Patterson, John Francis

John Francis Patterson, USAF (Retired)
November 22, 1934 – April 16, 2019

John Francis Patterson

NOVEMBER 2, 1934 ~ APRIL 16, 2019 (AGE 84)

John F. Patterson passed on to glory on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Duke University Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born November 2, 1934 in Roseboro, NC, to Robert Lennie and Rose Floyd Patterson.  He was a graduate of Roseboro-Salemburg High School, University of Nebraska, and Golden State University.

During his career in the Air Force, John served as a helicopter pilot in many locations including Vietnam.  In his retirement he built three airplanes and enjoyed taking family and friends on short flights.  He loved traveling, maintaining his farmland, and reading.

He is survived by his wife of almost fifty years, Theresa Jensen Patterson of the home; his brother, Jim Patterson of Dalton, Ga.; nieces and nephews; and many friends.

A service to celebrate John’s life will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, April 20, at Butler Funeral Home, 401 W. Roseboro Street, Roseboro, with Reverend Bobby Herring and Reverend Laura Ledford officiating.  The family will receive friends from 10:00-10:50am prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Roseboro United Methodist Church, PO Box 8, Roseboro, NC 28382.

Butler Funeral Home of Roseboro is serving the family.


April 18, 2019 8:14 PM
I was brought up in Roseboro, and knew the Patterson’s very well.  Bob was my age, but I certainly remember John.  The members of the Patterson family were honorable, bright, and compassionate.  I wonder if Theresa remembers when she bought the Sky Diving ticket at the Domestic Violence Banquet.  John took her over to Raeford and witnessed in his quiet, but supportive way.  We have lost a fine gentleman.
Ann Tyson Turlington

April 18, 2019 2:41 PM
Thoughts & prayers to Teresa & family.
Whit & Polly Wilson

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