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Kathryn Patton Streeter

Memphis, TN

Kathryn Patton Streeter was the eighth of nine children born to William A. Patton and Gertrude Nelson July 24, 1941 in Como, Mississippi. Early on, Kathryn's family knew she was marked for greatness as a unique individual who blazed her own trail. Kathryn's parents recognized her extraordinary intellectual ability and made it their priority to move to The Orange Mound residential area of Memphis, Tennessee to ensure she could further her education. After graduating from Melrose High in 1959, Kathryn began her college career at LeMoyne College beginning a legacy of Patton family alumni who supported their school though words and deeds. Their philanthropy culminated with a one-million-dollar donation, to what became LeMoyne -Owen College, one of the largest in its history.

After graduating from LeMoyne-Owen in 1964, Kathryn, realized her passion . . . helping children. Following her tenure as a new teacher, she earned her Master's Degree in Guidance Counseling from Memphis State University in 1969. As a Career Ladder Three Counselor, she established some of the standards of the profession used in Tennessee today. Mrs. Streeter retired twice from Memphis City Schools in 1998 and 2005. She worked in Tunica County Schools briefly 1998-1999.

Lois Jean Streeter introduced Kathryn to Randolph Streeter in January, 1965. Immediately they fell in love and married on April 3, 1965. After three years, they had two beautiful daughters; Dr. Karen Ranique Streeter, a licensed school psychologist in private practice, licensed boxing matchmaker and radio host of " On the Couch with Dr. Kay!" and Ms. Randa Karmen Streeter, a retired teacher, licensed cosmetologist and salon owner, licensed boxing matchmaker and radio host of "In the Ring with Randa". Kathryn wanted the best and meticulously upholstered and designed the interior of her dream home. She wanted her girls to experience extensive travel and made sure her family took exciting and educational vacations each year, covering the entire contiguous United States and Canada by the time her girls graduated high school.

Kathryn's Christian upbringing at Mt. Pisgah C.M.E. Church, one of the first Methodist churches established for African Americans in Memphis, taught her the value of service. After joining Christ Missionary Baptist Church to worship with her husband, she quickly began serving on several committees and boards. She served in a leadership capacity as a member of the Trustee Board and the Resource Committee, that established the Eddie L. Currie Scholarship Fund. Her service on the Pastoral Search Committee led to the election of the first African American female pastor of a prominent Baptist church in Shelby County, Rev. Dr. Gina M. Stewart. Kathryn was also politically active, serving on election and re-election committees for the former School Board Commissioner Sarah Lewis, City Court Clerk Thomas Long, the late State Representative Lois Deberry, Mayor Willie W. Herenton, Senator John Ford, Congressman Harold Ford, Sr., Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., and President Barak Obama. Kathryn was a 50-year member of The Girls Bridge Club established for young African American matrons. And a Legacy Memphis Grizzlies season ticket holder. She was also an enthusiastic fan of The University of Memphis Tigers.

Last week, after proclaiming she was going to Heaven, she peacefully transitioned in her sleep at 8:37 a.m. September 27, 2017. . . just in time to be the perfect gift for her soulmate, Randolph Streeter, on his birthday, September 28th. In addition to her daughters, Mrs. Streeter leaves two sisters: Rev. Arline P. Henderson of Montgomery, Alabama and Dorothy Jean Newman of Memphis; one brother, Charles Patton, Sr., Esq. of Los Angeles, California. She is also survived by two brothers-in-law, Floyd S. Newman, III of Memphis, Tennessee and John C. Bradshaw of Jonesboro, Georgia; three sisters-in-law, Cherry Streeter Bradshaw of Jonesboro, Georgia, and Renell Streeter and Lois Jean Streeter of Memphis; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Oct. 7, 2017
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