Avery Gerald Patterson will be buried at his home of 17 years, the David and Julia White Artist Colony in Ciudad Colon, where a memorial garden will be developed in his name.
Patterson, 78, died at the James H. Quillen Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee, March 15. A memorial service was scheduled in the Faith Promise Church in Knoxville, Tennessee Saturday.
Patterson was born Dec. 6, 1935, in Coker Creek, Tennessee. He enlisted and served active duty in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War for three years and then served in the Naval Reserves for another nine years. During his career he worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority, L&N Railway, First Investors, and Southern Railway, the family said.
The family said he was survived by his brother, Harold Patterson, and Harold’s wife, Maxine, and Louise Patterson, the wife of his late brother Ray. Other survivors are Jean Patterson, mother, and Vivian Neill, grandmother, of his two sons, Dennis Patterson with his wife Dawn, and Nelson Patterson with his wife, Wendy; five grand children and three great grandchildren:
His family said he looked at life with optimism and was always ready for an adventure and that he loved nature, beautiful scenery, orchids and gardening.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Avery G. Patterson Memorial Garden fund at 1649 Dutch Valley Road, Clinton, Tennessee 37716. The family may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.