Joe Russell Patterson

September 13, 1942January 7, 2019

Joe was born on September 13, 1942 in Henderson County, Texas to parents James Russell and Edna Millie (Morris) Patterson and entered into eternal rest on January 7, 2019 at the age of 76. Joe graduated from Kemp High School in 1960. He married the love of his life, Karen Rains, on June 16, 1979 in Kansas City, MO. Joe worked for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority for 27 years. After moving to Rockwall, he worked for Rockwall ISD for 1 year. Joe was a man with a BIG heart, he was generous to others and kept up with his family and friends. He was a family man, it meant everything to him. Joe enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, gardening and working, he loved to work. He enjoyed reading, loved history and talking politics. Joe was an amazing husband, father, Pappa and brother. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; James “Buddy” Patterson, Jack Patterson and Aubrey Pete Patterson, sisters; Zella Fay Jedlicka, Mary Ruth Henson and Johnnie Patterson Thornton and nephew Brian Bostian.

He is survived by his loving wife Karen Patterson of Rockwall, daughter Beth Ross and husband Josh of Rockwall, granddaughter Aubrey Ross, sister Willa Pruitt of Terrell, brother Billy Morris Patterson of Boyd, sister Ida Beth Pezanosky of Crowley, other loving family members and many more lifelong friends.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested a contribution to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at be made in Joe's name.


  • James Russell and Edna Millie (Morris) Patterson, Parents
  • Jack, James "Buddy", and Aubrey Patterson, Brothers
  • Zella Fay Jedlicka, Mary Ruth Henson and Johnnie Patterson, Sisters
  • Karen Patterson, The Love of His Life for 39 years
  • Beth Ross and Josh, Daughter and Spouse
  • Aubrey Ross, Granddaughter
  • Willa Pruitt, Sister
  • Bill Morris Patterson, Brother
  • Ida Beth Patterson, Sister

  • Rusty Jedlicka
  • Steve Pezanosky
  • Tom Pezanosky
  • Shane Pruitt
  • Wes Patterson
  • Erick Rains
  • James Buckhalter, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Nolan Duncan, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brian Bostian, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tyler Stuckemyer, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, January 11, 2019

Joe Russell Patterson

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Pam Bee

January 10, 2019

Joe was my neighbor across the street. I remember when I was planning to purchase my home I told the salesman I want to live somewhere when I will feel safe and he said I know the perfect spot/lot for you, it was across the street from Joe and Karen. As the house was being built, I would occasionally drive over to see the progress and Joe would always come over and let me know what was going on. We would talk for hours and after a short time, I knew the salesman was right, Joe was going to be the perfect neighbor I needed. Not only did he watch my house when I was away but he was also my go-to person when I found special critters in the garage that I needed removed. I remember calling Joe to help me when I found a dead rat in the garage. He walked right over and said "oh, it's just a dead rat" and he picked it up and threw it away for me as I stood there frozen like a statue! Beth, Josh, his new grandbaby and Karen were truly the light of his life! Joe will be terribly missed but I have the hope in Jesus Christ that I will see him again in eternity. Joe, I will see you at the gate!

Jimmy McNair

January 10, 2019

Joe was a longtime friend of mine, sharing a few years together at Kemp schools. After he moved back to Texas, he got back in contact with a few old friends, one of which was me. He and I enjoyed talking about historical happenings in Kaufman and Henderson Counties. I learned a lot about old times in rural East Texas, including hog-stealing and a certain tough county sheriff. He was a good friend and will be missed.

"God bless you", from an old Kemp friend.

Beth Pezanosky

January 9, 2019

Joe , even though we lived miles apart during our adult life, we were still close in heart. Who am I going to call for Kemp and Aley information. I was looking for something today and my first thought was call Joe, I will truly miss you more than you could ever know. I look forward to spending eternity in heaven with you.

I hope you can feel the love and hugs that are sent with this message.
Your loving sister,
Ida Beth Patterson Pezanosky

Pattie Bailey

January 9, 2019

I met Joe after we built houses next to each other in Fate. I would tease him as he anxiously paced outside, checking the mailbox, inspecting things on the house, etc. - all an excuse as he waited for Karen to come from Missouri. He was not very animated until the day I asked him if she was coming soon and he finally had an answer. He was so happy she was finally due to arrive. She and Beth were clearly his life and over the years we became good friends. We would chat about life, politics and family over our mutual fence. He appeared pretty gruff to those who didn't know him. But, I knew differently. One day when he was letting my dogs out for me I came home early to find him sweet talking them on the back porch. I listened for awhile and then opened the door and said "so you're sweet talking the dogs I see". Startled, he looked up and said "I will deny it to the end of time" then broke into that familiar smile. He had a reputation to maintain he explained. He might have seemed tough on the outside, but he had a marshmallow center. He was truly a family man and we talked about how happy he was when Beth found Josh. I am so glad he was here for Beth & Josh's wedding and Aubrey's arrival. I will miss his kindness, humor and friendship, but I will never forget Joe Patterson.