Lonnie Ervin Patterson was born April 8, 1945. He was the son of the late Raymond Patterson and the late Roberta Garner Patterson. Lonnie transitioned to his heavenly home on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at AuthoraCare Hospice of Burlington, North Carolina.
Lonnie was a graduate of Central High School in Graham, North Carolina. He joined the United States Army after graduation. After serving in the Military, he worked at Byrum Sharpe’s Motors until his employment at Tower’s Hosiery Mill where he retired as supervisor.
He was a faithful member of Rock Creek A.M.E. Church and was a member of the Sons of Allen Men’s Fellowship Club. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling, keeping up the home place, working on his tractor, riding his motorcycle and was a proud supporter of his community offering his service throughout his life. Lonnie always enjoyed spending time with his family.
Lonnie was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy McAdams, his niece, Reola McAdams, his nephew, George Louis McAdams, his great nephews, Jason McAdams and Reginald Wrenn.
Lonnie is survived by his wife, Mary Lee Matthews Patterson of the home; five children he helped raise: Sirmander White, Tracy McAdams, Steve McAdams, Bobby McAdams, and April Royster; three stepsons, Dale Horton (Gywnn), Dwight Horton (Glenda) and Don Eric Horton; sister, Olivia McAdams of Rock Creek; brother, James Sonny Patterson of Conn.
To my amazing caregivers: Sirmander White, Tracy McAdams, Jamie McAdams, Steve McAdams, Theresa McAdams, Glenda Horton, Glenda Lambert, Reggie Royster, Gloria Hill, Bobby and Dee McAdams, Benny and Betty Bittle, Henry Matthews, Rev and Linda Fortune, Frances Holt, Main Street Grill, Staley, NC, Betty Lou Garner, Mike and Elaine Garner, Rayford Jeffries, Gary Garner, Arnold Garner, Patricia Foust, Josie Tinnin, Bennie and Carolyn Coble, Ozie Mae Shoffner Garner and family. A special thank you to AuthoraCare Hospice of Burlington, North Carolina.
You gave your time. You gave your hand. But most of all you gave your heart. Words cannot express how grateful I was for everything you all did for me. As the struggle and the pain got harder, you were always there for me to help me thru my final transition. Thank you and I love you all.