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James Anthon Patterson, a retired Air Force Colonel, respected businessman and mentor, who enjoyed golfing, traveling and lake activities, passed away December 6 near his San Antonio home with his wife Loretta and family at his side. Jim had an irrepressible enthusiasm for life and loved being in the company of family and friends. He is remembered for his incredible sense of humor, generosity and compassion. Jim served as the treasurer and interim administrator at Temple Beth-El, a community he joined while married to Marjorie Green, who preceded him in death. He was a devoted husband and companion to Loretta and they traveled around the world and spent summers with Texas friends in Carmel, Calif. One of Jim's proudest moments was when he scored a hole-in-one on the 17th hole at the Tehama Golf Course. He was a loving father to Jeffrey Anthon Patterson (Dawn) of San Diego, CA. and Donna Bishop (Allen) of Demopolis, AL., as well as Marjorie's children Cathy Siegel and Johnny Siegel (Stacey) from Dallas, and Loretta's sons Will Banowsky (Gabby) and Monte Banowsky. He also embraced Loretta's family: Tim Banowsky (Jennifer), Suzanne Banowsky, Laurie Smith (Jayson), and Stephanie Hart. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren: Trevor Patterson (who preceded him in death), Kasii Patterson, Matthew and Emily Heins, Lauren and Margot Siegel, Michelle and Henry Banowsky, Christopher and Drake McCaskill, Quinn Smith and his first great-grandchild, Amelia Lichty. Jim was born in 1942 in Andalusia, Alabama to Addie Ruth and Randolph "Pat" Patterson. He had two sisters, Carolyn Sanders (Mixon) from Andalusia, AL, and Patricia Arant (Charles) from Monroe, LA. Jim earned a bachelor's degree from Troy University in Troy, AL and an MBA from University of Southern California. He served 12 years in the Air Force and retired as a Colonel in the reserves. He worked for the nation's top insurance companies as SVP of Property & Casualty at USAA, and as CEO of Traveler's Insurance's Division to Citigroup. Jim's family extends their appreciation to the nurses and physicians who cared for him during his illness.
DECEMBER 9, 2012
1715 AUSTIN HWY.
Rabbi Allan Berlin officiating.
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Published in Express-News from Dec. 8 to Dec. 9, 2012