OBITUARY

James Steven Patterson

September 15, 1957December 12, 2017
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James Steven "Steve" Patterson, age 60 of Jackson, passed away on December 12, 2017.

He was born on September 15, 1957 in Jackson, MS, to Barbara Patterson Smith and the late James Patrick Patterson. After leaving MS, he made his home in San Antonio, TX, where he was a successful businessman who traveled the world. He ended up in Jackson, TN, where he worked for and retired from the Milan Arsenal. Steve was dedicated to his work, but more so to his family. He was a very intelligent man, and was known to know "a little bit about everything". His interests varied so much that he loved everything from woodworking to being a board member of Ballet Arts, and he was also very politically active.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Elam Patterson of Jackson; step-father Henry Smith of Columbia; son David Patterson and wife Rachel of Medina; son Eric Patterson of Collierville; daughter Lauren Patterson Davis of Jackson; grandchildren Naomi Eve, Alex, Reese, and Gabe.

Funeral services for Steve will be held on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2pm at George A. Smith and Sons North Chapel with burial following at Ridgecrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12-2pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in his memory to Ballet Arts Jackson at www.balletartsjackson.org

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 17, 2017
  • Funeral Service Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Michelle Jones Fleming

December 18, 2017

Thank you Steve for keeping in touch with me after all these years. You and your family were like family to me. It's hard to believe you're gone. My heart breaks for the loved ones you left behind, much too soon, though no amount of time is ever enough. I wish them all peace and healing. Rest in peace friend.

December 18, 2017

Connie and Family.....We are so sorry to hear about Steve. Our love and thoughts are with you during your time of sorrow. Love Cousin Al and Family

Lauren

December 16, 2017

I'm sorry for being selfish. I wasn't ready to let you go... But, we don't operate on our time do we? I know that you are in a better place... no more medicine, no more treatments, no more earthly tethers. Just freedom. You are truly free... So, I will not be selfish... I will just be missing you until we meet again.
I love you Daddy

Lauren

December 16, 2017

I'm sorry for being selfish... I wasn't ready to let you go. But, we don't operate on our time do we? I know that you are in a better place... no more medicine, no more treatments, no more earthly tethers... just freedom. You are truly free. So, I will not be selfish. I will just be missing you until we meet again. I love you Daddy.

Kathy and Jeri Jones

December 16, 2017

Steve was one of the best friends we ever had. We have so many wonderful memories of all the time we spent together. Steve was so intelligent, warm, kind and had a huge heart. We love Steve and Connie, and will miss him always. So sorry we can't make the trip for the funeral, but so glad we were able to visit in November. Our heartfelt prayers are with the entire family. Love, Kathy and Jeri

Ricky Patterson

December 15, 2017

Connie and Barbara . So sorry to learn of Steve's passing. Last time we saw Steve was when Jimmy left this earth. Steve was a funny well educated and talented man. Connie I will be praying for you all. Wish we could make the trip to Tennesee but can't travel. We will be with you in our hearts. Sheila and Ricky Patterson. Steve's uncle from Texas

Barbara Smith

December 15, 2017

My son Steve lived his life by the highest standards and leaves behind a legacy of integrity and a family that will forever cherish his memory. As his mother let me say that I am proud to know he was one of the really 'good guys' in this chaotic world, I couldn't have asked for a better son. I know he is now in his glorified body and in no more pain. Knowing that gives me peace as only God can give.

David Patterson

December 15, 2017

I will always love you Dad. I will do my best to take care of our family the way that you would want. You were the greatest teacher I've ever known, and I am grateful to have been your son. I will continue to make you proud. My only hope is to try and be to my children half the dad that you didn't even have to be.
I love you.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY