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Norman Russell Patterson


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Norman Russell Patterson
A memorial service for Norman Russell "Patt" Patterson will be conducted at Mayhill Baptist Church on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at 11 a.m. Mr. Patterson died at his home of lymphoma cancer. Patt's spirit soared into heaven's light at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010.
He was the son of the late Ezra Russell Patterson and Edna Mae Crysel. He was born Jul 12, 1930, in Beckley, W.Va.
Patt is survived by his wife Patricia Ann Shipp Patterson, whom he married June 29, 1965, in Alabama; daughter Georgia Faye Patterson Moore, of Midland, Texas; sister Margie Patterson Hunter, of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; one granddaughter, Jamie Vasquez, of Killeen, Texas; five great-grandchildren; and many West Virginia relatives.
CWO-4 Patterson served 23 years as a helicopter pilot and aviation safety officer in the United States Army, retiring in 1985. He served two tours in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and several other medals.
He graduated from Stucco High School, W.Va., then earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maryville College, Tenn., completing his education with a Master of Arts in management from Webster's University, Colo., in 1984.
He was a member of Mayhill Baptist Church, serving as song leader for 10 years. Patt loved singing with a choir. His melodic base voice added depth and harmony to the music. His teamwork attitude and project participation contributed greatly to his church and community.
Noted as a man of strong honor and character, he was much respected as an Army soldier, leader, confidant and friend by all who knew him. He was generous to the needy, always offering a helpful hand. His wit and humor were extraordinary, giving the gift of laughter. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and family.
Direct cremation has taken place under the care of PCS Direct Cremation Services.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.cremation-pcs.com
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Nov. 26 to Dec. 26, 2010
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