Hugh Henry Batchhelder, Jr.

  • Born: October 30, 1933
  • Died: October 28, 2017
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Hugh Henry Batchelder, Jr., known to all as "Cotton," passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the age of 83. He was born in San Antonio to parents Hugh Henry Batchelder and Alma Banspach Batchelder. Cotton served as an altar boy at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles in Alamo Heights, attended Central Catholic and Thomas Jefferson High School and shortly after served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Cotton was very driven and started working at a young age. From delivering newspapers on his bike, to working and then managing the Gulf Station in Alamo Heights, where he worked through high school. Cotton loved San Antonio and was instrumental in building and restoring many of the city's special landmarks. He was President of Batchelder Construction Co. and Triple Vending Company for 40 years and was one of the first developers of the San Antonio Riverwalk, involved in revitalization projects such as, the Casino building, Losoya Hotel, the Kangaroo Court and countless others. He built the first, of many, Taco Cabanas in San Antonio and throughout the state. This list of restaurants, bars and stores he built is endless. He had a great love for south Texas which drew him into the ranching and cattle business. It gave him much pride to know his family would be able to enjoy the ranch for generations. Cotton's hard work, strong drive and loyalty was equal to his incredible wit and sense of humor. All those who knew him loved a good 'Cotton story.'

Cotton is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bonnie James Batchelder, their son Hugh Henry Batchelder III (Trey), grandchildren Hugh Henry Batchelder IV, Sophia Marie Batchelder, and Cotton's daughter Laura Alice Batchelder.

Cotton's love for his family, lifelong friends, and loyal employees was unmatched, he will be missed by all who knew him.

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