Mr. Farrar Gilmore Patterson, age 68 of San Antonio, Texas was born April 11, 1950 to Mr. William Troy Patterson, Jr., and Ms. Henrietta Alice Farrar Patterson, in Raleigh, North Carolina, Wake County. He was the second child born to this union.
Farrar “Gilmore” was a graduate of Chantam High School, Siler City, NC, Class of 1968. In 1971 he entered the United States Air Force and retired as a Master Sergeant in 1995 after twenty-four years of honorable service as an Air Traffic Controller. He served tours in Juneau, AK, Okinawa, Japan, and Osan, Korea. His decorations included AF Commendation Medal, AF Overseas Long Tour Ribbon, AF Outstanding Unit Award, and Meritorious Service Medal.
Farrar enjoyed being around family and friends, sharing his life’s experiences with those he met. He enjoyed golfing and a good game of bid whist. He also had a love of music and sports (especially the Carolina Panthers). He traveled extensively and had a passion for cooking and cruising.
Farrar was a dedicated member of the Achievers of San Antonio (a nonprofit organization). He enjoyed feeding the less fortunate families during the holidays and donating to those in need. Farrar loved his family. He continually boosted about his grandchildren and possessed an unparalleled desire to spend time with them.
Farrar was preceded in death by his mother, Henrietta; father William; step father James Russell and his son Farrar Gilmore Patterson II.
He is survived by his devoted wife of twenty years, Lawonda Ghant Patterson of San Antonio, TX ,and his six children: Cyntria (Will), Josiah (Yamelis), Felicia, Ashley (Brandon), Melanie and Taylor (Jeff). Ten grandchildren: Amber, LaDarrius, Jessica, Jerin, Tyler, Lylah, Noah, William (Deuce), MyKai and Aubree. Two Greatgrandchildren: Peyton and Irie. Three Godchildren: Sommer Barnes, Erin Brown, and Jasmine Adams. His brother, William (Hélène) of Las Vegas, NV. His Aunt, Hannah Patterson of Raleigh, NC; and his many nieces, nephews, and cousins of the Alston, Emerson ,Farrar, Marsh, and Patterson families.
He leaves to cherish his memory special friends Norman and Brenda Matthews of Magnolia, DE; Al Bailey and Veronica Quarles of Meridian, MS; Charlie and Gloria Adams of Panama City, FL. His extended family, The Browns of Biloxi, MS; and a host of loving friends around the country.