John Anthony Patton, 67, of Dunlap passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Laurelbrook Nursing Home in Dayton, TN. Anthony was born February 26, 1947 in Grundy County. He was preceded in death just 2 years ago by his beloved wife of 47 years, Brenda.
Anthony was the proud son of Earl and Edna Patton of Dunlap.
He is survived by his family; daughter, Angel Patton (Karol Woodward) Chattanooga, sons, Mark Patton (Kirby Riggs) Knoxville, Michael Patton (Cheryl Patton) Dunlap, and Tammy Peterson, mother of his cherished granddaughters, Brook, Katie and Aliaha Peterson, Kaylee Patton, his first grandchild and mother of his great-grandson, Maddox, all of whom he was very proud. He is also survived by his loving and devoted brother, Gary (Peggy) Patton, and much loved sister, Sharon Douglas, both of Dunlap, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends, Anthony was well loved by all who knew him. Anthony will be remembered as a kind and generous person.
As a young man he had a passion for coal mining along with a desire to spend time out at his fathers side. He chose to leave school after the 10th grade and further his education in life by learning from his father, Earl, the business and craft of coal mining. Through natural instincts, passion, hard work and a generous spirit, he became a very successful coal mining company business owner. He was well loved and respected by his employees whom he always considered friends and co-workers. To work for Patton Mining Company was not to work “for” Anthony, but to work “With” him. Surrounded by trusted friends with shared passions and skills for coal mining, a thriving business was built and flourished throughout the mid 80’s.
During the good times when money was plentiful, Anthony was a very generous and selfless member of his community. He supported the Lions Club, Rescue Squad, fire and Sheriffs Dept. and also donated generously and faithfully to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital and Siskins Hospital. Also slow-pitch softball became a family passion and a huge source of his joy for many years, Some of his greatest moments of peace and laughter came from the years where softball fields, green grass and the warm sun shining on small faces turned into a labor of love and giving where no words were necessary.
He also enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, fast cars and good old gospel music. Throughout the high times and the low, he was always just “Anthony”.
Family and friends joined together in tribute and remembrance of Anthony’s life at Ewton Funeral Home Tuesday. Funeral services will be at 12 noon on Wednesday, February 18. Anthony will be laid to rest at Sequatchie County Memorial Gardens alongside his loving wife, Brenda, the mother of his children and the love of his life.
No monetary donations will be accepted by the family, instead, please freely give your love, support and prayers for Anthony and for those who love him.