William Royal Batson, Jr.

July 20, 1937 - December 24, 2021
William Royal Batson, Jr.

William “Bill” Royal Batson, Jr., age 84 of Wilmington, NC, sadly passed away at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare on December 24, 2021.

Bill was born on July 20, 1937 in Wilmington, NC to the late William Royal, Sr. and Margaret Batson.

Bill spent 22 years in the United States Air Force and fought in Vietnam before retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant. Following his successful career in the military, Bill worked in sales in Panama City, Florida. In 1986 he and Marilyn moved back to Wilmington where they owned Atlantic Paint at Carolina Beach until he retired.

Bill is survived by his wife of 59 years Marilyn Sue, his daughters Tammy D’Lugin-Monroe (Joe) and Tina Marksteiner (Peter), and his grandchildren Alyssa (Morgan), Abigail, C.J. (Taelor), Cole (Kami), Jonathon (Carol), and Sarah (Rick). He is predeceased by his aforementioned parents.

There are no services planned at this time.

Bill will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a private ceremony at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Bill’s family has requested that donations be made to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in his memory.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • December 30, 2021
    robin newlin says:
    Marilyn, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Although I only knew Bill for a short time, I remember him as a loving person and always wearing a smile on his face. May your spirit be filled with hope, comfort, and love always.

  • February 05, 2022
    Wendy Batson McCreery says:
    Sorry to hear of Uncle Williams passing. Sympathies to Aunt Marilyn, Tammy and Tina as well as your grandkids and extended family.

  • January 05, 2022
    Carol Ann Hayes Floyd says:
    My deepest sympathy Aunt Marilyn, Tammy and Uncle Earnest. Aunt Doris Hayes sends her sympathy as well.

  • January 02, 2022
    Kim Beck lit a candle:
    Lit since January 2, 2022 at 1:52:23 PM

  • January 02, 2022
    karen berger says:
    Marilyn, We had so many fun times. All the way from Kansas City. His laugh was infectious and his smile was just an example of his zest for life. Bill had a good full life with you as close to his pocket as he could get you. Love you!