Charles N. Patterson

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
July 1, 1909, Page 1
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C. N. Patterson Dead.
Well Known and Popular Man.
Apparently Strong Constitution Gives Way Under Three Months’ Violent Illness.

Mr. Charles Patterson died last Sunday morning, at the St. Joseph Infirmary, in Atlanta.

Mr. Patterson had gone to Atlanta, on the advice of his physician, Dr. Johnson, of that city, to have an operation performed by Dr. Willis Westmoreland.  The operation was performed successfully but revealed a condition that it was thought very doubtful whether he could overcome or not.  His malady was proven to be cancer of the stomach and only the most favorable turn for the better would give hope for his recovery.  His case was watched with care and interest with no change for the better appearing and he passed away at the time stated.  The operation was performed the Tuesday before his death.  Mrs. Patterson accompanied him to Atlanta and was with him when he died.  His sister, Mrs. Colbert, and his two sons, Troy and Frank, went down Sunday morning to see him, but a telegram came to the city announcing his death while they were on their way.

Mr. Patterson’s health has been giving way for something like two years but his symptoms took no turn such as to create special concern until about three months ago, when he began to lose flesh rapidly and grow weak.  Then physicians were called in and his case diagnosed as ulceration or probably cancer of the stomach. Thus followed the heroic treatment embodied in an operation.

Mr. Patterson’s death has been the source of the deepest grief in Cartersville, for he numbered his friends by the hundred.  Not only was he popular with his home people but he was popular in the towns and sections where he had traveled for years and among the many traveling men he numbered as his acquaintances.

No man possessed a more genial nature and his cheerful happy manner carried sunshine around with him wherever he went.  He was ever ready to do a kind or charitable act or do something to make his fellowman feel better.

Charles Patterson was born and reared in Bartow county, being a son of Mr. John Patterson, of Stilesboro, a sturdy circumspect citizen of the county, who died about the breaking out of the civil war.  His first business experience was in Rome, where he held a number of important and lucrative positions.  He was one of the leading salesmen for some time in the large dry goods establishment of Camp, Glover & Co.  Twelve years of his life were spent in Rome.

Nineteen years ago he married Miss Kate Mann, of Wetumpka, Alabama, a most amiable and refined lady, who with two sons, Troy and Frank, survive him.  His home for twenty two years has been in Cartersville.  He has been traveling for a number of the best commercial houses for about all of this time.  At the time of his death he represented the Rome Pants Co.  He was a member of the Methodist church and did many worthy Christian acts.  He was a very popular member of the Knights of Pythias order, of this city, and also a member of the Elks order.

Mr. Patterson was a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee when the Hoke Smith forces controlled the party.

Surviving him besides his wife and sons, are one brother, Robert Patterson, and one sister, Mrs. Colbert.

The funeral took place from the home at 3:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon and there was one of the largest attendances ever seen at a funeral in Cartersville, which well attested his popularity among his home people.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Mays, of the Sam Jones Memorial church, Rev. W. P. Lovejoy, presiding elder of the Dalton district, M. E. Church, and Rev. George Duval, pastor of the Methodist church at Decatur.  Mr. Duval was one of Mr. Patterson’s warmest friends. These gentlemen all paid fitting tributes to the life of Mr. Patterson and spoke especially of his sunny disposition and big, noble heart.

The floral offerings were many and handsome.  Among those most worthy of mention were beautiful wreaths from the Knights of Pythias order, from the Elks order, embodying the Elks colors, purple and gold, and from the Travelers’ Prospective Association of Georgia.

Telegrams of condolence came to Mrs. Patterson from many quarters and among them was one from the retiring governor of Georgia, Hon. Hoke Smith, who referred to him a as “My dear friend.”

The following gentlemen acted as pall bearers: W. W. Daves, J. E. Field, L. W. Reeves, W. R. Satterfield, Thomas Lumpkin and J. H. Wikle.

The interment was at Oak Hill.

The Rome Tribune says:
The death of Charlie Patterson, as he was known in Rome, will be sad news to his host of friends in and around, who knew him when he was a resident of this city many years ago, and always welcomed his cordial greeting on his occasional visits.

He was a strong, healthy man up to a few months ago, when he was stricken with that dread disease of cancer of the stomach.  Since that time his health has failed rapidly, until the end came on Sunday. While in Rome he was in the dry goods business, was very popular with all classes of people, and was well known in society.


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