Willie Mills Patterson, a retired U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sergeant and veteran of the Vietnam War, passed Tuesday, June 11, 2014, at Lane Regional Medical Center. He was 79, a resident of Baker and native of Port Allen. Graveside Services and Military Honors will be conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps Honors Team at Port Hudson National Cemetery, 20978 Port Hickey Road, Zachary, Louisiana 70791, at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. He is survived by daughter, Lisa R. Patterson; sons, Bryan, Michael, Lennie, Kevin and Kenny; brother, O.R. Patterson; grandchildren, other relatives and many friends from coast to coast. Preceded in death by parents, Jonas and Julia Parker Patterson; sister, Ruby Patterson; brothers, Louis, Otis and Joseph Patterson. He was a member of American Legion. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to the Wounded Warriors Project.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from June 14 to June 17, 2014