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December 20, 1934 - December 9, 2017
Lyndon Pete Patterson, 82, of Brookston passed away Saturday morning December 9, 2017 at the Honey Grove Nursing Center. Services are scheduled for Tuesday December 12th at Oak Park United Methodist Church in Paris at 11:00 A.M.. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Family will receive friends prior to the service at 10:00 A.M.Tuesday till service time.
Pete was born December 20, 1934 in the Brookston community to Sherman Alvie and Opal Oakleaf Patterson and spent most of his life living within a few miles of his birth place.
On November 16th, 1952 he married the love of his life, Doris Adlene Bell, building 65 years of loving and caring for each other.
He was a rancher, realtor and former state representative. His political career began in 1972 when he was elected Lamar county commissioner. In 1976 he was elected to serve in the Texas House of Representatives and continued to serve in that capacity until 1999. He was the democratic nominee for Texas Ag Commissioner in 2000 and was defeated in the general election by Susan Combs. Pete liked to say that he served in the legislature during a good period in Texas politics, when there was bipartisan cooperation among the elected officials. He made many special friends over the years, not only in his district but all over the state as well. He specifically worked to help rural Texas and agribusiness, serving as Chairman of the House Ag Committee for years.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Billy Joe Patterson and Wilbert Patterson, and sister Faye Patterson Harris, as well as his daughter, Deborah Liesman.
He is survived by his loving wife of the home, sons, Lynn Patterson and wife Marvin Ann of Brookston, Gary Patterson of Brookston and Darrell Patterson and wife Tresia of Paris. Also, surviving are brothers Weldon Patterson of Temple, Ted White of Longview and sister Ann Brockway of Paris; grandchildren, Matt Patterson, Kyle Patterson, Chad Liesman, Rebecca Liesman, Taylor Smith and Logen Ashford as well as several great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pete was a lifelong member of Oak Park United Methodist Church in Paris, the Kiwanis Club of Paris and numerous other civic organizations. In lieu of flowers the family encourages friends to send memorials to Oak Park United Methodist Church or a charity of their choice in his honor.
Serving as pallbearers are Matt Patterson, Kyle Patterson, Chad Liesman, Rusty Lowe, Pat Bassano and Carl Steffey.
Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home- Paris
730 Clarksville Street