BOSSIER CITY – James Louis (Jimmy) Patterson will be remembered at a service at First United Methodist Church of Bossier City, corner of Old Minden Road and John Wesley Blvd., on Wednesday, June 10 at eleven am. Friends are invited to visit with the family at a reception following the service. Instead of flowers, please make memorials to the First United Church of Bossier City building fund or any charity of your choice
Jimmy wrote the following obituary before his trip to Baylor University Heart Institute on April 4.
“My time is up, thank you for yours”. The Lord has called, I hope. I was a young 76 years old and died on Sunday, June 9, 2013, of heart problems. My wife, Rosemary, and I had married for 54 years and she is a Saint for putting up with me for so long. In fact, if she hadn’t taken such good care of me, I’d have been gone a long time ago. Thanks Rosie.
My dad and mother Harry Patterson, Sr. and Audrey Morgan Patterson (of Harry’s Barbecue Fame), brother, Harry Patterson, Jr. and little sister, Nikki Doris Patterson beat me to Heaven.
Rosemary not only took care of me, she also blessed me with three wonderful daughters, Pam and her husband Mark Johnston, Penney Johnston and Peggy Foster. I’m also leaving behind eight of the best grandchildren a man could ask for. Mary Paige and Peyton Johnson and Uncle Shine, Lillian and Abbie Foster and the Johnston boys, Adam and his wife Katie, Garrett, Morgan and Marshall as well as the newest member of our clan, Adam James Johnston, Jr. My sister Penny Free and my brother Pete Patterson also outlasted me.
Rosemary and I were 50+ year members of The First United Methodist Church of Bossier City with Rosemary being the most active until a couple of years ago.
I was graduated from Bossier High School in 1955 where I enjoyed being a football Bearkat and was later named to the BHS Hall of Fame. I was graduated from Northwestern State College (now University) in 1959 where I was be named to the NSU Long Purple Line of Distinction, the highest honor a NSU graduate can receive.
In the business world, I founded and operated Patterson Insurance Company and was majority owner of The National Bank of Bossier as well as other endeavors.
Honorary Pall Bearers will be Bryant Lewis, Jerry Hawkins, J. W. Slack, Jeff Free and Adam, Garrett, Morgan and Marshall Johnston. Also the Midyett Sunday School Class of FUMC, especially the ladies, my old golfing buddies and the Thursday Lunch Bunch.
Well, I hope to see you on the other side.