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Edward Patton

Obituary Condolences

Edward Helfenstein "Ted" Patton, Jr. died on Friday, the 24th of January 2014, in Houston.
He was born in Waco, Texas, the son of Edward Helfenstein and Maydee Caulfield Patton. After the family moved to Kerrville, he graduated from Tivy High School in 1939 and from Schreiner Institute (now Schreiner University). In 1942, he received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas. He volunteered for the Navy immediately after Pearl Harbor and upon graduation was called to active duty as a Midshipman assigned to officers training at Northwestern University. He was commissioned as an Ensign in December of 1942. After taking additional training in gunnery and sonar he was assigned to the U.S.S. Anderson, a destroyer operating in the Pacific. During his service on that vessel, and later as executive officer of the U.S.S. Waller, he received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with five battle stars, the American Campaign Medal, The Philippine Presidential Unit Citation with a bronze star and the China Service Medal. While aboard the Anderson he escaped injury although the ship was heavily damaged twice, one by a Japanese shore battery in the Marshall Islands and once by a Japanese suicide bomber in the Philippines. Upon his release from active duty he entered the University of Texas School of Law, receiving his law degree in 1949.
In 1948, he married Anne LaVerne Berry of Fort Worth. They moved to Houston in 1949, where he became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, engaging in criminal prosecutions and civil litigation. Thereafter he was in private civil practice until 1971, when he was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, serving as Judge of that court until 1983, at which time he became Of Counsel to the law firm of Vinson and Elkins, retiring in 1990.
He belonged to the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation, the Houston Bar Association, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Phi Theta Kappa scholastic fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity, First Presbyterian Church, and the River Oaks Country Club
He leaves his wife, Anne Berry Patton; sons, Grier Parker Patton and his wife Camille Cocke Patton of Houston, and Edward Berry Patton and his wife Beverly Bell Patton of San Antonio; and grandchildren, Christopher Howell Patton of Chico, California, Madeleine Grier Patton of Houston, Laura Anne Patton Badders and her husband Matthew, and Grier Joseph Patton of San Antonio; and two great-grandchildren, Addison and Madyson Patton of Chico, California.
A memorial service is to be conducted at half-past ten o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 28th of January, in the Community Center of the Hallmark Retirement Community, 4718 Hallmark Drive in Houston, where Dr. Bill Heston, Executive Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, is to officiate.
Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the nearby Lounge.

Published in Express-News on Jan. 27, 2014
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