Horace Patton Jr.

Jan. 11, 1939 – June 29, 2008

Horace Preston Patton Jr, 69, of Sweet Home died June 29, 2008.

He was born Jan. 11, 1939, in DeValls Bluff, Ark., to Horace Preston Sr. and Bessie Victoria (Alexander) Patton. He was raised in the DeValls Bluff area of Arkansas before joining the Navy and serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

He served on supply ships and destroyers from Nov. 2, 1959 to Oct. 16, 1964. He was a Boatswain Mate 3rd Class.

Mr. Patton moved to Sweet Home in 1968. He worked in sawmills while raising six children. He loved working with wood, agates, yard work, hunting, and especially camping with his whole family.

Mr. Patton is survived by his wife Betty Lois of Sweet Home, children Ronald Preston Patton of Seabeck, Wash., Tracie Lynn Arnold of Stayton, Denise Lois Sellers of Silverdale, Wash., Bruce Patton of Sweet Home, Gregory Alan Patton of Sweet Home, and Gordon Eugene of Sweet Home; brothers George Samual Patton of Portland, Thomas Everett Patton of Albany, John Paul Patton of Sweet Home and Mike Alvin Patton of Brinkley, Ark.; sisters Ruby Todd of DeValls Bluff, Ark. and Clara Sue Dooley of DeValls Bluff, Ark.; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, with a fourth on the way.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bessie Victoria Alexander in 2000; father, Horace Preston Patton Sr. in 2000; sisters, Annie Pearl Sparks and Bessie Mae Henthorne; and grandson Ronald James Arnold in 1979.

A memorial service is planned at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 10, at First Baptist Church in Sweet Home.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.