The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 1, 2014

Paul E. Patton Jr.

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Paul Eugene Patton, Jr., age 62, Carl Junction, passed away at 8:18 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at his home after a sudden illness.

Paul was born Nov. 18, 1951, in Webb City, Mo., to the late Paul E. Patton, Sr. and Ella Beatrice Stephen Patton and had lived in the Joplin area most of his life.

Paul was a veteran of the United States Air Force and retired after 21 years of service. He was awarded several medals and citations, including the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. Paul worked at Coca-Cola for 20 years as a service technician. There was nothing he could not fix or do.  He made many lasting friendships over the years and will be missed by all that worked alongside of him.

In his spare time, Paul enjoyed spending time with his family and fishing. Some of his fondest memories were spent with his grandchildren while on the water.

He married Julie Churchill on April 22, 1972, in Joplin. She survives at the home.

Additional survivors include two sons, Brent Patton and his wife, Lisa, Carthage, Eric Patton and his wife, Laura, Bend, Ore.; grandchildren, Autumn, Sierra, Clinton, Zach, Kayla; and siblings, Perry Patton, Joplin, Preston Patton, Carl Junction, Ella Marbut, Elizabeth Mitchell and Eugenia  Lemmons, all of Joplin. In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by three brothers, Phillip, Pete and Patrick.

Memorial services are planned for Sunday at 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church.  Rev. Brad Graves will officiate. The family will receive friends following the services at the church. Full military honors will be provided at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, in care of Parker Mortuary.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

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