Stafford Allen Patterson, 88, died Friday, May 29, 2009. He had served in the Army in World War II where he received a battlefield commission in the European Theatre and left as a 1st Lt. at the end of the war. Awards were the Bronze Star, with Valor, and Purple Heart. He retired from J. P. Taylor Tobacco Company with 38 years of employment. The funeral will take place 11:00 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Rebecca (Becky) Johnson Patterson; brother, Joseph D. Patterson of Smithfield; and several nieces and nephews. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 1423, Wilson, NC 27894. Wilson Memorial Service, (252) 237-7171, Tags: 1942

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