The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX


March 12, 2014

James Patterson

GREENVILLE — James Cleveland Patterson, 80, of Greenville, died March 10, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral services will be 10 a.,m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Stephen Cotten will officiate. Visitation will be Friday, 6 to 8p.m. at the funeral home.

Born in Celeste on Oct. 28, 1933, James was the son of Albert Lynn Patterson and Eunice Mae Adamson. On Oct. 26, 1957, he married Mary Lynn Marion in Greenville at Kavanaugh Methodist Church.

He served his country in the U. S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and owner of Patterson Cleaners in Greenville for 37 years, retiring in 1997. James attended Celeste, Kingston and Hogeye schools.

He was a gentleman and loved his family and friends deeply. James had a humble spirit and enjoyed serving others in subtle ways that communicated his love. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in the yard, gardening and having coffee with the “Coffee Bunch.” The impact his life had on others is far reaching. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten in the lives of those who knew him.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lynn Patterson of Greenville; daughters, Tracie Bjorkgren of Garland, Page Barker and husband, Donnie, of Greenville, and Jamie Cox and husband, Tyson of Greenville; grandchildren, Brandon Barker and wife, Ericha, Brynn Barker, Brittany Barker, Alan Bjorkgren, Kellen Cox, Riley Cox and Chandler Cox; great-grandchildren, Jaida, Eve, John and Max Barker; brother-in-law, Frank Marion and wife, Billye; nephew, Kip Marion and wife, Andrea; and niece, Kim Powell and husband, Michael.

James was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Gloria Green, and nephew, Kyle Green.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bill Brown, Donnie Barker, Tyson Cox, Frank Marion, Brandon Barker, Kellen Cox, Riley Cox, Chandler Cox and Alan Bjorkgren. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Wright, Bobby Trad, Steve Ramsey, Mike Spaight, Jerry Mainord, Joe Leonard, John Overton, Cody Mauldin and Ronnie Lamb.

The family requests memorials be made to: Within Reach Building Fund, in care of  Wesley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 864, Greenville, 75403.

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