Jay Dee Patton Jr. COLUMBIA - Jay Dee Patton Jr., 74, passed away quietly on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, after a long illness. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Shandon Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C., with a reception following the service at the church. He was born in Richmond, Va., the son of the late Jay Dee Patton Sr. and Florence "Billie" Boward Patton. He graduated from Douglas S. Freeman High School in Richmond and received a BA from Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1962. Upon graduating, he entered the U.S. Air Force. After completing active duty, he continued service with the North Carolina Air National Guard as an intelligence officer, training pilots and air crew in survival techniques. He retired as a Lt. Colonel. Jay is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Ada Wyman Patton; his son, Craig Matthew Patton (Natalie) of Fredericksburg, Va., and daughter, Sarah Patton Floyd (Tom) of Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Eden Elisabeth Patton, John Rhys Floyd and Georgia Allerton Floyd. Jay was a man of the utmost honor and integrity, always a man of his word. He had a keen wit and never lost his sense of hope. He loved the outdoors and backpacking with his son and playing tennis with his daughter. An avid world traveler, he loved history and current events and was always ready to offer an informed and insightful opinion. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
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Published in The Herald on Dec. 1, 2013