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LA “George” Patterson of Allen, TX, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed away on November 5th, 2023, at the age of 88 of Alzheimer’s disease. George was born on January 12, 1935, to Carroll and Julia (Gambrell) Patterson in Hale County, Texas.
LA was part of a large family. He was youngest of 11 children. George was a nick-name from a photography session as a toddler with his sister and it stuck. After the passing of his mother at age 9, he lived with his sister, Leotis and brother-in-law, Floyd (Smokey) McDaniel in west Texas near Petersburg.
It was in Petersburg, TX where George graduated from high school, and then went on to attend and graduate from Texas Tech University (class of 1958) with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Government. While starting his family, George started his long and distinguished career in city government in Lubbock, TX (’58-’60), Pecos, TX (’60-’62), Snyder, TX (’62-’79) and finally as the Town Administrator of Highland Park, TX (’79-’08) for 29 years. George was recognized for 50 years of public service by the International City and County Management Association in 2008 and has had many other awards and accolades through his years of service.
George and Carole raised their three boys in Snyder, TX and after moving to Dallas their family continued to grow with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. George had many interests and joys in his life. First and foremost was his family. He loved spending as much time as he could with his sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren. Many wonderful memories at numerous events, all holidays, vacations, dinners and trips. He was always on the go and wanted to experience as many things as possible. George was not one to sit idle, he loved snow skiing, water skiing, attending concerts or Allen Eagles football games and bowling on weekends with his son, Kerry…just to name a few. Most of these activities he did well into his 80’s. Traveling the world with his wife and kids was also a passion, many trips across the United States, Mexico, Europe, Canada, Africa (Egypt), Russia (Moscow), and Kazakhstan (a trip with his son Roger he talked about often).
George is survived by his wife of 68 years, Carole Ann (Ellison) Patterson; sister Thelma Eulalia (Patterson) Lacy; sons, Greg (Lisa) Patterson, Kerry (Lona) Patterson, and Roger (Peggy) Patterson; grandchildren Karissa (Adam) Bailey, Brittany Patterson, Trevor (Ashley) Patterson, Austin (Kristen) Patterson, Taylor (Levi) Millerborg, Layne Patterson and Zachary Patterson; and great-grandchildren Bryson Bailey, Tyler Patterson; and many, many nieces and nephews. George is preceded in death by his parents Carroll and Julia Patterson, siblings Lou Ella, Leotis, Robert, Henry, Ryan, Lois, Allene, Marian, and James.
George, Dad, Frandaddie, will be missed greatly. He was the example of love and devotion, the rock. He was a believer in Jesus Christ. Serving as a deacon and elder in church throughout the years. The Narrow Trail Cowboy Church was the latest church that he attended every Sunday with is son, Greg. He would be the first to know, we are sure of the promise of Jesus Christ. God’s mercy and treasures await us in Heaven. He has now claimed the Glory. All his memories are returned, and his body is restored. Praise God.
The funeral service will be held at 2pm on Friday, November 10th, 2023, at Cottle Funeral Home in Troup, Texas, with Harry Bennett officiating. The family will receive friends during a visitation at 1pm before the service. If able, please make donations in honor of George in leu of flowers: United Methodist Church of Troup, TX 202 E Duval St, Troup, TX 75789 – Food Pantry or Missions. This is the church George attended with his brothers as a child and a place that always held special meaning for him. Lastly, the family would like to express their appreciation and thanks to Pathway Hospice and Visiting Angels of McKinney for their excellent service during these past several months.
Pallbearers will be Austin Patterson, Layne Patterson, Taylor (Patterson) Millerborg, Trevor Patterson, and Zachary Patterson.