March 30, 2013

Jeanette Barker Patterson

Jeanette Barker Patterson, 81, of Johnson City, Tenn., passed away at home on March 27, 2013, after a brave and determined fight against cancer. She faced her illness and death with humor, grace and dignity.

Jeanette was born on Jan. 20, 1932, in Bristol, Va., to Beulah and Joseph Barker. She graduated from Virginia High School in 1950 and from Virginia Intermont College in 1952.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, W.R. (Bill) Patterson. Bill and Jeanette were married on Dec. 4, 1954, in Bristol, Va. Born from their marriage were six children, a son who died at birth and five surviving children, daughter, Trish Patterson and husband Michael Scalf, daughter, Judy Patterson King, daughter Lee Patterson and Tony Seaton, daughter, Katherine Patterson and Rob Fink, all of Johnson City, and son W.R. (Billy) Patterson Jr. and wife Christi Thomas Patterson of Hattiesburg, Miss. She is also survived by eight wonderful grandchildren, of whom she was immensely proud, Andrew Scalf, Anna Katherine Scalf, Allie Scalf, Ian Herrin, William Patterson (Pat) Herrin, Grace Herrin, Sims Patterson and W.R. (Rad) Patterson III; great-grandson Roman, as well as sisters Patsy Struder of Knoxville, Tenn., and Carol LaShorne of Fort Pierce, Fla.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her sister, Delores Hagy; her brother, Charles Barker and her son-in-law, Sonny King.

Jeanette had a strong Christian faith which helped sustain her throughout her life. She was raised in the Baptist Church but joined the Methodist Church as an adult. She was a member of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church at the time of her death. Bill and Jeanette were charter members of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City.

Jeanette had a wonderful sense of humor and the gift of never taking herself too seriously. No matter the topic of conversation, she would have a story to tell. She had the ability to make the mundane fun and funny.

She loved her flowers and loved to garden. She was an excellent cook and could make a delicious meal, big enough to feed friends and family, in a matter of minutes. Jeanette had a creative spirit, loved to decorate and create beauty.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother who spent countless hours behind the wheel of her station wagon driving her children and grandchildren to lessons and performances. Her husband was the love of her life and her children and grandchildren were her life’s work.

Our family expresses deep gratitude to caregiver and friend Violet Ochoa, nurse Whitney Cook, Dr. Devapiran Jaishankar, and the staff of The Regional Cancer center, including Mary Jones.

We will honor Jeanette’s life with visitation and a Celebration of Life Service on Sunday, April 7, in the Christian Life Center of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Lester officiating. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. with the memorial service to follow at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the Patterson family at

Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Patterson family; (423) 282-1521.


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