Charles David Patterson, Jr. passed away Saturday morning February 29, 2020, at his home. David was born in Forsyth County, on July 28, 1937to the late Charles David Patterson, Sr. and Audrey Snyder Patterson. He was an active member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church and retired from C.D Patterson company with 35 years of service, which he owned and operated. David was past Chairman of the Board of the Griffith Volunteer Fire Department. He had his private pilot license and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. David was also one of the original founders of the Youth Soccer League of the Winston-Salem Optimist Club. HE LOVED HIS FAMILY AND HIS CHURCH GREATLY. He is survived by his wife Marilynn Black Patterson, son Charles David Patterson 111; daughter Sue Patterson Ayes and husband Ron; brother William “Bill” Patterson and his wife Libby; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 1, 2020, at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church with Dr. Mary Miller officiating. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service, in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church Graveyard Fund, 4265 Ebert Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27127.
David Patterson is an important part of the history of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church. He is a direct descendant of Rev. Jacob Patterson, who was the first pastor of the newly commissioned church in 1893. The family donated the acre of land for the Graveyard. The Faw family donated the land the church occupies. David served as chairman of the Graveyard Committee. Trustees, Church Council, and has been an active overseer of the Saints of Mt. Carmel entrusted to their care.
“David loved his family and his church greatly” is the most descriptive statement from his obituary. Much of the rest is an understatement of his far-reaching, well-traveled life. David the man who I knew, always greeted you with a gentle man’s smile and warmth that won him, friends, near and far. He was a leader who followed the pattern of Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior. It was a pleasure to serve with him on the Board of Trustees. He accomplished many things during the three years. Most outstanding was leading a committee to put a steeple on the church. His nephew Joseph “Joey” Chucci had envisioned and drew pictures of it. It was to be a memorial to Joey, who died much too soon with cancer. His committee raised $40,000, commissioned a company that was on the verge of bankruptcy, and it sets as a beacon to those who will follow the risen savior, Jesus Christ today.
David didn’t say much about his business of 35 years. Evidently it was very successful with a reputation that reached beyond Winston-Salem. He was proud to have served Jackie Kennedy when she needed some fabric for the white house. He carried a business card that said, “If you meet David Patterson and forget him, you are no worse off. But if you miss Jesus Christ, you have missed it all. If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you”?
Many attended his celebration of life, the church was at a capacity of 375. Many could have eulogized David. They could have shared stories of his random acts of kindness, the fun and happy times, but most of all the love they shared with him and his lovely wife Marilynn. God seemingly matched and blessed them. They were gracious and were examples of southern hospitality. Wherever they traveled, on Sunday morning, they attended a church to worship. The service would have gone on for hours. But instead, Dr. Mary Miller stayed within the short celebration of life outlined by David and his family. He remained humble, although he was a great man of God.
There was no mention of the time nearly thirty years ago when David experienced a near-fatal heart attack. Some say it was a miracle that he survived. He and Marilynn decided to return to Mt. Carmel after a period of recovery. God has blessed the Mt. Carmel congregation with David and Marilynn Patterson. Mt. Carmel’s best tribute to David will be to keep the faith and witness the love and salvation of Jesus Christ so none will Parrish.
His Celebration of Life was punctuated by Handel’s Halleluiah Chorus. Pastor Mary invited the celebrants to applaud his well-lived life. And applause filled the sanctuary.
There was a poem given “In Memory”, no author was given, it could have been written by David.
Miss Me---But Let Me Go When I come to end of the road And the sun has set for me I want no rites in a gloom filled room Why cry for a soul set free? Miss Me a Little--- But Not too Long And not with your head bowed low Remember the love that we once shared Miss Me---But Let Me Go. For this a journey we all must take And each must go alone It's all a part of the Master's Plan A step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick of heart Go to the friends we know And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds Miss Me---But Let Me Go And God said, ”Well done good and faithful servant”.
Composed by: Judy Newberry, church historian March 5, 2020