Carrollton - Franklin Eugene Patrick, Jr., 82, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family, Saturday, December 28, 2013. Born October 9, 1931, in Talbot County on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Frank was the son of the late Franklin E., Sr. and Hilda Dean. He had been a resident of Isle of Wight County for the past 37 years.
He graduated from Easton High School and attended the University of Maryland. In high school, Frank was active in the 4-H Club and the FFA, which he served as state secretary for Maryland. He proudly served his country in the US Air Force, during the Korean Conflict, and the Air Force Reserves. He returned to civilian life and managed the Southern States Farmer's Supply, Easton, MD. He then joined the team at Home Beneficial Life Insurance Co. and retired as district manager after 38 years of service. For the past 9 years Frank was an assistant at Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield.
Frank was a member of the American Legion, Post 49, Smithfield, and served as the Past 1st Commander. He was a past-president of Smithfield Lions Club. Frank was a charter member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and past- president of the Good Shepherd Parrish Council and Men's Club. In his past time, Frank enjoyed gardening, the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was a great storyteller and had bragging rights of flying an airplane under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Frank leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 62 years, Mary Shortall Patrick; daughter, Beth Ziegler (Bob) ; sons, Steven G. Patrick and David J. Patrick; six grandchildren, Erin and Kevin Ziegler, Kristen, Samantha, and Michael Patrick and Kelly Patrick; sister, Pat Parent; and brother, Dale L. Patrick; and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of extended family, including his long-time best friend, Frank Drewery.
Family and friends will gather 6:30-8:00 pm, Monday, December 30, in Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield. A funeral mass will be held 10 am, Tuesday, December 31, in Good Shepherd Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. Oscar Paraiso officiating. Burial will be private in Albert G. Horton Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Suffolk.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 300 Smithfield Blvd., PO Box 840, Smithfield, VA 23431
Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, VA
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Dec. 29, 2013