The Obit For Bill Patton

William Patton

Published in Bristol Herald Courier on January 25, 2012

William Andrew "Bill" Patton, age 84, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 22, 2012. At his death, he was surrounded by his loving wife, four children, two grandson, son-in-law and daughter-in-law and special friend and caregiver.

He was an avid sportsman, enjoying both hunting and fishing. He was a star basketball and baseball player for Clinchco High School. He played baseball for numerous coalfield baseball teams and signed to play professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals of the National League and played for two years for their Lynchburg minor league team as a first baseman and outfielder.

He was a coal miner with Pittston Coal Company for 47 years and was proud member of the United Mine Workers of America; he was especially proud of his work with former Virginia Senator Dr. John C. Buchanan in drafting Virginia's Black Lung Law.

He was a proud life-long Democrat and served over 10 years as chairman of the Dickenson County Democrat Party; he served 16 years on the Board of Supervisors representing the Ervinton District; and served 12 years as Ervinton Distirct School Board Member.

He had a special love for the people of the Ervinton District and was honored to serve them. He worked long and hard, not only for the students, but also for teachers, support staff and bus drivers.

He was especially proud of the Dickenson County Career Center and the excellent work of Mr. Baker and his staff. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps at the end of World War II; was a member of the American Legion and the honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels; he served as a member of UMWA COMPAC and was a UMWA lobbyist both in Richmond and Washington D.C. as well as serving on numerous committees.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Ray and Edna Stewart Patton; two sisters, Jurl Ann Everett and Sheila Kaye Counts.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Janice Hay Patton; four children, Pamela Mullins of Lebanon, Va., Ginger P. Patton of Clinchco, William "Kim" and wife, Lagwenna, of Clinchco, Myra Lynne Taylor and husband, Leonard "Bugs" Taylor, of Nickelsville, Va.; five grandchildren, Angela Paige and husband, Tony Mullins, of Lebanon, Krystal Dawn Mullins of Lebanon, Brandi Lynne and husband, Eric Cooper, of Mayslick, Ky., Lucien James Patton and Caleb Andrew Patton of Clinchco; six great-grandchildren, Ashley Morgan Mullins, Madison Paige Mullins, Jackson Mullins and Isabella Mullins all of Lebanon; Colby Lane Cooper and Katy Lynne Cooper of Mayslick.

He is also survived by a sister, Joan and her husband, Gene Ricketts, of Manassas and several special nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with funeral and song service to follow at Mullins Funeral Home Chapel with Clergymen A.L. Yates officiating.

The family request friends to meet them at the Ambrose Wilson and Willard Hay Cemetery for a graveside service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.

Pallbearers will be Brian Baker, Frank Chidress, Christopher Gortney, Patrick Artrip, Tony Mullins and Donnie Turner. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. N.C. Ratliff, Cecil Roberts, James Gibbs, Kelly Sparks, Ivory Steffey, Jimmy Smith, Damon Rasnick, Lester Moore, Dr. Lurton Lyle, Victor Mullins, Darrell Silcox, Gary Dingus, William "Bill" Perry and Jim O'Quinn.

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. N. C. Ratliffe for the compassionate care and friendship he has provided; thanks to Dickenson Home Health, especially Nan Edwards, Christy Artrip and Karen O'Quinn.

Special thanks also to Mercy Ambulance Service and Dickenson County Ambulance Service.

A very special thank you is given to his loving caregivers Lisa McCoy and Debbie Mullins and to our special friend Mildred Deel.

Mullins Funeral Home and Staff are serving the Patton Family.