TUSCALOOSA Minter Angell "Pat" Patterson, age 88, died Dec. 26, 2012, at home. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Memory Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Lien officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Gardens with Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Maude Elizabeth Rainey Patterson; his parents, Herman Scott and Ivel Angell Patterson; three brothers, Scott, John, and Herman Patterson; and three sisters, Ivel Caldwell, Jo Wright, and Belle Bigger.
Survivors include his daughters, Sandra Elizabeth Patterson, Linda Annette Patterson, Lorie Patterson DuBose (Marc), and Mary Ann Patterson Hankins (Gary); grandchildren, Elizabeth DuBose Hayes (Jason), David Marcus DuBose (Nicole), Catherine DuBose Dickens, Daniel Patterson DuBose (Simone), Mary Beth Thompson (Dave), Matthew Patterson Hankins, Andrew Cole Hankins, and John Rainey Hankins; great-grandchildren, Emily Angell Hayes, Anna Elizabeth Hayes, Madeline DuBose Hayes, Lily Catherine Hayes, Ava Mills DuBose, Archer David DuBose, Evan DuBose Dickens, and Marcus Daniel DuBose; and many nieces and nephews.
He was born in Mobile, Alabama on March 6, 1924. He was a graduate of Murphy High School in Mobile. He was a World War II
veteran, having served in the Pacific with the 888 Signal Corp Depot Aviation. He was employed by South Central Bell for 44 years. He was an active ham radio operator (call sign W4QAT) since World War II. He was a member of the Telephone Company Pioneers and a long-time volunteer at DCH Regional Medical Center. Most importantly he was a faithful servant of God and a member of Riverwood Presbyterian Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was a faithful friend to many. He loved eating out every day. The restaurants in town won't be the same without him. He kept his mind sharp working crossword puzzles, cryptograms, Sudoku puzzles, and playing solitaire on his iPhone. He loved working on his computer, receiving and sending many emails daily. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a generous heart. He always had a blonde joke or an Auburn joke ready to tell. He will be deeply missed but we know he is home at last with his Lord and his beloved wife, Elizabeth.
Pallbearers will be his sons-in-law, Marc DuBose and Gary Hankins; and grandsons, David DuBose, Daniel DuBose, Jason Hayes, Dave Thompson, Matthew Hankins, John Hankins, and Andrew Hankins.
Memorials may be made to Riverwood Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 501 Rice Valley Rd. N., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.
Condolences may be offered at www.memorychapelfuneralhome.com