Roland Benford Patten, 76, of Jacksonville, passed away quietly Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at his residence after an extended battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13 at First Baptist Church, Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville with the Reverend Jason Brinker and the Reverend Charles McKinney officiating. Interment will follow at Onslow Memorial Park, Jacksonville.
Roland was preceded in death by his parents, Lessie Petteway Patten and Willie Buck Patten; and a sister, Patricia Craven of Virginia Beach, Va.
He is survived by his loving and caring wife of 57 years, Geraldine Cox Patten; daughter, Mitzi and husband Michael Walker of Wilmington; brother, Robert Patten of Jacksonville; sister, Constance Collumn and husband Harold (Whitey) of Columbia, S.C.; grandchildren, Jacqueline Walker and fiancée Sean Guest of Winston-Salem, and Hannah and Laura Walker of Wilmington; and many nieces and nephews.
Roland served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1957, including Korea, and then in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1957 to 1962, including time in Panama. He was a member of the American Legion Post 265 and served in many community service activities sponsored through the Legion.
He was retired from his lawn care business where he worked side by side with Geraldine, and sponsored a well-known bar-b-q dinner every October for friends, family and customers. Roland was a community fixture on Hwy. 53 in front of his home every fall and winter where he sold collards known throughout the region as the best in the county.
Being a native of Onslow County, he grew up enjoying all the watersports available, skiing, boating, fishing and shrimping. In later years he enjoyed many cruises with wife Geraldine, daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, and with in-laws, Earline Cox Padgett and Calvin Padgett; road trips with in-laws Janet Cox and Jimmy Cox; and long weekends at their Surf City beach home with many friends.
The family would like to extend special thanks to friends and family who provided numerous meals, cards, calls and visits. Also a thanks to Continuum Home Care and Hospice for their loving care during Roland's illness.
Flowers are welcomed or donations may be made to Continuum Home Care and Hospice, 3391 Henderson Drive Ext, Jacksonville, NC or First Baptist Church, 1985 Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville, NC.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville.