Teola Faye "Abe" Thompson Patterson, 80, of Kingston, departed this life after a long illness on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, with her family at her side.
She was born Dec. 13, 1932, in Meigs County. She worked in her early years at Burlington Hosiery Mill in Harriman and later she and her husband, Max Patterson, ran Hilltop Grocery on Hwy. 58 in Kingston. After their retirement, they managed the Angler's Cove Campground for TVA. She was a member of Southwest Baptist Church in Kingston. She loved working in the yard and flower gardens with her husband, being with her family, and listening to her gospel music.
She was well respected and loved by anyone who knew her. The most important thing in her life was her children and grandchildren, and "Grandma" was always a positive influence in their life. She was the rock and foundation of her family and will leave an immense void in their lives that no shoes can fill. She was an encourager and mentor for many, giving them uplifting and godly advice for their daily lives.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Max Patterson; parents, Earl and Sophia Thompson; son, Gary Patterson; grandson, Steven Patterson; brothers, Walter, Joe, Whimp and Butch Thompson; and sisters, Evelyn Gordon, Jane Shelby and Irma Hurst.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Rusty and Michele Patterson; daughter, Donna Patterson; and daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Harry Russell; daughter-in-law, Elaine Patterson, all of Kingston; grandchildren, Wendy and Billy Colyer, Kayla Mundy, Gabriel and Lora Patterson, Lanie Patterson, April Pelfrey, Jennifer and Sean Arms, Jason and Cathy Johnson, Cody and Bethany Raby, Derek and Brooke Raby and several great-grandchildren; two loving sisters, George Gage (her twin) and Dorothy King; special nieces, Retta Bolden and Frankie Rolen; two special sisters-in-law, Gretchen Standridge and Bobbie Russell; and two special family friends, Nath Hickey and Nancy Hughes.
The family will receive friends to celebrate her life from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, in Fraker Funeral Home, Kingston, with funeral service following at 8 p.m. in the chapel, with the Rev. Tommy Patterson and the Rev. Larry Bolden officiating. She will be laid to rest at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Kingston Memorial Gardens off Interstate 40 in Kingston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the
, Kidney Foundation, South West Baptist Church, or any worthy charity in her honor.
An online register book can be signed at www.FrakerFuneralHome.net