Funeral services for SFC (Ret.) Charles Patton, 79, of Southside, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Williams Southside Memorial Gardens with visitation beginning at noon. The Revs. Dr. Scott Harris of Southside Baptist and Bob Thornton will officiate. Music will be provided by Bill Drummons and Darren Hood.
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Mr. Patton was a native of Etowah County and attended Emma Sansom High School before entering the military and serving for the next 22 years. Mr. Patton was a decorated veteran of both the conflict in Korea and the war in Vietnam. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Mr. Patton was extremely proud of his service to the United States and remained a soldier until the very end. Mr. Patton will be buried with full military honors, reflecting his long commitment to the defense of his country.
Upon returning to Gadsden in 1972, Mr. Patton was employed by the State of Alabama at the Gadsden Employment Office, where he spent 16 years assisting veterans in finding jobs. He retired from this job in 1997 to finally enjoy his retirement years with his family.
Mr. Patton was preceded in death by his parents, Emmett and Vera Patton; brother, Thomas Patton; sister, Mary Jo Patton; and son, David Keith Patton.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Barbara Ann Patton; sisters, Betty O'Dell and Carolyn Patton; brother, Harold Patton; children, Darryl Patton (Jane), Suzanne Hunt (Terry), Karen Deleon (Tom), Kimberly Patton, Melissa Gordon (Randall); special grandchildren, Darryl Espeleta, Anthony Espeleta (Shannon). Levi Patton (Lana), Thomas Deleon (Crystal); and great-grandchildren, Luke Patton, Destin Espeleta, Tanner Roberts, Christopher Deleon and Christian Deleon. He also leaves his constant companions whom he loved dearly, his girls Maggie and Puppers.
Pallbearers will be a military escort, and honorary pallbearers will be his lifelong friends from childhood, Harold Mabrey and Larry Foster.
Published in The Gadsden Times on Dec. 29, 2012