Piccola Alston Patterson
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BURLINGTON - Condolences are being shared with the family of Mrs. Piccola Alston Patterson, 86, who exchanged time for eternity on June 25, 2020. A private Homegoing service at First Baptist Church. At the request of the family there will not be a public viewing. Burial will take place at Alamance Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Leukemia Foundation.

Piccola Alston Patterson "Pete" was born to the late Rev. Albert T. Alston and the late Flora Bell Stokes Alston on October 16, 1936, in Burlington, North Carolina. She served as an educator with the Burlington City School system. She was also employed with Western Electric, Sears Department Store, and The City of Burlington's Department of Parks and Recreation.

Piccola Alston Patterson was a loving and dedicated wife to Hurley Patterson Jr. who also preceded her in death. From this union were born three children, Chauncey Siegfried Paterson, Cedric Conrad Patterson both currently of Burlington. One daughter, Deborah Marie Pettiford (Rev. McArthur) of Burlington. She also leaves to cherish her memory two siblings: Thelvis James Alston (Alma) and Flora Madeline Alston-Brown and sister-in-law: Emma Marie Curry Alston and several nieces and nephews other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by six siblings: Albert T. Alston Jr., William "Stubby" Alston, Edward Leon Alston, Charles Emanuel Alston, Mildred Marie Alston-Foster, Lottie Sylvia Alston.

Professional services entrusted to and provided by Sharpe Funeral Home, Inc.

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Published in TheTimesNews.com on Jun. 26, 2020.
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June 29, 2020
Mrs. Patterson was a lovely person and always inspirational. She led by example and my family was always happy to see her. She was an incredible mom, wife, neighbor, friend and career woman. Never 'too high or too low'...thank you Mrs. Patterson for all your love and kindness and understanding. -Bobby Williamson, Family Friend
Bobby Williamson
June 26, 2020
Seeing Piccola always brightened my day! In my first years of teaching strings in the Burlington City Schools, I had the good fortune to have Chauncey in my class. When I began to teach Chauncey private viola lessons, I got to know Piccola better. She always spoke so highly of her children and did everything she could to support their interests. It was an honor to know her and call her my friend. Sending love and healing thoughts to her family during this time of loss.
Carole Shoaf
June 26, 2020
My condolences and kind thoughts to the family of Piccola Patterson. I met her through my relationship with Chauncey, her oldest son. I was an orchestra teacher in the city schools of Burlington, NC when I met a very young Chauncey how to play the viola. I knew Piccola as a loving mother, and along with her watched Chauncey develop into an amazing musician and person. When I saw Chauncey recently he was taking such care and love for his viola students at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC. His infectious joy of music and teaching was evident in those student's faces, and it reflects the upbringing that Piccolla and Hurley gave him. I feel honored to have taught him! The entire family is in my thoughts and prayers today.
Scott Walker
June 25, 2020
Picola and I grew up across the street from each other. She was always a dear sweet friend. My condolences go out to her entire family.
Hilda Richmond Crisp
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