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Brookside Funeral Home & Brookside Memorial Park

13747 Eastex Freeway, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Franklin Patterson

July 20, 1921March 21, 2020
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Franklin Patterson, Sr., age 98 of Kingwood, Texas, went home to his Heavenly Father on Saturday, the 21st of March, 2020. Franklin was born in Grassy Creek near Navasota, Texas, on July 20, 1921.

Franklin wore many hats throughout his life, as “Pat”, “Uncle Dood”, and “Papa”, as well as, devoted husband and proud father to six sons. His legacy will live on in the hearts of his family to always “Be Kind”. He was truly one of the “Greatest Generation”.

At a very young age, Pat joined the tree army in East Texas known as Civil Conservation Corps cutting trees to help build bridges throughout Texas. By the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was part of the Horse Cavalry. As part of the Signal Corp, he went overseas and was in the 2nd wave at Omaha Beach on D Day in WWII and fought at the Battle of the Bulge earning 2 Bronze Stars. He was on a ship headed to Japan when the war ended. Upon his return to the States, he began working on the Rail Road where he met the love of his life, Wanda Rose Burleigh at a USO dance in Kinder, Louisianna.

As a certified electrician, Pat worked on the railroad with Missouri Pacific Line for 38 years as a Signal Maintainer. He treasured his retirement of another 38 years, bringing Beekeeping into the family sharing “Patterson Honey” with friends and family. He was a proud member of the Melrose Masonic Lodge No. 1294 where he earned his 33rd Degree as a Master Mason. Pat was a devout Christian with long time memberships at Little York Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Kingwood. Last but not least, Pat raised his family on the Northside of Houston and coached many years for the Northside National Little League Baseball at Melrose Baseball Park.

“Papa” was a man of few words, but led with a strong moral compass of integrity, honor, and respect. He believed that hard work was good for the soul while teaching his children and grandchildren to garden and understand the value of fresh vegetables. He instilled the true meaning of farm to table meals. They hunted in his beloved Piney Woods of Jasper, Texas. Running a chainsaw and learning how to cut trees and clear roads through the piney woods are lessons he taught with great attention to detail. Though “Pat” was never in a hurry, there was nothing he could not fix; once completed, his work never had an issue.

He is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Josephine Patterson, several siblings, other relatives & friends, and his dear son Paul Alton Patterson. He is survived by his wife of almost 66 years, Wanda Rose Patterson and their 5 sons and families, Franklin Patterson, Jr. and wife Donna, Gary Patterson, Craig Patterson and wife Kelly, Scott Patterson and wife Debbie, John Patterson and wife Jamie; grandchildren, Franklin & Michelle Patterson III, John Augustus Patterson, Jill & Donald Jefferson, Garrett Patterson, Christopher Patterson, Kaitlyn Patterson, Connor Patterson, Brady Patterson, Mitchell Patterson, Jesslyn Patterson, Jacie Patterson, Jenna Patterson; great-grandchildren, Felicity Jefferson, Fisher Patterson, & Liam Jefferson. Two Siblings, Mattie Jo Beeson and husband Jack, Dean Patterson and wife Shirley. Several dear nephews and nieces. Special friends Earl Warner (his Wednesday night domino partner) and his wife Eleanor.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Franklin Patterson III
  • John A. Patterson
  • Garrett Patterson
  • Brady Patterson
  • Mitchell Patterson
  • Christopher Patterson
  • Connor Patterson
  • Jill Jefferson , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jesslyn Patterson , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jacie Patterson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jenna Patterson , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kaitlyn Patterson , Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 27, 2020
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 27, 2020

Memories

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Brad Riley

March 26, 2020

What a Wonderful Man Our Families Spent Many Hours At Northside National Little League Fields I Will Always Have Fond Memories of That
God Bless Wanda And The Family

Larin Perkins

March 26, 2020

Dear Gary and all your brothers. I have watched and admired you as sons of two wonderful parents. The dedication and love you guys have demonstrated over the years in taking care of your parents will guarantee you a place in heaven next to your father. Please continue to stay strong and love each other as you always have. I am so proud you guys are my friends. My family is praying for your continued strength. Love Larin!!!!!!!

Madeline Garza

March 26, 2020

John and Family, I want to extend my heartfelt and sincere condolences to you all over the loss of your Dad 🙏♥️🙏❤️. You were so blessed to have him for so very long ❤️. God Bless You All. My prayers are with you.

Sonny and Jeanette Dollar

March 25, 2020

Gary, we are so sorry to hear of your dads passing. Its so sad that with this current condition of our nations health problem, that he can’t have the large funeral that he so well deserved. We know what you are going through for most of us have been there. Thanks to our wonderful God that you had him for so many years.
It seems just like yesterday when we were sitting next to him at Garret and Marks ballgames laughing and cutting up together. He was so much a joy to be around. I had so much fun discussing all the days he spent with the Missouri Pacific Railroad and knowing my dad. What a small world we all live in. We only wished we would have many more of those times.
Again, we are so sad for you and remember you are always in our thoughts and prayers and we love you so much and miss seeing you.

Judy Michalak

March 25, 2020

Pat was the kindest man I've ever known. I have many fond memories of him walking little ones showing them the beautiful nature God gives us. I was blessed to be called his friend.

Keith Fondal

March 25, 2020

Sorry for your loss, my years as a signalman were never a dull moment with him.

Diane Stutes

March 23, 2020

Praying for the family. So sorry for your loss.
Rick & Diane Stutes

Franklin Patterson III

March 23, 2020

Franklin Patterson III

March 23, 2020

Franklin Patterson III

March 23, 2020

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