Mr. Wendell Patton, 78

June 1, 1940 - April 15, 2019

Mr. Wendell Patton, 78, of Fitzgerald, died Monday, April 15, 2019, at Palemon Gaskins Memorial Nursing Home in Ocilla.

Mr. Patton was born in Coffee County on June 1, 1940, to Rufus and Allene Vickers Patton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Faie Hunter Patton.

He was a graduate of Coffee County High School. Following his marriage, he farmed with his father-in-law, the late E.D. Hunter. Known for Patton’s Antiques, Mr. Patton appreciated primitive styles and heirloom pieces. He owned and operated Patton’s Sandblasting and Painting, where his industrial contracts included Gilman, Georgia Pacific, and Robins Air Force Base. His Cargo South in Ocilla was named Business of the Year in 2005 by the Ocilla-Irwin County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Patton was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church, where he served and led the seventh and eighth grade boys’ Sunday school class. Mr. Patton loved animals, including horses, and he often was seen with his companion lab, Cargo, at his side.

Survivors include: his dear Venita; daughters, Wendy Patton Dix of Fitzgerald and Maria Kennedy Beaird of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; brother, Carlton (Gail) Patton of Knoxville, Tenn.; sister, Wanda Moncrief of Jacksonville, FL; and a grandson, Beau Dix of Ocilla.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at First Baptist Church, with the Elder Jasper Stewart and the Rev. Jereme Wells officiating. Eulogies were delivered by Gene Wade, Judge Robert Chasteen and Robert Sherrell. Music was provided by pianist Susan Spivey and organist Barbara Jacobs. Blaine Jacobs led the congregation.

Pallbearers were Allen Brown, Jason Davis, Art Dorminy, Michael Turner, Freeman Tharpe, Edward Hill, Stewart Carswell and Jad Dixon. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Davis, Andy Johnson, Al Johnson, Ross Campbell, Rob Sherrell, Mark Turner and Brent Brown.

Interment was at Bethlehem Church Cemetery in Ben Hill County, with Lydia Jay Mason officiating.

The family suggests that memorial donations may be made to the Ben Hill County Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1022, Fitzgerald, GA 31750 or Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.), Donations, 511 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Irving, Texas 75062.

Paulk Funeral Home of Fitzgerald was in charge of arrangements.

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