2016-12-29 / Obituaries

Patterson

Walter Lee Patterson Sr., 72, transitioned into eternity on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 while at his earthly home surrounded by his family.

He was born May 24, 1944 to Frank Sr. and Mable Ree Robinson Patterson.

Educated through the Clarke County Public School System. Patterson retired from Searcy Hospital after many years of service and had served in the United States Army and National Guard where he retired as a sergeant in 1995. A Vietnam veteran, he had received the Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He joined the Pine Chapel No. 1 Missionary Baptist Church in Grove Hill at an early age where he loved to sing and served as a deacon. Deacon Patterson was well known throughout Clarke County and the surrounding area for those good old fashion hymns that everyone loved to hear him sing.

Deacon Patterson leaves to forever cherish his loving memories his loving and devoted wife, Lela Mae Holloway Patterson, Grove Hill; three sons, Floyd (Helen) Holloway, Mobile, Gerald (Amanda) Patterson, Covington, Ga., and Walter (Brenda) Patterson Jr., Loganville, Ga.; two daughters, Coretta (Bronical) Thames, Conyers, Ga., and Cheryl Patterson, Covington; one brother, Arthur (Tracy) Patterson, Gulfport, Miss.; three sisters, Creola Wesley, Grove Hill, Arcola (Herbert) Williams, Thomasville and Malisa (Rev. Michael) Rice, Huntsville; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mable and Frank Patterson Sr.; and brothers, Louis Patterson, Frank Patterson, Johnny Patterson and Jeremiah Patterson.

The service was Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Clarke County High School auditorium, with Rev. Tommie Lee Chapman, pastor, as officiating minister. Interment followed in the Pine Chapel No. 1 Baptist Church Cemetery in Grove Hill with military honors.

Condolences to the family may be offered at www.jacksonmemorialfh.com.

Jackson Memorial Funeral Home directed.

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