July 7, 1927 – April 1, 2019
Richard Frank Patton of East Point, Georgia passed away peacefully on April 1, 2019. He was currently residing at Heartis of Fayetteville with his wife Billie at the time of his passing where he was surrounded by his family. Richard was the first born of 4 children to Lorene and Wescott Patton on July 7, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. The family lived on a farm in Whitewater, Wisconsin until Richard was 14 and then moved to Beloit. He graduated from Beloit High School in 1945 and joined the Air Force at the age of 18. He served for 21 years as a meteorologist and retired in 1963 as a SMSGT. During his time in Tokyo, Japan he met and married Billie Eubanks, a corporal in the Army. After retiring from the Air Force, Richard started work for Delta Airlines in Atlanta where he continued his meteorology career for 25 years, retiring in 1991. Richard loved his church family at East Point Christian where he served as an elder for many years. He was a devoted family man and loved by everyone he came in contact with. He will be greatly missed by many. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Billie, a son Alan (Linda) Patton, a daughter Patti (David) Burke, 4 grandchildren Sean Patton, Stacey (Eric) Gibbs, Katie (Joshua) Odom and Jessica (Darryl) Atherton and 7 great-grandchildren. A brother Edward (Joan) Patton, 2 sisters Pat (John) Von Der Vellen and Judy (Frank) Young. Services will be held Saturday, April 13 at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 5755 Mallory Rd, College Park, Ga. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm and services will begin at 2:00. There will be a gathering for family and friends after the graveside service at the home of David and Patti Burke. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee The American Indian Christian Mission, Shoe Low, Arizona
- Visitation Saturday, April 13, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, April 13, 2019
April 11, 2019
Richard Patton was a gentleman of the first order. When I came with Western Airlines to Delta in 1987, Richard treated me with respect and friendship. He was always eager to help anyone who had a question, or who just needed some good meteorological insight into specific weather situations. Blessed be, Richard, you will always be missed and remembered.
April 11, 2019
A true gentleman who displayed his faith by his service to others. Dick took me around personally on my first day of employment at Delta (nearly 30 years ago) and ensured all the required paperwork was completed. When he built the shift schedule for meteorologists, he asked junior seniority people like me if there were any specific days we needed off -- an important and caring gesture.
I share in your grief at his passing but hope all will celebrate a life well lived. "Well done, good and faithful servant."
April 8, 2019
Dear Patton Family, we are so sorry to hear that Dick has passed away!! He was one of the many who trained me when I first started at Delta and I worked with him a few summers forecasting the Air Race Classic. Lots of knowledge in his brain! Big hugs and lots of love from your Delta family!
April 8, 2019
What a wonderful brother you were Richard. So glad that you were in my life. We had some great times together. Especially Nova Scotia and the Black Hills trips.