I just heard about Mr Patton's passing. I was a student of his 1963-66 in Seymour, IN. I have many fond memories of him, but none more important than when he visited me in the hospital when I was battling pneumonia in 1963. I lost touch with him after high school, but I had a great thrill to visit with him, his wife, and daughter in June 2007. Mr Patton will always live on in those of us that he directed.
My prayers go out to you. James was a great director and friend to me and several others.I was in class of 81 and James will always be a part of my fond memories of school band.
Marilyn, Stan and Susan,
Thank you for your unselfishness throughout the lifetime of James C. Patton. Your willingness to share your husband and father is a gift that many of us are forever grateful that you shared. Remember those times that you may have tired of letting him go because those are the times that he was leading us and making us grow! Jim touched so many lives that it will take years to spread the word to all of those who would have wanted to say goodbye. Again, we thank you and wish you much love and happiness as you remember how he ministered to so many during their most vulnerable and impressionable times. A great man he was....butI know he lives on in those that will honor and cherish everything he taught and gave us through our time with him.
Much love and respect,
Kelly Burcham Brooks - daughter of
Joyce Burcham - Anderson, Indiana
Mr. Patton was an incredible man. For all of us in his "Band of Pirates", he created an amazing experience that not only involved music, but involved every aspect of life - in fact to many of us, band became our life. We are all so fortunate to have known him and had his influence on our lives. He helped to instill a love for music in me that led me to follow in his footsteps and make music education my career. I'm sure that I speak for the many band directors out there that he "fathered" in saying, "I hope that I have been able to influence my students in the same way he impacted me." Thank you Marilyn and kids for sharing your father and husband with all of us.
Mr. Patton was obviously many things to many people. Personally, I owe at least part of my work ethic, motivation to strive for perfection and respect for others to Mr. Patton. I pray that his family takes comfort in knowing the sustained influence he had on so many people.
Mr James C Patton; General of the Pirates band. He helped to shape so many of us into who we were to become...better people who learned our individual parts so that we functioned as a whole. I will never forget my band days or Mr Patton on the platform with the horn ...demanding that we give our best. He was a man that made a difference.I am thankful that he was a part of my life.
Marilyn & kids, it is a very sad day to hear of Mr. Patton's passing. He was and always will be the most influential man in my life. The Band of Pirates is still the best years of my life and I so admired him for everything he did for me. May God Bless you and be with you in your time of need.
So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Patton. Prayers are going out to all of the family. Many great memories were made in the Southmont Marching Mounties band!
I have very fond memories of Jim's friendship & mentoring to a young band director in the 1970's. His passion for band directing & music education will live forever in the lives of his many students.
I was in the BOP and after 30 years, Mr. Patton recalled my name and the instrument I played. I was blessed to have known him. He will be missed.
Mr. Patton was an amazing influence. I grew up as a part of his "Band of Pirates" and can truly say that he made a difference to me. We who were so fortunate to be his students can only hope to have such an influence on at least one person in our life. I hope his family can take some comfort in the knowledge that his memory lives on in so many of us. Thank you for sharing him with us all.
Marilyn, Stan, and families,
Our love, thoughts, and prayers for strength and comfort are with all of you. We will miss Jim and his wacky sense of humor.
God Bless You,
Connie & Phil
I am sorry to learn of The passing of Mr. Patton. My deepest sympathies go to the entire family.
Marilyn and family,
I send my heartfelt sympathy to you all. I was in high school with Jimmy, and imagine, even now, that he is organizing a "pep band" in heaven. May the Lord touch you with His Peace.
Susan and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. It's unimaginably hard losing someone who has touched so many lives, but the good memories will bring you much comfort in the coming days.
Rest in peace Mr . Patton . Thanks to all the hard work and sacrifices you and Mrs.Patton made for so many students over the years . Love ya both .
Mr. general Patton has touched so many lives. He pulled the best from all of us Pirates at Madison Heights. I salute you and thank you for pushing me to my limit and beyond. You made all of us realize who we could be with perseverance.
Marilyn, I worked with Jim at Turkey Run INN and we worked the 2nd shift together. He was a great co-worker and I always enjoyed working with him. I will miss him. I always thought the world of him and enjoyed listen to him talk about his sons and you. Jim was a fantastic person!
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Patton family. Jim was a friend and fellow Phi Beta Mu brother. His gift to music education and his contribution to his students will be treasured for years to come. God Bless each of you.
My prayers are with you, Mrs. Patton. Let me say that God's grace is sufficient and will help you through the lonely days ahead that face you. I am so glad that my path crossed that of your husband and you. May God give you His peace and be your closest companion!
Mrs. Patton, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband...but God's gain. Mr. Patton's passing just makes Heaven that much sweeter to look forward to. I can't express to you how much his presence, and yours, in my sister's life meant to our family. You both were instrumental in helping to mold her to be the wonderful woman she is today. She loves you both so much and I know she will always hold a very dear spot in her heart for Mr. Patton. You and your family are in our prayers.
Heavens music will never sound better as they will now that Mr. Patton as received is Angel Wings and has arrived. The music will be alive and playing beautifully. The arrangements will be perfect and precise, just as a great director would have it! I was so honored and blessed to have marched for Mr. Patton, and have him as a role model. I thank the family for sharing him to all that marched for him. His dedication, and time that he gave to so many, was truly a rewarding experience. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Patton's for the loss of such a wonderful Husband, Father, and Friend. Thank you all for sharing him with us. God Bless......
My heartfelt condolence goes out to the Patton family. Mr. Patton is one of my most memorable and respected educators. He pushed us hard and made us proud of who we are, whether it was playing in the band or selling fruit cake. He left a lasting legacy at Southmount and I am glad to have been a brief moment of it. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all.
My thoughts & prayers go out to all. Mr. Patton touched so many lives while he was here. He will be greatly missed.
So sad to hear Mr Patton has passed. I have great memories of him from Madison Heights.
I am so sad to hear that we have lost Mr.Patton . He was an amazing man and he will greatly missed. May God bless your family during this time of sorrow.
My thoughts are with the family in this time of need. Mr. Patton will always be a part of my childhood that I'll never forget. A candle has been lit for him. God Bless.
I was so sorry to read about Jim's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family now.