Robert Patterson

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    Robert Marion Patterson, 77, of Murphy, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019, in a Chattanooga, Tenn.,
    He was born in Polk County, Tenn., but lived most of his life in the Hiwassee Dam community. Robert worked locally for Rimco Manufacturing and later for Lockheed in Marietta, Ga.
    He had lived in Palmdale, Calif., while working with Lockheed & Northrup Grumman. Robert and his family had lived in Iran for a year while working for Bell Helicopter. He retired from Lockheed after 33 years.
    Robert was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.  He enjoyed gardening, working in the yard and fishing. He loved playing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Robert enjoyed meeting new people and always found a friend to talk to.  
    He was the son of the late Claud and Ada Davis Patterson. He was also preceded in death by five brothers: Herbert, Kenneth, Wayne, Wendell and Jack Patterson.
    Surviving are his loving wife of 54 years, Pat Wright Patterson; two daughters, Pamela Timbs and husband, Jeff of Cartersville, Ga., and Penny Garrison and husband, Billy of Winston, Ga.; a son, Paul Patterson of Murphy; a special sister, Linda Dale Nickle of Postell, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Heather, Ryan, Haleigh, Breanna, Paul, Pierce, Zachary, Caleb and Caitlyn; seven great-grandchildren, Savannah, Eli, Sophia, Ava, Susana, Malachi and Claire. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2019, at Friendship Baptist Church with the Revs. Steve Ware and Keith Allison officiating.
    The interment will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Adam Wright, Roger Campbell, Randy, Mark and Nick Patterson, Ryan Timbs and Caleb Garrison. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Patterson, Thomas, Donnie, and Rex Wright, Joey Reid and Harold Helton.
    The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, where the body will be until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the services.
    Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, was in charge of all arrangements.
    An online guest register is available at


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