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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  • January 02, 2022
    Joel Hawkins says:
    Dear Marilyn and family, we are so very sorry to learn of your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences. From the families of Thomas and Vivian (Sikes) Hawkins.

  • December 31, 2021
    Patti & Rob Dickerson lit a candle:
    Lit since December 31, 2021 at 12:16:48 PM

  • December 31, 2021
    Jill Bergman says:
    I'm really sorry about your husband's death. I will pray for you and your family during this time of loss..

  • December 31, 2021
    Murray and Debbie says:
    Marilyn, my heart is broken with the news of Bill passing. He has meant so much to our family. Bill was with my dad when he passed 31 years ago and was tasked with delivering the sad news to my brother and myself and the two of you loved and supported my Mom until her passing a few years ago. There has never been a stronger or more honorable man than Bill Batson. May he Rest In Peace for a life well lived. Hope to see you soon.

  • December 30, 2021
    Lois and Chip Drury says:
    Tina, Please accept our deepest sympathy on the death of your beloved father. You spoke of him in so many conversations!! Such a great man. With love, support and understanding, Chip and Lois Drury