The funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, March 23, 2018, Bethel A.M.E. Church, River Road, Montezuma, Georgia. Burial will follow at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Whiteline Street, Montezuma, Georgia.
John Willie Patterson was born January 15, 1956 to the late Fannie Clara Lucas Patterson and John Willie Patterson, Sr., in Montezuma, Macon County, Georgia. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Grant William Patterson and James Davis.
He was a 1975 graduate of the historic D.F. Douglass High School. He furthered his education and was a recipient of a full basketball scholarship to Mars Hill College in Asheville, North Carolina where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Recreation in 1981. He was employed as a Recreation Supervisor with Midstate Correctional Facility in New Jersey where he retired in 2014. He was married to Shirley Jenkins Patterson and to this union two children were born. He was a member of Bethel A.M.E Church in Montezuma, Georgia until he relocated to New Jersey where he became a member of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church.
He leaves a legacy of love and many fond memories to his two children, Nycole Patterson, Decatur, Georgia and John Willie Patterson III, Willingboro, New Jersey; granddaughter, Alyssa Simone Hamilton; siblings, Rev. Jelverlyn Cole (Gerald), Sanford, North Carolina, Annie Hannor (John), East Point, Georgia, Emily Patterson and Francis Ellis, both of Montezuma, Georgia; nieces and nephews, Stephia Jacobs, Willie Joe Mathis, Jr., Lolita McAuley, Willie J. McDonald III, all of Montezuma, Georgia, Gerald Cole Jr. and Antoine Cole both of Sanford, North Carolina, Janessa Cole, Fayetteville, North Carolina, Elizabeth Ellis, Peer, Belgium, John Hannor, Jr. and William Ragins both of Atlanta, Georgia, Ozanna Stigler, Rex, Georgia, Valarie Davis and a host of great nieces and nephews, one great-great niece, one great-great nephew, and other relatives and friends.