Dec 28, 1916 - March 9, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Okey Ray Patterson was born Dec. 28, 1916, in Mena, AR and went to be with the Lord on March 9, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sibyl; an infant daughter, Vicky; and a son, John. He is survived by three daughters, Lenora Norholm and husband Kresten, Brenda Jahn and husband Steve, and Barbara Headley and husband Dan; two sisters, Louise Deines and Lila Hurley; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Ray worked at W&W Steel Company in the drafting department for over 35 years. Ray was a member of Crossings Community Church, serving as a past elder. Faith, family and music were very important in his life. He loved to sing the old hymns and play his harmonica for anyone who would listen. The family wants to express appreciation to Crossings Church, Baptist Retirement Center, Bellevue Nursing Facility and Centennial Hospice for support through this last journey of Ray's life. The family will receive friends at Vondel Smith North on Monday, March 11, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Crossings Community Church Chapel, 14600 N. Portland, OKC, with burial to follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Mar. 10, 2013