BALLINGER William David Batts, 89, died peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, surrounded by family. Son of Bernard and Beulah Batts Sr., he was born on Nov. 8, 1924, on the family farm south of Ballinger. He attended Dry Ridge School through the seventh grade and graduated from Ballinger High School in 1946. He served as president of the senior class and was a member of the band, football and track teams. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps. He trained to be a pilot. He finished his training just as World War II ended. After the service he enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin and received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in June 1950. He came back to Ballinger to farm with his dad. He farmed about 600 acres until 1978. During that time he served on the board of directors of the Ballinger Co-op Gin and Elevator. His civic activities included a term as president of the Ballinger Jaycees. On Feb. 10, 1962, he married Irene Piel. In 1968, they had a daughter named Amy. In addition to farming he sold real estate. David cultivated many friendships around the state in his work with Petroleum Information/Dwight LLC. He was the southern area manager of map data accumulation. His duties included constructing county ownership maps and updating oil and gas lease information of those maps. Finding retirement didn't suit him, he worked for the Boll Weevil Eradication Program and Dankworth Packing Company. David was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Ballinger. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Wilbourn and BM Batts Jr.; a sister, Margaret Tucker; and his wife, Irene. He is survived by a sister, Betty Lou Batts Agnew; his daughter, Amy; sister-in-law Janice Kurtz and Randall; brothers-in-law Gene Piel and Mary, Larry Piel and Glenda; nephews Gary Batts and Sue, Alan Batts and Linda, David Tucker, Gill Agnew, Sam Batts, Mac St. John and Bridgett, Jason Piel and Darci, Jeffrey Piel and Tymonee; and nieces Lesa Agnew Kastler and Bill, Laura Jane Agnew and Hill Abel, Carrie Ramos and Isaac, Jessica Botsford and Evan and Sherri St. John. David was known for his quick wit and sense of humor and beloved by all who knew him. David was known by some nieces and nephews as "Uncle Puddin." He always had his hugger out. He will be deeply missed by family and friends. Visitation for family and friends will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. There will be a private family burial followed by a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Kary Rawlings Fry officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to First Presbyterian Church in Ballinger; Carnegie Library; or
. The family would like to thank everyone who came by to visit and all the cards and phone calls. Also, we would like to thank the staff at Ballinger Memorial Hospital for their exceptional care of David. Words cannot express how much I will miss you Daddy. You are my angel now.
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Lange Funeral Home
908 8Th St Ballinger, TX 76821
Published in GoSanAngelo from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2014