated from New Hanover High School in 1946, where he was a member of the ROTC. Later he joined the North Carolina National Guard in Shallotte and served for nine years as the supply sergeant with the rank of Sgt. 1st Class. He was also employed by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company for three years.
During his school days, Thomas worked at a variety store in Wilmington. After graduation he came to Shallotte to work with his uncle, E.H. Kirby, who owned Kirby's Department Store. When his uncle retired, Thomas purchased the business and enjoyed working the merchandise and meeting people.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Evelyn Register Batson; a son, Cal Batson and wife, Stephanie; a daughter, Julie B. Owens and husband, David; three grandchildren, Zachary Batson, Kelly Willetts-Reddick and husband, Stephen and Saxon Owens and wife, Katie. He is also survived by two sisters, Dorothy B. Casteen and husband, E.J., of Raleigh and Grace Carolyn Austin of Riegelwood.
Thomas was a member of Old Shallotte Baptist Church in Grissettown, where he was a deacon for many years.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, in the Old Shallotte Baptist Church with the Rev. Landis Lancaster officiating. Visitation was prior to the service. Entombment followed in the Brunswick Memorial Gardens Community Mausoleum in Shallotte.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideon's International, P.O. Box 834, Shallotte, NC 28459, or to the Old Shallotte Baptist Church Building Fund, 394 Longwood Road, NW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469.
Private online condolences may be sent to the family at www.brunswickfuneralservice.com.
Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte.