Published August 14th, 2013 9:54 pm
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Thomas O’Brien Patton Sr., 83, Johnson City, Washington Co,
TN, died unexpectedly Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at his
Tom was a native of Burlington, NC, was raised in Macon, GA,
and formerly resided in Atlanta, GA, while attending the
Georgia Institute of Technology, prior to moving to Johnson
City in 1952.
He was a son of the late William Herman and Cora Wheeler
Tom received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Georgia
Tech in 1952, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha
Fraternity, the R.O.T.C. and Pi Tau Sigma National Honorary
Mechanical Engineering Fraternity.
Upon graduation, he was licensed by the State Board of
Architecture and Engineering Examiners, and was employed
by Eastman Kodak Company, where he worked from 1952 until
his retirement in 1994. While with Eastman Kodak, Tom was
head of Machine Design, during which time the 3-D camera
He was a member of First United Methodist Church of
Johnson City since 1968, where he was past Treasurer, a
former member of the Asbury Sunday School Class, and was
instrumental in refitting the pipe organ into the Chancel area
of the Sanctuary.
Tom was a very involved member of the Johnson City Power
Squadron and received the Life Membership Award for his
many years of teaching classes on nautical navigation using
He had a quiet, gentle manner and exemplified true Christian
servitude by giving without expectations. Tom received the
Holston Habitat for Humanity Outstanding Volunteer Award,
and was committed to delivering Meals on Wheels.
He devoted his life to helping develop the interests and goals of
his children and grandchildren by sharing his knowledge of
academics and sports. Tom was an avid sports fan of Georgia
Tech, The Atlanta Braves, Science Hill Hilltoppers and every
team in which his grandchildren were participants.
He was a very loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Tom is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ann Luntsford Patton;
three children, Susan Fortune and husband James 'Butch',
Johnson City, TN, Trish Archer and husband Bill, Newnan,
GA, and T. O. Patton Jr. and fiancée Sandra Cook, Johnson
City, TN; his brother, William Patton, Idaho Falls, ID; five
grandchildren, Lyndl and Rob Fortune, and Obie, Sarah and
Natalie Patton, all of Johnson City, TN; several nieces and
Tom was a very humble and selfless gentleman throughout his
life. In keeping with these values, he chose to donate his body
to the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, ETSU.
The family will receive friends Friday, August 16, 2013, prior to
the service from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., in the Parlor of the church.
A Celebration of Tom’s life will be held Friday, August 16,
2013, at 7 p.m., in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist
Church, with Rev. Jane Taylor and Rev. Garland Thayer
Those who prefer to make memorial contributions may do so to
First United Methodist Church Restoration Fund, 900 Spring
St., Johnson City, TN 37605, or the Washington County
Johnson City Animal Control Center, 525 Sells Ave., Johnson
City, TN 37604.
Memories and condolences may be shared at
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800
E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Patton family.