SPENCER MOUNTAIN - Wayne Patterson Jr., 72, slipped peacefully from this life and woke up in the arms of Jesus on March 17, 2014.
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He was born in Gaston County on April 12, 1941, to the late Wayne Patterson Sr. and Marie Laws Patterson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Steve Michael Patterson.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Carol Wright Patterson; three sons, Mark Alan Patterson of Lowell, Steven Craig Patterson of Bel-mont, Jeffrey Todd Patterson and wife Kelly of Belmont; grandchildren Jacob and Josie Patterson; sister Phyllis Patterson Poston and husband Phil of Hampton, TN; sisters-in-law Vivian Wright Helms and husband Johnny of Stanley and Rita Wright Queen and husband Barry of Belmont.
Wayne was a member of Second Baptist Church of Mt. Holly and loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren who af-fectionately called him "PaPoo." He was an avid fan of nature and could be found on the front porch watching hummingbirds.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Patterson will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Second Baptist Church with he Revs. Bruce Bradley and Larry Wil-son officiating.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. prior.
Memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church, 740 Rankin Ave., Mt. Holly, NC 28120.
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Patterson family. www.mcleanfuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors
515 North Central Avenue Belmont, NC 28012
Published in Gaston Gazette on Mar. 19, 2014