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Ernest Kent Batson

Funeral services for Ernest Kent Batson, 72, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 15, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, White Church, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Mr. Batson passed away at 10:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at his home.


He was born December 20, 1947, at West Plains, Missouri, to Ernest Carl Batson and Myrtle Mae Diskin Batson.  Mr. Batson was a veteran, having served with the United States Navy.  On October 12, 1974, he was married at Kansas City, Kansas, to Linda Hanna.  Kent enjoyed gardening, being outdoors, visiting with people and he loved his church family.  Mr. Batson was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.


He is survived by his wife, Linda Batson, of the family home; two daughters, Sara Batson, West Plains, Missouri and Jennifer Batson-Lavely, Springfield,  Missouri; three sisters, Sue Schramm, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kathy Nixon and husband, Mark, Seffner, Florida and Leslie Alexander, State of California; two sisters-in-law, Laurel Batson, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Karen North and her son, Mike, Kansas City, Missouri; his nieces and nephews, Michael McCrary, Stephen Libheart, Ernie Batson and wife, Kristin, Bill Batson and wife, Martha, Jeremy Savran, Diane Keep and husband, Butch, Dawna Aldredge, Aaron Nixon and Megan Nixon.


His parents, one brother, Larry Batson, two sisters, Duane Schnatmeyer and Diane Batson and two nephews, Jim Batson and David Jolliff, preceded him in death.


Visitation Services will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, in the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO  65775. Online condolences may be expressed at