Robert Edward Batchelor

Robert Edward Batchelor

July 30, 1936 – September 8, 2020

Wendell – Robert Edward Batchelor, 84, died Tuesday. He was born in Franklin County to the late William Eark & Annie Williams Batchelor. He retired from NC State and later worked and retired from First Citizens Bank. Robert was a good man with a funny sense of humor who could always make you smile and make you feel like you’ve known him your whole life. He was preceded in death by siblings, Wallace Batchelor, Eddie Batchelor, & Betty Oakley.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy “Dot” Liles Batchelor of the home, sons, Greg Batchelor (Phyllis Bradley), Doug Batchelor (friend, Gail Gay), sisters, Mildred West, Annette Boykin, Lacy Smith, sister-in-law, Eleanor Maxey, grandchildren, Jordan Batchelor, Blair Deese (Brandon), Ali Hatchett, & Kelsey Hatchett, great grandchildren, Miller Deese, Harper Deese & Krew Carroll.

Flowers welcomed or memorials may be made to Social Plains Baptist Church or Jimmy V Foundation.

Graveside service 2 pm, Saturday, Social Plains Baptist Church Cemetery.

Robert will lie in repose Friday 2-5 pm, Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, NC 27591.


  • Ira C. Fuller Posted September 10, 2020 12:12 pm

    To Mrs. Dot and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Robert was a good man, friend to all he met and enjoyed life to the fullest. May you find peace and strength for the days ahead. He truly will be missed by many folks he had met in life.

  • Anita and Daryl Hales Posted September 10, 2020 12:46 pm

    Mrs. Dot and the rest of the family,
    Sorry about the passing of Mr. Robert. He was a good friend to many and will be missed by all who knew him. May you find comfort in knowing he is no longer sick. Treasure all of your wonderful memories for they are a blessing. Prayers, thoughts, and hugs to all of you during this difficult time for your family.

  • Barbara & Jimmy Alford Posted September 10, 2020 2:24 pm

    Jimmy and I send our condolences to Mrs Dot and all the family. He was a good man that will truly be missed. Prayers for all

  • Danny and Jean Hocutt Posted September 10, 2020 4:27 pm

    Love and prayers

  • Margaret Ayscue Posted September 10, 2020 5:05 pm

    Prayers to the family. May GOD give you peace and comfort during these days of missing your love one. He was such a blessing to so many people. I will surely miss him.

  • Vern Sullivan Posted September 10, 2020 5:42 pm

    He was certainly a lifelong friend and a mentor to me personally. He was a definition of what a Christian man should be! My love goes out to all the family! He will surely be missed!

  • Betsy and Chuck Congleton Posted September 10, 2020 9:44 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  • William Burgess Posted September 10, 2020 10:26 pm

    Robert and I grew up together and I have many fond memories of him. So very to hear of his passing. Praying for his family during this time. It is with much regret that I cannot attend his funeral service’s because of doctors orders to stay at home due to health reasons, but will be watching on Facebook

  • Lisa Creech Braswell Posted September 10, 2020 10:37 pm

    Dot and family, i am so sorry to hear the passing of Robert. Sending Love and prayers.

  • Lee Spitznagel Posted September 11, 2020 8:37 am

    Dear Dot-
    I knew Robert since his banking days and always enjoyed his wit and humor. We met often at the
    post office and kidded each other all the time. My sympathy to you and the family.

  • John Lipcsak Posted September 11, 2020 10:44 am

    I always loved as a young kid and through high school walking into the bank to see this wonderful man. He always had time to stop and find out how life was going for you. He honestly cared for everyone that walked through the bank doors.

  • Everette and Phyllis Prosise Posted September 11, 2020 2:40 pm

    Dot, Greg, Doug and Robert’s loving sisters, grand children and great grand children,
    I would like to name all who loved Robert like family but all who knew him loved him. He was the most special man I have ever known and Phyllis and I miss his presence and special friendship. Our children thought of Robert as the most special uncle and loved his love and caring for them. There are so many memories to share and never forget. We join you in celebrating the life of Robert. Hugs to all.

  • Audrey McSwain Posted September 12, 2020 9:22 am

    Al and I are so so sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. He was a kind soul. We fondly remember Jeannette’s stories of their escapades while carpooling to NCSU. We are praying for peace and comfort.

  • Mark Dearmon Posted September 12, 2020 11:38 am

    I was heartbroken when I heard that Robert had passed. I worked with him at NC State. He was a great friend and gave me council during my early years. Like many have said, I don’t think anyone who knew him that didn’t love him. His calm demeanor and sense of humor were greatly appreciated. The world needs more Roberts. Prayers for Dot and his family.

  • Lisa Edwards Posted September 12, 2020 7:21 pm

    Dot, Greg and Doug… well as all the rest of the family….hard to believe such an incredible man has left us….will pray for your peace. Much love and many hugs being sent from Texas❤️

  • Chuck & Ellen Bryan Posted September 13, 2020 10:35 pm

    All that knew him were blessed and those that did not, what a pity. What a wonderful, caring human being. I will miss knowing he is not around….but know he is in a better place.

  • Marilyn Upchurch Posted September 19, 2020 4:09 pm

    Tony will welcome him with open arms as he loved him like a brother! Robert was a fantastic man. Dot, take care of yourself as know that he is in good hands. The Lord is getting a special angel ! Love and prayers to all the family.

  • Travis White Posted October 1, 2020 8:35 pm

    My mom (Jenny White) worked with Mr Robert for many years at FCB and they were best buds! Robert was always so cool and he just got along with everyone. He will be missed!

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