Dr. Nelton Duward "Pat" Patterson died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Conway, Ark.
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Born in Elaine, Ark., April 1, 1919, Pat graduated from Elaine High School in 1935 and attended Mississippi State College the next year. He trained as a manager for Sears, Roebuck in 1938 and worked for them until 1951, except for his years in military service.
A few days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He spent four years in the service during WWII with the final year as part of the 8th Air Force in Europe, completing his missions as a Captain and Operations Officer of the 384th Bomber Group stationed in England. He was awarded the European Campaign Medal with 3 bronze stars and the Air Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters.
Pat served as Education and Youth Director for Speedway Baptist Church in Memphis and First Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas, from 1956 to 1973. During this time he earned a Bachelor's degree from Memphis State and Masters and Doctors degrees from North Texas University. From 1963 to 1968 he managed the Sunshine Home for Dependent and Neglected Children in Dallas, Texas.
In 1968 Dr. Patterson joined the faculty of the State College of Arkansas (now the University of Central Arkansas) retiring in 1984. For 12 years he served as Chair of the Counseling and Psychology Department. He was a founding board member and a guiding hand for Independent Living Services. He was active nationally and locally in the Democratic Party.
His parents Ben F. Patterson and Jettie Sparks Patterson; two brothers, Joseph Cullen and Williford Price Patterson; two sisters, Mable Grey Patterson and Kathleen P. Wood; and his first wife, Doyles McCorkle Patterson preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Dunlap Patterson; two children, Wright (Tiffany) Cookus of Bryant and Tally (Cory) Mars of Conway; and grandchildren, Cally and Chris Mars and Blanton and Zack Cookus; and his sister, June Patterson.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at the First United Methodist Church of Conway, with the Rev. Michael Roberts and the Rev. Sam Teague officiating.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church building fund.
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Published in The Log Cabin Democrat from Feb. 4 to Feb. 11, 2013