OKOLONA – James Robert “Jim” Patterson, 83, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born in Shannon on Aug. 18, 1930, to Ray Wood Patterson and Annie Mae Mills Patterson.
He was a lifelong resident of Chickasaw County where he attended Egypt and Okolona public schools. He continued his education attending Mississippi State University. He married Janelle Hillhouse at the Okolona Christian Church on June 19, 1955. He was a proud American who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was awarded two bronze stars for his unwavering courage.
His working career included 25 years in maintenance at Futorian/Stratolounger, and previously 17 years working for Meadow Sportswear. He loved all sports, especially football and Bear Bryant and the Crimson Tide. He was a simple man who was a lot of fun to be around and was a great conversationalist. He enjoyed fishing and frog-gigging with friends especially his late brother-in-law, Thurman Mitchell. He loved his family and spending time with his pride and joy-the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who affectionately called him Daddy Jim. His most recent honor was being named Father of the Year at the North Mississippi Medical Center Daycare. He was a longtime member of Okolona First Baptist Church.
A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m., Monday, April 21, in the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Randy Lewman officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Lee Memorial Park in Verona.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janelle Hillhouse Patterson of Okolona; two daughters, Jenny Ray of Tupelo and Cyndi Martin of Ringgold, Ga.; one brother, “Dave” Hal Patterson (Bonnie) of Bounds Crossroads in Itawamba County; one sister, Martha Ann Patterson Mitchell of Okolona; three grandchildren, Levi Ray, Julia Martin, and Rachel Wooten; six great-grandchildren, Jordan Ray, Harliegh Ray, Kadence Williams, Ethan Ray, Kadyn Martin, and Rylee Ray; and two sisters-in-law, Carolyn Ingram (Joe) of Olive Branch and Jackie Gault.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Paul “Pat” Patterson; and sister, Fannie Sue “Bug” Chaney.
Pallbearers will be Joe Hillhouse, Kenneth “Kebo” Davis, Joey Crane, Randy Mitchell, Tony Ray, Wade Jones, Scotty Mitchell, Bobby Hillhouse, Frank Hillhouse, Stacey Hillhouse, Sherman Hillhouse and Mike Hillhouse.
Honorary pallbearers will be the staff at Sanctuary Hospice House.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 1 p.m. until service time Monday.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 or to First Baptist Church of Okolona, 201 West Main St., Okolona, MS 38860.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.