John B. Patterson, age 81, passed away, Friday, September 26, 2014. John was born November 7, 1932 in Harnett County just outside of Lillington.
After completing high school, he served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army where he served stateside at Fort Jackson, SC and Fort Carson, CO during the Korean War. After completing his military service, he began a 33 year career at Dorothea Dix Hospital working as a technician. Shortly after starting his career at Dix Hill, he met Frances Ruth Lee, to whom he was married for 57 years. She was the love of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, the late James A. and Virginia Bell Patterson, as well as his sisters Emma P. Byrd and Anne P. Collins.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Lee; daughters, Beverly Lambert and husband, Buddy, of Raleigh and Sandra Newsome and husband, Bruce, of Mebane; grandchildren Jeremy Lambert and wife Crystal, Jacob Lambert, Shelly Massey, and Shannon Swanger; great grandchildren Charlotte and Annabelle Lambert; sisters Sadie P. Byrd and husband Ed, Carolyn P. Haire, Marie P. Hinesly; brother Larry Patterson and Shirley Weaver. He is also survived by his many nephews and nieces.
John’s first love was his God, Jehovah, as he was a devout Jehovah’s Witness for over 40 years. He followed on that strong faith with his devotion to family and friends. The impact he had on their lives, even strangers, will be long remembered.
John loved traveling, gardening, and playing tennis; he was always on the move and could never sit still. "Papa" will always be remembered as a humble man; a kind, gentle, and loving husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Robert Hennon, M.D. and Dr. Russell Anderson, M.D. as well as the staff at Johnston Memorial Hospital for their tireless efforts to keep John in good health and making him comfortable in the times he needed them.
Thanks to our family and friends who have offered love, prayers, and support throughout.
A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM, Sunday, September 28, 2014 at McLaurin Funeral Home, 12830 US HWY 70 Business West, Clayton, NC 27520. The family will receive friends from 2-3pm at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mclaurinatpinecrest.com.
Arrangements are with McLaurin Funeral Home.