The Progress-Index Weekend - - OBITUARIES -

On Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 4, 2017, our beloved son, brother, un­cle, nephew, and friend, Ruben Robert Pat­ter­son, reached the end of his earthly jour­ney from la­bor to his Heav­enly home.

He was af­fec­tion­ately known as “Lee” to all his fam­ily and friends. Lee had a heart of gold and was loved and re­spected by all. He was born in Sus­sex County to the late Ray­mond “Jack” Pat­ter­son and Nell N. Pat­ter­son. He re­ceived his ed­u­ca­tion from Sus­sex County Pub­lic Schools.

He was pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther Jack, pa­ter­nal grand­mother, Corean Pat­ter­son, ma­ter­nal grand­par­ents, Nat and Gra­cie Gay, and a niece, Shani­qua “De­nay” Pat­ter­son.

At an early age, Lee ac­cepted Christ and joined First Bap­tist Church in Wake­field. Over the years he fel­low­shipped at Chris­tian Out­reach, his love of prais­ing God through songs led him to join Poc­a­hon­tas Tem­ple Bap­tist Church, where he sang with the male cho­rus and Mars Hill A.M.E. Zion. Be­cause of his love for his home church Lee’s jour­ney brought him back to First Bap­tist in July of this year.

Lee's em­ploy­ment ca­reer be­gan at an early age. He worked at the VA Diner, Pope’s Su­per­mar­ket, both in Wake­field, VA; Gray Lum­ber Com­pany in Waverly and Se­ward Lum­ber Com­pany in Surry. His last place of work was at Wake­field Great Value un­til his health de­clined. He was a very hard and ded­i­cated worker who loved his job.

He leaves to cher­ish his mem­ory: a lov­ing and de­voted mother who knew him first, Nell N. Pat­ter­son; five sis­ters, El­iz­a­beth Jud­kins (James), Peggy Pur­die, Kathy Pat­ter­son, all of Wake­field, VA, Janet Pat­ter­son and Valarie Pat­ter­son-Ricks, both of Waverly, VA; two broth­ers, Kelvin Pat­ter­son (Lisa) and Allen Tonk­ins, both of Wake­field, VA; his life com­pan­ion, Shirley Turner of Wake­field, VA; and a god­sis­ter, Mye­sha Brit­ton of Waverly, VA; one un­cle; seven aunts; and a host of nieces, neph­ews, other rel­a­tives and friends.

He loved to sing God’s praises and knew no stranger. His love for peo­ple was shown ev­ery­where he went. His love for his nieces and neph­ews went above and be­yond and they all en­joyed the com­pany of their Un­cle Lee. He will truly be missed by many.

Pub­lic view­ing for Mr. Pat­ter­son will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 8, 2017, at Peace Fu­neral Home.

A ser­vice to cel­e­brate his life will be held at noon on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 9, 2017, at First Bap­tist Church, lo­cated at 217 S. County Drive, Wake­field, VA.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments en­trusted to the staff of Peace Fu­neral Home, 237 Rail­road Ave., Waverly, VA. James I. Gay, fu­neral di­rec­tor.

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