Patricia Loyd Drinard Gettys died of recent illness on Friday, January 11, 2013, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC.

Patricia was born in Richmond, Virginia, on December 6, 1935, to Lawrence Burgess Drinard of Richmond, Va. and Juanita Loyd Hatch of Danville, Va. In 1972, Patricia married Carl Alexander Gettys of Shelby, North Carolina. They made their home in Durham, NC where Carl passed away in 1990. Patricia's stepbrother, Frederick Parker Hatch, Jr. of Wilmington, NC died in 2003. Surviving loved ones are: Elsie Corbett Hatch, Frederick Hatch, III (Helen), Grant Hatch (Tina), Stephen Hatch (Sherry), Mark Hatch (Rhonda), Bert Hatch (Kimberly), and their children.

Patricia (Pattie) attended local schools in Durham, NC, graduating from Durham High School. She attended Stratford College in Danville, Va. graduating in 1955. Pattie enjoyed a career as a secretary for Dr. J. L. Goldner at Duke Hospital, receiving a commendation from the University President for 40 years of service to the institution. Collecting Limoges boxes, wooden nutcrackers, and NC pottery were some of her interests and she enjoyed telling where each came from. Apart from her family, Pattie's greatest love was for the UNC Tarheels, especially Dean Smith and Carolina basketball.

A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church Chapel, Market St., Wilmington, NC at 2:00pm on Saturday, Jan. 19th. The family requests that memorials to Patricia be placed to one's favorite charity in her name.

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Jan. 17 to Jan. 19, 2013