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Patricia Lou King RHOTON

RHOTON, Patricia Lou KingDied Friday, February 18, 2011 at her home on Missionary Ridge. The wife of Dr. Alex Rhoton, Pat was a native Chattanoogan, educated at South St. Elmo and Missionary Ridge Grammar Schools, and Girls' Preparatory School. Born April 27, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Ralph G. and Isabel Carpenter King. She and her husband attended the same grammar school, dated from the time they were sophomores in high school, and were married in 1960 at Centenary Methodist Church. A graduate of George Peabody College for Teachers, Pat majored in Home Economics and minored in Industrial Arts. While Alex completed his medical degree at UT Medical School in Memphis, she taught first and third grades there. After his graduation in 1962, they returned to Chattanooga where she taught at Sunnyside Elementary School, while he completed his surgery training at Erlanger. In 1968, Lajes Air Force Field, Azores, was their next home as Dr. Rhoton served his country while she taught third grade at the Navy School. Returning to their home on South Crest Road in 1970, she became very active in community affairs. As a member of Brainerd United Methodist Church, she served as circle leader several times, acolyte chairman for 10 years, and communion steward. Pat designed and completed several altar kneelers for her church. She was a member of the Erlanger Hospital Medical House Staff Auxiliary, Chattanooga/Hamilton County Medical Auxiliary, Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, GPS Alumnae Association, and Missionary Ridge Garden Club. Her most passionate love was for two patriotic organizations: Daughters of the American Revolution and United States Daughters of 1812, in which she held the highest offices in the state as Honorary State DAR Regent and Honorary State President of 1812. As a result, she was listed in "The International Directory of Distinguished Leadership." Joining the Children of the American Revolution (CAR) in her early years, she graduated to Junior membership and was selected as Chief John Ross Chapter's Outstanding Junior. She served as chapter regent twice, then became active on the state and national levels, and was elected Vice President General NSDAR, placing second in the national election. Continuing to be an avid supporter of CAR and NSDAR junior Membership Committee, she recently served on the Advisory Board of Tamassee DAR School and as chairman of the Advisory Committee of KDS DAR School. Survived by a loving husband of 50 years, Dr. Alexander Rhoton; two sons, Alexander II (Deana) of Chattanooga and King (Gwen) of San Francisco, CA; two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Erin Rhoton of Chattanooga; sister, Virginia King Shelton of Memphis; 2 nephews and one niece. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road, with Rev. J. N. Howard officiating. Interment will be at National Cemetery following the service. Active Pallbearers will be Alexander Rhoton II, King Rhoton, Jim Cate, Dave Ervin, Bill Henshaw, Phil Lawrence, Wayne Rhoton and Ralph Shelton. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Chief John Ross Chapter DAR and the Volunteer-Wauhatchie Chapter USD 1812. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the PKR Scholarship at KDS DAR School, 6077 Main Street, Grant, AL 35747-8333; or Tamassee DAR School, P. O. Box 8, Tamassee, SC 2968E-0008. Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family. The family will receive friends 3-6 p.m. Monday and 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME, 7454 E. Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421; (423) 894-2010.

Published in The Tennessean on Feb. 19, 2011
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