Mrs. Hui Uk “Tammy” Batson, 74, of Cornelius, NC, passed away due to complications from a stroke on Saturday, April 8, 2017.
Hui Uk was born in Pusan, South Korea, then moved to Seoul where she grew up. Later, Hui Uk moved to Tajon City, South Korea where she met, fell in love with, and married an American Army soldier who was stationed at Camp Casey, a base near the DMZ. She became Mrs. Kenneth F. Batson on May 21st, 1962, and dubbed “Tammy.” Tammy Batson became her American name. She and her husband were married in both a traditional Korean wedding and an American ceremony performed by the U.S. consulate. Tammy and Ken moved to the United States shortly thereafter. Tammy proudly became a U.S. Citizen after passing her U.S Citizenship test in 1970. Since her husband was in the Army, Tammy lived in GA, CA, MD, AZ (twice), NC (twice) and spent three years each living in Germany and England. After 20 years of bearing the hardships and joys of being an Army wife, Tammy and her husband retired in Jacksonville, NC where they lived for 45 years, until her first stroke in April of 2014 necessitated a move to her younger daughter, Elizabeth Krajnik’s home in Huntersville, NC, then on to Cornelius, NC with the Krajnik family. Tammy enjoyed cooking and loved gardening and, most of all, spending time with family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Park Jae Yae (mother), and Kim Jung Suk (father).
Hui Uk “Tammy” Batson is survived by her husband of 54 years, Kenneth Batson, their children; Vicky Poutas (John) of Margate, FL, Elizabeth Krajnik (Mark) of Cornelius, NC, step-son Franklin Batson (Gail) of Jacksonville, NC, grandchildren; Ryan Masters, Matthew and Greyson Poutas, Cali and Stella Krajnik, step-grandchildren; Franklin “Buddy” Batson (Aimee) and Shanon Batson Civils, great grandchildren; Nehemiah and Eliza Masters, step-great grandchildren; Riley and Katelyn Batson, and Morgan and Mason Civils.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made at gofundme.com. Type “Buddy Wrestles Cancer” in the search bar. He will be the first one to come up in the results.
Tammy’s wish was that her cremains be scattered in a beautiful place. She will be missed.
James Funeral Home of Huntersville is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.jamesfuneralhomelkn.com.