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J. L. Patterson
June 17, 1943 ~ January 1, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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J.L. Patterson was a beacon of unwavering strength and a pillar of his community, whose life journey began on June 17, 1943, in Barbour County, and culminated with grace on January 1, 2024, in Dothan, Alabama. He was the cherished son of the late H.P. and Accie Lee Patterson, a lineage of love and fortitude that he carried forward throughout his life.
As the seasons of life unfolded, J.L. found his lifelong companion in Vernell Floyd, his high school sweetheart. Their love story was one for the ages, and together they brought four beautiful children into the world: Phillip, Felecia, Phyllis, and Alex. J.L.'s role as a husband and father was marked by devotion and a quiet determination to provide and care for his family.
J.L. was a man whose faith was as deep as the roots of the towering oaks in his beloved Alabama. He joined Greater Beulah Baptist Church at Adam Street early in life and remained a steadfast member, drawing strength and solace from his faith community. His commitment to his church was a testament to his belief in the power of fellowship and the importance of spiritual grounding.
J.L. was a graduate of Carver High School, class of 1964, a foundation that set the stage for a life of learning and growth. His career began at Maddox Transmission, where his reputation as the "transmission man" was a testament to his skill and dedication. Later, J.L. transitioned to the Southeast Alabama Medical Center, where he served in environmental services for over 30 years, a reflection of his commitment to his community's well-being.
His interests were simple yet profound. J.L. was a hardworking man who cherished the moments of quiet reflection that fishing provided. It was in these moments that one could truly see the man J.L. was—a loving, devoted husband and father, a man of few words but of immense strength.
J.L. was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years, Vernell Patterson; his siblings, Robert Lee Patterson and Brenda Patterson Mitchell; his grandson, Joshua Gaydon; and his nephew, Lorenzo Lewis. These losses were felt deeply, yet J.L.'s faith-filled spirit never wavered.
Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters: Felecia (Ray) Thompson of Headland, Alabama, and Phyllis Gaydon of Gainesville, Florida; two sons: Phillip Patterson and Alex (Ashanta) Patterson, both of Dothan, Alabama; and his brother, Larry Patterson of Headland, Alabama. J.L.'s legacy also lives on through his grandchildren: Racheal (Tyler) Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia, Issac Thompson of Augusta, Georgia, Ariana Gaydon of St. Louis, Missouri, Sebastian Patterson, Nicholas Johnson, and Tyler Johnson all of Dothan, Alabama; and his great-grandson: Drew Ellis Johnson. His niece: Nikki Patterson, along with a host of relatives and friends, also hold dear the memory of a man who touched so many lives.
In reflecting on J.L.'s life, one is reminded of the words of Helen Keller: "What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." J.L. Patterson lived a life that embodied this sentiment, leaving a legacy of love, strength, and faith that will forever be woven into the fabric of those who knew him with purpose, with love, and with a faith that never falters.