William Price Patterson, 88, Southside, passed away Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011.
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Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Southside Baptist Church. Burial will be at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery. The Revs. Larry Fuhrman and Scott Harris will officiate. Eulogies will be by Bill Drummons and Lauil Thompson. Music will be by Bill Drummons, Leslie McGlaughn, Barbara Boyd, Cheryl Edmondson and Susan Firestone. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening at Collier Butler and also from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Southside Baptist Church.
Collier-Butler will be directing services.
Price was born March 22, 1923, in Whorton's Bend, Etowah County, to parents John Lauil and Agnes (Whorton) Patterson. He graduated from Southside High School in 1942. One year later, Price was drafted into military service during World War II. He served in England with the 8th Air Force, 490th Bomb Group.
Price married his high school sweetheart, Kathryn Fuhrman, on Nov. 19, 1943. Price was a descendant of the Whorton generation that settled Whorton's Bend. He was raised in Whorton's Bend and always had a great love of the community and the relatives and friends there. He was employed with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for 31 years.
He loved to travel. He and his wife traveled most of the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. In addition, they traveled parts of Europe, Canada and Mexico.
He had been a resident of Southside since 1945. He was instrumental in getting the community incorporated into the town of Southside in 1957. He served on the first town council and was the last living member. On June 28, 1993, the Southside City Council proclaimed him as Citizen of the Month, recognizing him for his major contribution to the betterment of the city. On Oct. 12, 1996, at the sesquicentennial Celebration (1846-1996) of Gadsden, he was recognized by U.S. Rep. Tom Bevill as a Community Leader, Exemplifying the True Meaning of The Spirit of American Citizenship.
Price had been an active member of the Southside Baptist Church since 1945 and served as senior adult president for many years.
He loved his family, church, community and many relatives and friends everywhere.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lauil and Agnes (Whorton) Patterson; infant son, Timothy Michael Patterson; young daughter, Carol Vanessa Patterson; sister, Julia Belle Thompson; and special brother-in-law, Gartrell Thompson.
Survived by wife, Kathryn (Furhman) Patterson, of 67 years; son, Ritchie (Donna) Patterson; grandchildren, Angie (Scott) Haller and Eric (Erica) Patterson; great-grandchildren, Mason Haller, Ethan Haller and Katie Brooks; brother R.B. (Dee) Patterson; in-laws, Ralph Snyder and Belle Fuhrman; and many nephews and nieces.
Price's greatest legacy, handed down from his parents, was to love God with all your heart and serve Him, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you and to be a good citizen of your community and country.
Pallbearers: Jimmy Thompson, Rodney Thompson, Tony McGlaughn, Warren Fuhrman, Lowell Fuhrman, Rodney Harris, Michael Snyder, Bobby Vinson and Dennis McLendon.
Honorary pallbearers: Couples for Christ Sunday School class, Southside Baptist Church family and close neighbors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be give to Southside Baptist Church – Ever Faithful Building Fund.
Special friends - former pastor, Rev. Bob Thornton and wife, Faye, Bill and Sondra Drummons, Margaret and Lynn Collins and the late Jane and E.P. Keenum.
Special thanks to Brent Lawley, Stacy, Rhonda and Lawley Hospice Care and staff; Dr. Jason Ayres; and caregiver, Phyllis Pikes.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.collier-butler.com.
Published in The Gadsden Times on Aug. 8, 2011