Eugene-Patterson-Obituary

In Memory Of

Eugene Patterson

Oct 15, 1923 - Jan 12, 2013 (Age 89)

Guest Book

Valenda Newell

November 11, 2016 | Indianapolis, IN

Sharon Hicks-Bartlett

February 23, 2014 | Chicago, IL

I just learned of this great man. Thank you, Mr. Patterson for your bravery and humanity. I will remember you and your tireless work all of my days.

Pauline Brockman

January 20, 2013 | St. Petersburg, FL

I was one of the lucky people to have the privilege of working under Mr. Patterson's leadership at the then St. Petersburg Times. Even after his retirement when I would see him, Mr. Patterson always took the time to stop and say hello and ask how I was doing. After reading the story published about his life in the Times, it was easy to see why he walked with such presence. I will always remember his smile.

Martha Porter Hall

January 18, 2013

Mr. Patterson was a person a great personal and moral courage. He has given all of us an example of how to be an exceptional human being, and American.

Joe and Cindy Leslie (USMC Retired)

January 18, 2013 | Phoenix, AZ

He was a truly great man, American Hero in both war abroad and war at home. His stories of wartime experience, and what it meant to him to have served overseas inspired my own military career. What he did for the Civil Rights movement was gallant, and I can see from other posts in the guest book that it had a far reaching effect. He will be missed. Rest In Peace Uncle Gene.

January 17, 2013

to the Patterson family,may you be comforted by these words."I-I myself am the One that is comforting you people."pslm.145:16
....................nc

January 16, 2013

Somewhere beyond the rainbows end
The skies are bright and fair,
No shadows dim, no darkness falls
The land is peaceful there.

And someone with the power to heal
To guide and understand
Is waiting there to calm our fears
And take us by the hand

So when a dear one heeds his call.
Our hearts should be at rest
For there beyond the rainbow's end
A loving God knows best.

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Be thou...

Steve Dozier

January 15, 2013 | Fort Myers, FL

Eugene Patterson defined the highest civic ideals and determination. He was a consummate lifelong practitioner of excellence.

A stellar and bold newspaper editor, Mr. Patterson was also a profound leader of young people. He created high-level opportunity for capable youth and that proudly included me.

As an exploring University of Florida college student, I walked in the door he helped the legendary Nelson Poynter create. It later was called The Poynter Institute. I...

EG

January 15, 2013 | GA

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Obituaries

Eugene's Obituaries

As editor of the Atlanta Constitution from 1960 to 1968, Gene Patterson's image and words anchored the editorial page during the most tumultuous years of the civil rights movement in the South. With his mentor and best friend, Ralph McGill, Patterson used his platform to persuade his fellow white...

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