James Wallace Patton

Born: Thu., Sep. 7, 1922
Died: Tue., May 15, 2007

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James Wallace Patton, 84, of Greensboro, GA, died on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at Hill Haven Nursing Home in Commerce, GA. Wallace was born in Greensboro, GA on September 7, 1922, the son of the late Marion O. Patton, Sr. and Lucy Cox Patton. He graduated from Greensboro High School in 1940. On October 17, 1942, Wallace enlisted in the Army Air Corps at Fort McPherson and was sent to Marianna, FL where he was assigned to the Control Tower Advanced Single Engine School. In 1944 he finished gunnery school at Fort Myers, FL and was assigned to a Night Fighter Crew on P61 Black Widow. He completed navigation school at Van Nyes, CA and then finished as a remote turret controller. He later left New York on a flight to China, Burma and India where he joined the 426 Nighter Squadron which was part of the 20th Air Corps. After serving in China, Burma and India he was discharged on January 16, 1946. On April 1, 1946 he joined J. H. McCommons Co. where he was the manager of the grocery department. In 1950 he received his license as a funeral director from Gupton Jones Embalming School and continued to work at McCommons Funeral Home for sixty-one years.

Wallace was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Greensboro since boyhood, serving as deacon, secretary-treasurer of Hamp''s Sunday School Class for thirty-six years and chairman of the Property Committee since 1989 overseeing all of the repairs and renovations. He was the first one at the church at all services and the last one to leave taking care of the heat, air conditioning and locking up. As a member of the VFW Post 4259 he served as Quarter Master for over fifty-one years. He was also secretary for the San Marino Lodge #34 for forty-six years the second longest active term in the state of Georgia. He had a love for gardening and enjoyed camping in the mountains.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth McDonald Patton in 2001. He is survived by a daughter, Debbie Sue Patton Brice and husband Sam of Commerce, GA; two grandchildren, Kim Fuller of Duluth, GA and James Fuller of Athens, GA; a brother, Roger G. Patton of Vacaville, CA; his faithful dog companion, Abby; and a host of other relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Greensboro with the Rev. Michael Hardy officiating. Interment will follow at Greensboro City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Robert Simpson, Jimmy Wheeler, Johnny Lewis, Fred Moon, Pep Stone, Sidney Bryson and Chris Houston. Honorary pallbearers are members of the San Marino Lodge, Hamp''s Sunday School Class, Mike Vinson, Jim Cox, Hamilton Coronet, the staff of McCommons Funeral Home, Steve McCommons, Billy McCommons, Curtis Whitaker, Richard Smith, Wynn Copelan, Milton Meadows, Dede Smith and Trudy McCommons. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday night at the funeral home. The family requests that any memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 203 S. Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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   Posted Tue May 15, 2007

Kelley Channell
   Posted Tue May 15, 2007
I hope to live half the life that he has lived. He was such a joy to all he encountered. I never saw him that he did not speak of Debbie, and he always wore a smile when he talked about her.

Kent and Melinda Walker
   Posted Wed May 16, 2007
Debbie, The picture of Wallace is just as if he is looking at you. I know how much you will miss him. I will, too! I've always taken pride in all of us being family. Will see you soon! Love, Melinda and Kent

The Staff of Perry Funeral Chapel
   Posted Wed May 16, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hold onto the memories that you have and no one can ever take them away.

Brenda McGee
   Posted Wed May 16, 2007
Debbie, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care of yourself and just remember all the good times. I am here if you need me. Brenda

Melissa Sauer
   Posted Wed May 16, 2007
What a wonderful, christian man!I will miss his 'watchful' eyes and helpful advice and wisdom.

Rex and Sandra Dauler
   Posted Wed May 16, 2007
We would like to express our sincerest condolences for your loss. Mr. Wallace was a special man and we enjoyed having him as a friend. God Bless and Keep Each of You!

Bill Crawford
   Posted Wed May 16, 2007
My sympathies, condolences, thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Wallace's work, pride and friendship will continue to be seen and remembered for many years to come.

Eschol and Judy Graham
   Posted Thu May 17, 2007
Debbie, Your Daddy will be missed by everyone. He was a great man and I have many memories from growing up across the street. We all loved Mr. Wallace!

   Posted Thu May 17, 2007

Rick Ward
   Posted Fri May 18, 2007
Wallace was a true friend to all who knew him and was a model for all in his service to his family, his church, his brotherhood, and his employment. I will miss him. "Well done good and faithful servant."

Carolyn (Bryan) Taylor
   Posted Fri May 18, 2007
So sorry to read of Mr. Wallace's passing. He was a friend to all. God Bless You! Love, Carolyn Taylor

   Posted Wed June 06, 2007
im so sorry my prayers are with you. im one of Kim old school friends. valerie(davis)miller

Danny Pitts
   Posted Wed June 20, 2012
Sorry I took so long, thanks for the many memories.