Thomas Patterson, son of Rosa Lee Patterson and Arthur Herrington, was born April 11, 1939 in Rembert, and departed this earthly life on Monday, August 29, 2022 at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter. Tom attended the public schools of Sumter County. He later moved to New York City where he met and married Georgiann Vereen, who preceded him in death. Several years later he met and married Elsie Ford. They have been together 42 years. Tom worked for 30 years at Fleischer Frame in New York City. After retiring, he moved back to South Carolina and joined the Union Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Willie Dennis, where he sang on the Gospel Chorus. He was also elected a Trustee and served until his health started failing. He left to cherish his memories: his loving wife, Elsie; four sons, Floyd (Donna) of Gaffney, Adrian (Glynese) of Bronx, N. Y., Thomas of East Orange, N. J., Dwayne of Brooklyn, N. Y.; two daughters, Gretta Knight (Bruce),and Rachel Rooks; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; three sisters, Katherine Thomas of Camden, Patricia of Brooklyn, N. Y., Mary of Queens, N. Y.; three brothers, Donald (Sylvia) of Rochester, N. Y., David (Ellen) of Rembert, James (Shirley) of Queens, N. Y.; one brother-in-law, Willie Ford (Elizabeth) of New York City, N. Y.; two sisters-in-law, Juanita Green and Lucille Ronsby, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In accordance with the COVID-19 guidelines, the family is requesting that face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during visitations from 1:00 – 4:00 p. m. at the home. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at Union Baptist Church, 5840 Spring Hill Road, Rembert, with the Rev. Walter Roberson III, pastor, Rev. Marion O. Bennett, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Lugoff, eulogist.. The procession will leave the home at 10:20 a. m. Burial will be in the Union Baptist Church Yard Cemetery.
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