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Malcolm Batson

   Malcolm Gale Batson, aged 91, of San Angelo, Texas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday,
December 27, 2023, at San Angelo Rehabilitation. Born in Ackerly, Texas, Gale was the cherished son of Leo Batson and Laura Batson.
    A lifelong cotton farmer, Gale worked tirelessly from sunup to sundown, taking immense pride in providing for his family. After graduating from high school, he served with pride in the United States Army for two years. Gale was not only an expert gardener, cultivating cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, beans, watermelon, and a colorful array of flowers, but also a fantastic storyteller. His tales, whether true or whimsical, never failed to bring laughter.
    A man of wit, humor, and sincerity, Gale never met a stranger. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren affectionately called him “Grandaddy,” and he would serenade them with the song
“Oh My Darling.” Teaching most of them to drive on the back farm roads, he created memories they will forever cherish. With an insatiable sweet tooth, Gale was known for his love of sweets.
    Dovie, his cherished wife, and closest confidante was the true love of Gale's life. Over the years,
as they faced the trials of aging together, Dovie grappled with Alzheimer’s. Gale, ever devoted, cared for her at home for as long as possible, despite his own health challenges. In March 2023,
Dovie passed away – the comforting certainty that they are together once more brings solace to those left behind.
    Even in the hospital, Gale maintained his sense of humor, joking and playing pranks on the nurses. A wonderful man, he was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Gale Batson will be forever missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and loving him.
    Gale was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife of seventy years, Dovie Batson, daughters Shanda Hinkle, and Gayla Batson, and brother Glen Batson. He is survived by his
daughter Jody Furlow, grandchildren Cory Furlow and wife Traci, Cari Stultz and husband Jake, Drew Hinkle, and great-grandchildren David Furlow, Kourtlyn Furlow, and Merrick Stultz. He also leaves behind brothers James Batson and wife Kay, and Jerry Batson and wife Pauline, sister-in-law Mildred Brown and numerous other loving family members and friends.
    A graveside service with military honors will be held 10am, Saturday, January 6, 2023, at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring with Charlie Johnson officiating.

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