Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park

2205 Williamsburg Drive, Gastonia, NC


Shirley Faye Patterson

July 7, 1945May 14, 2020

Shirley Faye (McKinnish) Patterson, 74, of Dallas passed away peacefully at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia on Thursday May 14, 2020. Shirley loved to do crafts. She would crochet as well as cook, can and garden. She love her plants and she was particularly fond of flowers. More than anything Shirley loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends and all that knew and loved her.

Shirley is the daughter of the late Helen (Crisp) and David McKinnish. Her sisters Joyce Horne, and Frances James and brother Charles McKinnish have preceded her in death.

Left behind to cherish their memories of Shirley are her husband of 40 years, Gary Patterson, her daughter Angela Dover and husband Randy and son, Randy McKinnish and wife Lisa. Missing their grandmother are grandchildren – Christina Tomlinson and husband Stephon, Megan McKinnish and husband Austin, Randy Dover, Jr. and Tara Armstrong. Her sister Dorothy Huskey and husband Jack and brother Jim McKinnish also survive Shirley. Shirley’s special lifelong friend, Pinkie Witherspoon, is also grieving the loss of Shirley.

The family will hold a graveside service at 11:00 am on Monday May 18, 2020 in the Garden of Time at Gaston Memorial Park, 1200 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia.

Fond memories of Shirley and condolences for the family may be left at www.carothersfuneralhomegastonia.com.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Shirley’s name to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org. or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL, 33607, https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. or Whitestone Masonic and Eastern Star Community, 700 S. Holden Road, Greensboro, NC 27407, https://www.liveatwhitestone.org/. or Masonic Home for Children (Oxford Orphanage), 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565, https://mhc-oxford.org/.

The staff of Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park is honored to serve the Patterson family during this difficult time. .


  • Graveside Service and Committal

    Monday, May 18, 2020


Shirley Faye Patterson

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