Billy Bass Patterson

August 2, 1927April 12, 2012

PATTERSON, Billy (Bill) Bass. April 12, 2012, in Nashville, TN. Survived by his wife Barbara Jackson Patterson; daughter Melanie Patterson Blank (Lee); granddaughter Rebecca Scott Blank; sister Martha Patterson Breeding (Buzzy); and loving nieces and nephews. He was the son of Bernice Barty Sheffield and Levi Bass Patterson. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jack D. Patterson and Bobby G. Patterson.

Bill graduated from Dobyns Bennett High School and the University of Mississippi. He served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific theater and the US Naval Reserves. He worked for Sinclair /Atlantic Richfield Oil Company for 27 years before starting his own company, Dixie Fuels and Lubricants. He was a member of Tennessee Oil Men's Association, the American Legion, Portland Chamber of Commerce, and Hillwood Country Club.

Bill was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, family member, and friend. Bill loved life, his family and friends, his work, and our great country. He was a principled man with tremendous work ethic and an avid storyteller who never met a stranger.

Honorary Pallbearers are Buzzy Breeding, Gene Stribling, Ky Rasmussen, Jim Cunningham, P.T. Nottingham, Johnny Nottingham, Charlie Joseph, Timmy Taylor, Randall Maguire, Randy Brooks, Ray Brown, and Wayne Goodrum.

Pallbearers will be Michael Breeding, Pat Breeding, Mark Breeding, Jack Patterson, Billy Rolfe, Richard Johnson, Steve Kress, and Timmy Taylor, .

The family thanks the talented physicians and caregivers at Tennessee Oncology, Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, and Alive Hospice for their expertise and thoughtfulness.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 12:00 on Monday, April 16, 2012 , with visitation preceding the service at 10:00 at the church, and burial immediately following at Middle Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Alive Hospice. MARSHALL-DONNELLY-COMBS FUNERAL HOME. 615-327-1111.


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August 1, 2012

I had the pleasure of crossing paths with Bill several times both through his business and my current and former business. He will truely be missed. Joey-Star Physical Therapy/ A&H Oil Co.

Cousin Tom Patterson & Family

April 16, 2012

Bill was a "rock" of inspiration at our family reunions in Slasham, Alabama. He carried the torch of his Dad and our Uncle Bass onward and upward. We will miss him. Our prayers and blessings to Barbara, Melanie and Martha and all family members and his many friends.

Mary Frances Restrepo

April 15, 2012

I remember our first Thanksgiving dinner with The Pattersons that started a life long friendship for me and my family. We are so lucky to know and love Melanie, Barbara and Bill. I loved, respected and enjoyed Bill Patterson and am sending all my love to Melanie and Mrs Patterson. Mary Frances Restrepo

April 15, 2012

Mr. Patterson was a wonderful friend and neighbor to my Bianconi family. He lit up every visit I made to Nashville. I'm grateful I got to see him shortly before his passing and will always remember him as a great and loving man.

Bob Restrepo

April 15, 2012

Barbara, I went through four years of Dobyns-Bennett with Bill and he was always the fun guy and loved by all. My sympathy to you and all the family. His smile will be a memory for all of us. Peace, Shirley Sample Gunn, Black Mountain, NC

April 15, 2012


April 15, 2012

Our hearts and prayers are with all of you. Bonnie Cargal Cochran and Family, Pensacola FL

April 15, 2012

My deepest sympathy to barbara & melanie & families. Thinking of you all as you go through this grief of bill's passing. May you find the comfort that you need in your friends, family & all the sweet memories he has left in your heart. Love to you all. Tereasa Bowers