Lewis Harold Patten

Published 8:31am Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lewis Harold Patten, 88, was born in Tallapoosa County on Sept. 12, 1925, and died July 19, 2014, in Birmingham where he was currently a resident.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Roy Patten and Irene Thomas Patten and a brother, Thomas Patten, all of Jackson’s Gap.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Christine Harris Patten of Birmingham; a daughter, Janis Nichol (Vic) of Birmingham; a son, Lewis H. (Pat) Patten of Tuscaloosa; brothers, Jack. D. Patten of Dadeville and William C. (Jean) Patten of Montgomery; grandchildren, Andrew V. Nichol and Michael P. Nichol, both of Birmingham; and a granddaughter, Jessica Leigh Cook of Phenix City.

He graduated from Auburn University (then API) in 1953 and then moved to Wetumpka where he worked for the Elmore County Extension Service and later for Foremost Dairies in Montgomery.

In 1965 he began his employment with the Farm Credit System, serving in various capacities for this organization until his retirement in 1983.

He was employed by the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank of New Orleans in 1965 and moved to New Orleans in 1969 to assume the position of Assistant Vice President for that organization.

Later returning to Montgomery, he served as state supervisor for the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank for Alabama.

In 1975 he moved to Dothan to assume the presidency of the Federal Land Bank of Dothan where he served until his retirement.

In 1993 he moved back to Montgomery to enjoy retirement and moved to Birmingham in 2007.

In WWII he served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Lexington aircraft carrier.

He was a deacon in the Baptist church, having been ordained at Jackson’s Gap Baptist Church and serving in the churches he attended in the communities in which he subsequently lived.

He was a current member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church.

Always active in civic and community affairs, he was a member of the Lions Club in Wetumpka and served as president of the Houston County Kiwanis Club in Dothan.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. July 23 at the Briarwood Presbyterian Church Chapel in Birmingham.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. followed by the service before concluding with the graveside service at Southern Heritage Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Jackson’s Gap Baptist Church, 23 E. Church St., Jackson’s Gap, AL or to the Salvation Army Birmingham Corps, 2100 11th Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35234.

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