Feb. 15, 1841-May 2, 1932
|Rev. J. F. Patterson, ninety-one years of age, and the oldest member In point of service of the Louisiana Conference, passed to his reward from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Seth Orndorf, in El Paso, Texas, Monday, May 2, 1932.
Because of his failing health, Brother Patterson superannuated many years ago, and made his home with his daughter in El Paso since that time, He was received into full connection in the Louisiana Conference fifty-six years ago. During his active ministry he served many of the most difficult places in the Conference, but was recognized as one of the most faithful and consecrated ministers In this section of the country. At no time was he appointed to any large stations, but he always felt that, though his appointment was small in size, it was large in importance.
Brother Patterson was born in Natchez, Mississippi, February 15, 1841. He received his education in the same community. During the Civil War he was a private of artillery in the Confederate Army. He was a member of the Wade Hampton Chapter of the Confederate Veterans. He was married to Miss Martha Reeves Wren of Minden, Louisiana, June 15, 1868. She preceded him to her heavenly home many years ago.
Surviving Brother Patterson are two daughters, Mrs. Seth Orndort and Mrs. Carrie P. Myers of El Paso, and two sons, Dr. G. W. Patterson~ of Douglas, Arizona, and Mr. H. T. Patterson of New Orleans; a sister,. Mrs. Carrie Eckhardt, several nieces and nephews, who are the sons and daughters of Judge R, H. Thompson of Jackson, Mississippi.
It was my privilege for the four years I was pastor of Trinity Methodist Church in El Paso to have a most intimate association with Brother Patterson. Though he was old in years, be was young and active in spirit. He never missed Sunday school, the morning or the evening hours of worship, or the Wednesday evening prayer meeting, unless some illness of a severe nature prevented his leaving his room. He was without doubt the most consecrated character I have ever known, and cast a benediction of love and refinement upon that entire congregation by his presence. When called upon for public prayer, he talked to the Father on terms clearly showing that there was a familiarity and love existing between the Father and the child on earth. He had a unique sense of humor, and displayed it to the joy of all who knew him. At no time did I ever hear the slightest word of complaint or criticism fall from his lips, but always words of encouragement and commendation. No individual In my congregation at any time has been a greater inspiration and help to me in my ministry.
It can be truly said of Brother Patterson, “he fought a good fight, and has now won a crown of righteousness.” Death for him was only a translation from this life into the City of Light. \\Though he has gone from our midst, he has indelibly impressed himself upon the hearts oi all those who were privileged to know him, and surely we pause to express gratitude to Almighty God for the blessing his life has been to each of us.
W. ANGIE SMITH, D.D.
|Source: Annual of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 81-82, 1932|