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Don L. Patterson

June 21, 1924 ~ February 19, 2019 (age 94)

Don Leland Patterson passed away on February 19, 2019 at the age of 94.  Don was born on June 21, 1924 to Carson and Florence Patterson in Loudon, TN and moved to Kingston when he was a young boy, where he spend most of his life.  He attended Roane County High School but quit to serve his country in World War II.  During the war, Don was a sergeant with Company B, 330th Infantry.  He was awarded several medals including the Purple Heart before he was discharged in 1945.  After the war, Don went to Chicago to learn to be a mechanic on refrigeration units.  His high school sweetheart, Florence Ruth Feezell (Babe), followed him there and they were married on May 29, 1948.  Don and Babe moved back to Tennessee and Don worked for Union Carbide.  After 10 years he quit and in 1965 started what is known as Patterson’s Home Appliance Center.  In addition to the appliance store, Don was active in supporting community organizations.  He was one of the original charter members of the Roane County Rescue Squad and Roane County Chamber.  He was a life long member of the Masonic Lodge, No. 38 and Caney Ford Baptist Church. 

Besides his parents, Don was preceeded in death by his loving wife, Florence “Babe” Patterson; son, Dennis Patterson; brother, Norman Patterson; sisters, Wanda Seiler and Faye Guettner.

He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Elaine Patterson of Kingston; grandsons, Bryan Patterson of Cleveland, Kevin Patterson of Memphis, Mark Patterson of Kingston; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and JR Robinette; sister-in-law, Eleanor Patterson; several nieces, nephews, and a host of extended family and dear friends.

The family will receive friends at Caney Ford Baptist Church, 3469 Roane State Highway, Harriman, TN 37748, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM on Friday, February 22, 2019 with funeral service following at 7:00 PM with Rev. Taylor Phelps officiating.  Graveside service will be held at Kingston Memorial Gardens on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 3:00 PM with full military honors conducted by the Roane County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made Gideons International at Roane County Gideons, P.O. Box 476, Kingston, TN 37763 or Caney Ford Baptist Church, 3469 Roane State Highway, Harriman, TN 37748.

Online register book can be signed at  Fraker Funeral Home of Kingston is in charge of all the arrangements. 

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