Ernest Leon Patterson, Sr. "Kayo" He was born in Lulu, Florida on June 17, 1927, to Lonney Bryan Patterson Lovelace and George M. Patterson and went home to be with his "Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ" on Saturday, December 8, 2012. He remained and passed away in his home of 60 years after a lengthy illness with his son, Ernest, being his fulltime caregiver and friend. Earlier in his life he served in the United States Army, he worked at the Shell plant in Archer, worked for Whitehurst Road Construction, was an old time cowboy riding the range out on Payne's Prairie, mechanic for Brasington Cadillac, Gainesville, ran the J.P. Ranch, Chiefland, Gainesville and Ocala Livestock markets, and all this while keeping up with his own 130 acre farm in the sandhills of Levy County. He was a past member of Concord Baptist Church and current member of Archer Baptist Church, being a deacon in the past of both and loving to sing the wonderful gospel songs. He loved his Lord, his wife, Loretta, which he lost to an extended illness last year, and his family.

He was preceded in death by his father, George M. Patterson; mother Lonney Bryan Patterson Lovelace; and his grandparents that helped raise him, Elizabeth Alvenia Bryan Cason and step-grandfather James Lafayette. Cason. He is survived by his son Ernest Leon Patterson, Jr. (Trina) and their children Lane and Bailey; daughter, Rose Marea Rao (Krishna) and their children Ryan, Michael and Kristina. He was an only child, but grew up with his Aunt, Jimmie Cason Sapp as a very close sister and step-brother Charlie Lovelace (Leona).

Visitation was held on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm at Knauff Funeral Home. Services were held at the funeral home at 4:00 pm on Monday, December 10th with Reverend Dr. Ray Scott and Doctor James Jackson officiating. Burial followed at Orange Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Archer Baptist Church, Attn: Bereavement Committee, P.O. Box 248 Archer, FL 32618.

Arrangements are under the care of Knauff Funeral Home-Williston.

Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 11 to Dec. 12, 2012