Edwin "Paul" Batia, Jr.

Born in Biloxi, Mississippi on April 8, 1938

Departed on June 23, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, Tennessee

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Edwin “Paul” Batia, Jr. – Age 78, went to be with the lord on June 23, 2016.
He was born on April 8, 1938 in Biloxi, MS to Edwin Paul Batia, Sr. and Mary Batia. He was a graduate from Van Cleave, MS High School and later drafted into the United States Army. He served his country honorably from 1961 to 1967. After serving his country he was in the music industry across the states of Mississippi, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Later he became a top rated sales person with Garrett’s furniture and eventually ending up with Haverty’s Furniture in Hendersonville where he retired from in 2004.
Preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, Freda Batia; sisters, Susan Elizabeth Batia & Vickie Wilkerson. Survived by his daughter, Paula Ra’Chelle Byus (Jamie), Danette Maxwell (Glenn Purcell), Tanya Knott,sisters, Maryanne Batia, Carolyn Tyndel, Lorraine Stutts; brothers, O.C. Westbrook and Danny Pounds; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
A Life Celebration will be held 2:00pm, Tuesday. Visitation will be 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Tuesday at Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 East Main Street, Hendersonville, TN, 37075 615-824-3855 hendersonvillefh.com

22 Comments to Edwin "Paul" Batia, Jr.

  1. Tanya Knott
    June 25, 2016 9:49 pm

    This man was the most amazing person you could know. Papa, we will miss you dearly. You did it your way and did an excellent job. RIP sweet soul. I love you!

    • Daniel Pounds
      March 8, 2017 8:32 pm

      Tonya. This is your uncle Dan Pounds. Sorry I haven’t contacted you long before now, but It,s been hard for me. My brother was one hell of a guy, that he rasied a daughter that LOVED him so. Contact me OK . Uncle D

  2. Patreka wallace
    June 26, 2016 9:44 am

    Tanya,my thoughts and prayers are with u and your family,love u

  3. Steve and Kay Akers
    June 26, 2016 2:07 pm

    This man was a wonderful husband father and grandfather. He will be miss by many people. Tell Freda we all miss her. You two have a lot to catch up on so RIP Paul. Love you Kay and Steve Akers

  4. Wayne Hawkins
    June 27, 2016 12:00 am

    I knew Paul for about 60 years, when he had a furniture store at Nw 10th and Portland in Oklahoma City, he would go out sit in a chair playing his guitar and singing to get customers in the store. I was not very good with music, so I would just sit and watch. I was with him when he met Freda and they hit it off right away. Paul will be missed by all. I am now 79 so I will possibly see him soon.

    • Tanya Knott
      June 29, 2016 11:24 am

      Wayne, you were a very special person to Mama and Papa! I remember you well. You cheered me on when I painted the windows of Papa’s store! Always a kind word and much laughter! I remember you and Papa almost made me fall off the ladder from laughing so hard! Thank you for being such a wonderful friend! May the Lord Bless you always!

  5. EVA WILLIAMS
    June 27, 2016 1:05 am

    I met Paul and his wife when my daughter brought her home next door to him. They was two lovely people. He become a father figure to my son Willie who never left his side. Paul had a good heart always looked out for my son and daughter when we went through the lost of my daughter he was there ,he put his illness aside. There never be a human like him you couldn’t help but love him. I will miss him God saw Paul were tired so he call my good friend home. Paul will be looking down on us. I live in New York when ever I visited we would set and talk about life, his garden .and his music. He truly were family going to miss Paul RIP. we love you.

  6. Stacey Wheatley
    June 27, 2016 7:57 am

    What a man!! What a character!! He was always keeping my brothers and I laughing with his jokes and stunts. I loved going out to eat with him because someone ALWAYS asked for an autograph from “George Jones”. He probably signed as often as George did! I love you Uncle Paul, you are missed. Thank you for the wonderful memories.

  7. Holly West
    June 27, 2016 10:10 am

    Paula –

    All of your friends and coworkers at Unit Liner are praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

  8. Richard & Lona B. Chase
    June 27, 2016 12:41 pm

    Always a welcome sight at camp meeting in Vancleave. Pauls songs & stories will be greatly missed but will live on in loving memories. He is with God now and we know he is happy. Our deepest condolences to the family.

    • Tanya Knott
      June 27, 2016 1:03 pm

      Thanks to all for the kind words and condolences. He was a treasure in everyone’s heart and will be missed dearly.RIP sweet Papa! We love you to the moon and back !???

  9. Judy Gribble
    June 27, 2016 12:49 pm

    Goodbye to our amazing, caring and loving friend. Our friendship goes way back with Paul & Frieda. Howard and Paul worked together at Haverty’s Furniture and became such good buddies. We have so many happy memories with them, and so very glad we had the opportunity to enjoy a weekend in the Smoky Mountains with them several years ago. Now Paul & Frieda can be together again….as it should be. Our most sincere sympathy goes out to Paul’s family. We will miss him very much. In Christian love, Howard & Judy Gribble, Dickson, TN

  10. Linda Glozzer
    June 27, 2016 4:44 pm

    My sweet PaPa I will miss him so much! I would talk to him for hours , he took me in like his own . I divorced out of the family and 1980 and I never skipped a beat they were always the mom and dad that I never had I love them both with all I am they gave me advice on raising the two girls they love the girls with all their heart Grandma and Paw paw we would come down and visit from Oklahoma for summer vacation as much as I possibly could and it was the best part of their childhood I think was just seeing them going to Opryland I pray for papa to rest in peace I love him and I will miss him daily Linda

  11. Carolyn Tyndall (the chosen sister)
    June 27, 2016 5:04 pm

    I have sooo many stories I could tell but most of them would be edited. He came to live with us when I was 10 years old so he could take my brother to school in a wheelchair. (We lived right across the street from the school.) I was so afraid of him. But after awhile I really loved him. In our adult years he was always there for me. You could not have asked for a better brother. Going to miss you Paul and on Sunday night when we had our phone conversations, what will I do. Love you Paul. Miss you

  12. Tish Manning
    June 27, 2016 6:05 pm

    Enjoyed meeting him in the last few years. He was so sweet and nice to all that sat with him at the table at Long Hollow where we all just loved to hear him sing. He was always so brave in his many illnesses and we all admired him for showing up to sing and joke with us. In short he was loved so much and will be missed.

  13. Martin& Janice Perryman
    June 28, 2016 1:14 am

    Danette, Bill & Janette,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. From reading the comments Paul was an outstanding person and was loved by many. May God give you peace and comfort.

  14. Jennifer Knott
    June 28, 2016 7:15 am

    My wonderful paw paw, I will miss you dearly. Such a wonderful man with a wonderful heart. Give grandma a hug and kiss for me.

  15. Eljay Elia
    June 28, 2016 9:22 am

    I am grateful to have been Paul’s next door neighbor. Paul made me and my son feel welcome and accepted with his warm smile and easy manner. We began a ritual of sharing homemade cooking and vegetables, and my son would ask me often, “Mom, do we have any more of Paul’s butter beans?” as Paul was an amazing cook and gardner and canned lots of wonderful foods which he graciously shared. I loved spending time in the garden talking and hearing stories of his early days with the Grand Ole Opry and his career with Haverty’s and admired his ever-lasting love to his wife Frieda, who had passed before him. The memorial to her in his garden was always refreshed with flowers in her memory. I always was amazed at his road trips to cook for family and friends in Mississipppi and play music along the gulf coast dispite his health struggles. Paul’s spirit exemplified the true nature of a strong, kind man and know he is singing and playing guitar with his beloved Frieda now in a heavenly garden. Blessings and prayers to his family and many dedicated friends, as he will be greatly missed.

  16. Gregory Elia
    June 28, 2016 10:33 am

    I didn’t know Paul well,but I always marveled at the shrine to his and his wife’s love in his garden. There is a special place in heaven for a couple whose devotion to each other is so deep and true. God Bless you Paul.

  17. Daniel Pounds
    March 8, 2017 8:41 pm

    Loved and miss him too. My life is getting short, maybe I’ll see him soon. Uncle Danny from Ms.

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