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George Milton Patterson

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George Milton Patterson, age 86, of Homer passed away on Thursday, May 8, 2014. following an extended illness.

Mr. Patterson was born on Dec. 19, 1927, in Banks County to the late Young M. and Lila Poole Patterson. He was also preceded in death by his son, Greg Patterson; brothers, Roy Patterson and Clyde Patterson. Mr. Patterson was a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church, having served as a deacon for 50 years and actively involved in all aspects of the church. He was actively involved in education for 30 years, serving eight years as Banks County school superintendent, having also served as North Georgia Superintendent Association president. In addition to his deep commitment to education, he was actively involved in Banks County Government, having served as Chairman of Commissioners for 11 years. Mr. Patterson also served on the GMRDC Board and the RCDC Board.

Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, being the first couple married in the Nails Creek Baptist Church, Ruzelle Lewallen Patterson, Homer, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Danny Irvin, Homer, Ga.; daughter, Amy Patterson, Homer, Ga.; sister, Mary Ann Head, Buchanan, Ga.; grandchildren, Joseph Irvin, Homer, Ga., Nick and Misty Irvin, Homer, Ga., Stephen Irvin, Homer, Ga.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Nails Creek Baptist Church, Homer, Ga., with the Rev. Duane Eller and the Rev. Roy Rogers officiating. Interment will follow in Nails Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Scott Smith officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Nails Creek Baptist Church, 2743 Highway 51 North, Homer, GA 30547, or The Gideons International, P.O. Box 195, Baldwin, GA 30511.

Arrangements are in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, Georgia. 706-778-7123

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Published in on May 9, 2014