Ellis Wayne Patterson
Ellis Wayne Patterson
  • May 19, 1944 - September 30, 2017
  • Nacogdoches, Texas

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Ellis Wayne "Buddy" Patterson was born May 19, 1944 in Camp Worth, Texas in San Augustine County to O. L. and Mattie Jewel Patterson. He married his sweetheart of 55 years, Carolyn Dean Patterson on June 1, 1962. He went to his Heavenly Home on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Buddy worked for NIBCO from 1962-2009 as a tool and die maker. He was an intelligent and brilliant man. He was a gifted teacher and minister who taught Sunday School since he was 18 years old, served as a youth leader for many years and pastored New Life Christian Fellowship for over 20 years.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was faithful and true in all of his roles, giving freely of his time to all. He loved being a pastor and loved the people. He spoke with great love and compassion when he preached and it was clear that he had a personal relationship with his God. Buddy enjoyed fishing, gardening, and playing and traveling with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, daughters, Angelia Morton and husband Dale of Nacogdoches and Deana Sheppard and husband Drew of Houston. He was Poppy to his grandchildren, Brett Morton and wife Amie of Tyler, Brittany Morton and fiancé Stephen Gruenwald of Tyler, Kaylin Sheppard of Houston and Liam Sheppard of Houston, and great granddaughter, Addison Morton of Tyler. Also, sisters Patsy Mims of Nacogdoches and Robbie Shiflet of Palestine, and numerous nieces and nephews and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Eloise Smallwood and Billie Pearce.

The Patterson family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude and love to their extended family at Garrison Nursing Home and Heart to Heart Hospice with special appreciation to the CNAs and nurses who cared for and loved him.

Pallbearers are Brett Morton, Dale Morton, Drew Sheppard, Stephen Gruenwald, Gregg Nichols, Clifton Boulware and Frankie Hamby.

There will be a private burial at Sunset Memorial Park followed by a memorial service on Tuesday, October 3 at 10:00 AM at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church of Nacogdoches, 320 NE Stallings Drive. Memorial contributions may be made to New Life Christian Fellowship or The Nacogdoches Treatment Center.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches, Texas.