Gary D. Patterson, age 73, of Baxley died Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Appling Healthcare.
Mr. Patterson was born July 8, 1945 in Ware County to the late Leo James Patterson, Sr. and the late Sallie Miles Patterson. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served in the Vietnam War and received a Recognition of Meritorious Performance of Duty. He was a retired Public Works Director for the City of Baxley and was a member of Riverside Baptist Church where he served for many years as a deacon, choir leader, and in many other capacities.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, William James Patterson, Dorothy Wilson, Augrey Tanner, Robert Miles, Dewight Miles, Frances Waters, Leo James Patterson, Jr. and his parents-in-law, Herman & Mildred Davis.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years, Judy Davis Patterson; daughter & son-in-law, Sherrie & Frank Hutcheson; son & daughter-in-law, Eric & Emma Patterson; sisters & brothers-in-law, Dinah & Curtis Smith & Annie Ruth & Randy Gilliam; sister-in-law, Mary Addie Patterson. Nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren, several nieces & nephews & special friends, Johnnie & Betty Copeland also survive.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 22, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Riverside Baptist Church with Rev. Justin McLellan officiating. Mr. Patterson will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the Church.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery with Military Honors.
Active pallbearers will be Brian Horton, Keith Davis, Kip Davis, Ricky Carter, Earl Miller & Jamie Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Adult Sunday School Class at Riverside Baptist Church & past & present employees of the City of Baxley.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Swain Funeral Home.
Remembrances may be made to Riverside Baptist Church Building Fund 6485 E. River Rd., Baxley, Ga. 31513.
Arrangements are under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.