Dr. William L. Patterson

February 16, 1951May 13, 2017
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Dr. William L. Patterson, age 66, received his angel wings while at home on May 13, 2017. His final days were spent peacefully with family and loved ones, enjoying all things in life that he so loved. Bill was born in Jacksonville, FL on February 16, 1951, and preceded in death by his parents, Dr. William M. Patterson, Jr. and Faye Beatty Patterson. Bill leaves loving memories to be cherished by his daughter, Caroline (Jesse); his son, Mac; his sister, Cheryl Patterson Stedeford (Walter); nephew, Hays Patterson Carlyon (Kerri); and grand-niece, Avery, and grand-nephew, Jackson. Bill also leaves behind his special love, Janice Green, who took good care of him and helped him live his last days to their fullest. Bill graduated from The Bolles School in 1969 and from Wofford College in 1974. He went on to dental school at Emory University, graduated and returned to Jacksonville to practice dentistry alongside his father. Bill eventually took over the practice taking great pride in all that his father had built. He was loyal to the staff and clients and carried on with the outstanding service and traditions of the practice for over 45 years. He retired in 2015. A die-hard Gator fan who loved the outdoors, Bill had a very strong faith in God that carried him throughout his very full and memorable life. He blames CW and Grady (and many others) for all the good times, bad times, and other times that can't be mentioned here. He possessed an ideal balance of empathy, generosity, humor, and sweetness that simply radiated from him. Always the perfect southern gentleman with a witty commentary, he loved his children and family, his dogs (Katie, Belle, Boone and Ellie), hunting, history, traveling, classic rock, and his many, many friends. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 18, 10:00 a.m., at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 11801 San Jose Blvd., followed by a celebration of Bill's life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to Bill's favorite charity, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The family also asks that you spend time with your children, take a walk on the beach with your loved ones, make a toast to enduring friendships in this life and beyond, and work hard to Make America Great Again; it is what Bill would want.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, May 18, 2017
  • Reception Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dr. William L. Patterson

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May 22, 2017

Our deepest sympathies go to the family. Cheryl, we are thinking of you and your love for your brother. Sorry we didn't know of Bill's passing until yesterday. Please know you are in our prayers.
Don & Linda 10A

Musa Fennell Johnson

May 20, 2017

To Caroline and Mac:

Your father was special to me for years. He and I first knew each other in MYF at Southside Methodist Church and he was so much fun! He attended Bolles and I was at duPont, but occasionally I was helping him with some English homework ~ that was a trip!

Years later he became my dentist and the dentist to my children and there has never been a better dentist ever. Even now that my children are grown with children of their own, they still say that no dentist will ever be better than Dr. Bill. He loved what he did and considered it an art and treated his patients as family.

He was an awesome friend and we shared a lot of laughter and tears and I treasured him and always will. It grieved me greatly to see him bear the pain and treatments these last years, but it always filled my heart to talk to him and hear his cheerful, optimistic attitude. His faith was strong and I know he is with his Lord.

God created one of a kind in Bill, not only as an incredible dentist of great compassion, but as a loving, devoted father and friend. You have so much to be thankful for and I wish you years of loving memories and the Lord's peace and love during this time.

Musa Fennell Johnson

Karen McCurry

May 19, 2017

Dr. Patterson may you rest in peace. Blessings to all of your family.

May 19, 2017

Bill was an excellent dentist that took pride in his work and was always careful to make sure that you were as comfortable as possible. But much more than that he was a family friend. I enjoyed talking about the old days with him. Sending prayers to his family and friends.

Janice Rice

Mary Hunter

May 18, 2017

Dr. Patterson was my dentist years ago. I have never found another one like him. My whole family went to him. He was the BEST of the BEST. God bless you Dr. Patterson. You will always be remembered.

Julie Baker

May 18, 2017

I was so sad to hear of Dr. Bill's passing! My husband, the late Dr. Joel Baker, treasured Bill's friendship and loved remembering their fun hunting trips together. My sympathy to his family and also to his loyal staff.

Barbara Ivose

May 18, 2017

Dr. Patterson was a kind and generous individual as well as being THE BEST Dentist. I actually looked forward to my visits to the office to be greeted with a smile and sometimes to visit with "Josie". What a wonderful man! He will be missed. Barbara Ivose (Friend and Patient)

Joel & Barbara Mitchell

May 18, 2017

We have had the pleasure of knowing Bill both personally and professionally for many years. He was a great friend who took a personal interest in people and always cared. He was indeed a gentle giant and truly one of the good guys. May he rest in peace.

Barbara J. Langston

May 18, 2017

It is with extreme sadness that I have learned of Dr. Patterson's passing. My husband and I were patients of his father's beginning in 1972 then continued with the young Dr. Patterson as our family grew to include two children. We all appreciated not only the excellent dental care provided but also the fine and genuinely caring person that Dr. Patterson was. I feel privileged to have known him. Sending thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

Dory Sartoris

May 17, 2017

Truly one-of-a-kind who will be missed by many. One of the last times I saw Dr. Patterson, he said he keeps this quote on his refrigerator: "Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away". No one lives this out more than he did. I know he has a whole group of angels welcoming him into heaven! May he rest in peace.