Dr. W. H. Patterson

The News
Cartersville, Georgia
April 19, 1901, Page 1
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History of His Life By His Home Paper.

Eufaula (Ala) Times.

After suffering two weeks with pneumonia, Rev. W. H. Patterson died last night, eleven o’clock, at his home on the hill, surrounded by his loved ones who have watched so anxiously and ministered so lovingly to his wants.  All that medical skill could devise was done to relieve his suffering and restore him, but his labors had been so worthy the Master’s hire and he had so “kept faith” that the crown was ready and waiting, and the messenger from the mansions above came and whispered “Well done, enter thou.”  Abundant and rich is the reward he receives “up there.”

Dr. Patterson was born in Dooley County, Georgia, Oct. 9th 1836, but was reared in Hancock county, and was a resident of Eufaula more than thirty-five years.  Was president of Union Female College many years, and many women in this city today are saddened that the kind gentle counselor, teacher and friend of their girlhood days is no more, the writer, on of this number.

He was true in all the word implies, and faithful to everything.  An intellect that scholarly investigation of all subjects broadened, and brought out in their higher sense, made him a man whose life benefited his fellow creatures, in ways, which, although not always seen, really counts most.  For thirty years he has been an earnest consecrated minister of the gospel.

Was pastor at Midway, Ala., 11 years, Dawson, Ga., 5 Cartersville, Ga., 4 years, Blakely, Ga., and neighboring churches, being pastor of the latter named church at the time of his death.  He was called home from his labors there to attend the funeral of his little grandson, little more than two weeks ago, was suffering with a cold then and very soon was prostrated.  From the first he has been dangerously ill and no more anxiety and solitude over the condition of a citizen has ever been manifested in any community, and while his death was expected, the news this morning that the end had come has cast a gloom over our city, where he was so highly esteemed and so much loved.

He leaves a devoted wife and two sons, Messrs. F. M. Patterson of this city and W. R. Patterson, of Greensboro, N. C., and deep and sincere is the sympathy which goes out to them in their affliction.  The funeral takes place this afternoon at three o’clock from the First Baptist church of which he was so long a member and from which pulpit his voice has often been heard, telling the way of “the true life.”  The pall bearers will be Messrs. E. B. Young, S. H. Dent, C. C. Skillman, G. L. Comer, J. D. Godwin, O. T. Moore and C. A. Locke.


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