Harold Ray Patton died peacefully, in the presence of loving family April 22, 2019. He was born on October 3, 1935 to the late James Dayton and Maggie Johnson Patton in Crossville, Tennessee. Brothers, Jerry Patton and Dr. William Patton, precede him in death. Harold is survived by his wife of 64 years Lynda Eve Bass Patton, daughter, Kim Tuggle and husband Brian, son Tony Patton and wife Janie. Grandchildren, Kristin Sagerholm and husband Major Dane Sagerholm, Dr. Jessica Patton, Cole Patton and wife Emily, and Dr. Whitney Ralph. Great Grandchildren Isabella, Vikka, Dolph Sagerholm and Eli Patton. He also leaves behind sisters, Betty Pryor (Gene) and Ann Scales (Dan), Brother, Wayne Patton (Sandra), and numerous Nieces and Nephews.
After graduation from Watertown High School, Harold married the love of his life, Lynda on August 14, 1954. They made their home in the Shop Springs Community. Harold was a member of Shop Springs Baptist Church for 56 years where he served as a Deacon, Worship Leader, and 40 years as Church Treasurer. God blessed Harold with a beautiful singing voice, which he shared with others by Solo’s, Duets, and Quartets. That was one way of sharing the Lord’s message through his singing. He loved the Lord and wanted everyone to experience God’s Love.
In 1958, Harold began his career at the Tennessee Farmers Co-op, first working in Inventory Control, and then moving to a Buyer in the hardware division. After 11 years at TFC, he came to Wilson Farmer’s Co-op as Assistant Manager. In 1969, Harold became manager. In 2002, he retired with 43 years of combined service to the farmers of Wilson County and Tennessee. He was inducted into the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2013.
In addition to his love of the Lord and his entire Church family, Harold served on the Board of Directors of Wilson Bank & Trust since it’s inception in 1987. He was also active with the Wilson County Fair Board. He enjoyed gardening and raising registered Angus and Gelbvieh Cattle.
Harold may be best remembered for his quick wit and incredible ability to bring a smile and a laugh to all those that had the pleasure of knowing him. He loved people and enjoyed developing friendships and having the opportunity to help others. He was a fun loving and generous. Harold loved his family and was so thankful for their accomplishments. He will be missed and fondly remembered.
A special heart-felt thanks from the family to all the caregivers, Southern Manor staff, and the incredible team at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro for their loving and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Alive Hospice of Murfreesboro in Harold Patton’s honor.
Visitation will be held on Thursday April 25th 3-7 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Visitation Friday April 26th 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. in the West Haven Baptist Church. Funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. at the church. Pastor Bo Irvin & Bro. Ken Tramel to officiate the service. Interment, Wilson Co. Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers, Jack Bell, Greg Curtis, Chris Collins, Cole Patton, John Patton, & Stewart Patton. Honorary pallbearers, Wilson Bank & Trust Board of Directors, Wilson Bank & Trust Emeritus Directors, & the Deacon's of Shop Springs Baptist Church. PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS (615) 444-7007 OBITUARY LINE (615) 444-7017.