Johnathan Otis Patterson

johnathan patterson

February 23, 1975 ~ September 5, 2023

Born in: Pinehurst, NC
Resided in: Lillington, NC

Johnathan “John” Otis Patterson, age 48, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at his home in Lillington surrounded by his family.

John was born in Moore County, the son of Otis R. Patterson and the late Leona Bullard Patterson. He grew up in Carthage and graduated from Union Pines High School where he enjoyed competing in track and field and football. John was inducted into the “Class of 2011 Union Pines High School Athletic Hall of Fame.” A member of the Boy Scouts of America – Troop 582, he earned his Eagle Scout Award in February 1997. John graduated from NC State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agri-Business and a minor in Economics. He won the 35lb weight throw at the 1997 ACC Indoor Championships, setting a new ACC record and held it for two years. In 1996-97, he was named NC State’s Most Valuable Player for Men’s Indoor Track. Coach T. Wood once said, “He was a great leader and scored numerous times at the ACCs for NC State.” After graduation, John went on to work with Farm Credit for 25 years, where he continued to advance to his current position as “Lending Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer.”

John was dedicated to his family, especially to his wife and daughter. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. He also loved spending time at the beach, golfing, listening to bluegrass music, and making homemade ice cream. People enjoyed being around John because he always made them smile. Everyone who knew him loved his sense of humor and wit. He was a genuine friend to everyone he met, and was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. John was an active member of Spring Hill United Methodist Church where he served as Chair of the Finance Committee and Church Council for multiple years.

John is survived by his wife of 20 years, Georgia Lee Hamilton Patterson and daughter, Leah Grace Patterson, of the home; father, Otis Patterson; sister, Rayona Patterson Cash and husband Charles of Carthage; niece, Carissa Girton (Nathan) and nephew, Zachary Cash (Laine Gerber).

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at Spring Hill United Methodist Church in Lillington and other times at the home. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM Thursday, September 7 at the church with Rev. Dr. Bobby Rackley and Pastor Amanda Rackley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.



Visitation: September 6, 2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Spring Hill United Methodist Church
1960 Spring Hill Church Rd
Lillington, NC 27546

(910) 893-4723

Funeral Service: September 7, 2023 3:00 pm

Spring Hill United Methodist Church
1960 Spring Hill Church Rd
Lillington, NC 27546

(910) 893-4723

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  1. I am so very sorry for your loss! My heart grieves with you all. I love you. John is now healed and has the miracle he prayed for! I know his precious Mama is holding out her him.🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️

  2. To all John’s family You have our deepest sympathy thoughts and prayers Knew John from the time he was five years old in kindergarten with our daughter Jennifer. Sweetest little guy ever. Took Jennifer to many birthday parties at his house. He will surely be missed Love to all Arles and Bradie Taylor Carthage NC

  3. Otis, Rayona, so sorry for your loss, not just you, but so many friends who loved him are grieving as well! May your memories of happy time fill your hearts, until you meet again.

  4. So sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and your family and sending caring thoughts your way to support you through this. May God bless you with peace and comfort in the days to come.
    Sandra & Skip Schwab

    • Lifting you all in prayer! Such a bright light shining in heaven now. I remember how much my grandfather loved John’s visits to him. John would sit on his bed and just talk about everything and my grandfather ‘s eyes would just light up with joy!

  5. John was an amazing husband, father, athlete and friend. I am grateful for the chance to have known him. Prayers and peace to all of his very special family. Rebecca and I will be thinking and praying for you all. Brad Salmon

  6. So sorry to hear about my friend and former Farm Credit colleague. John was a valuable member of the Farm Credit family. My heartfelt prayers go out to all of his families.

  7. I am so very sorry for your loss. John was such a genuine, kind person, I’m glad I got to work with him. My heart and my prayers are with all of you.

  8. Otis, Rayona and family, from the Smith Family, you have our deepest condolences for your loss but Heavens gain. Johnanthan was a great guy. You will be in our thoughts and Prayers.

  9. Although I did not have the pleasure of meeting John, I’ve had the opportunity to hear many great things about him and how great of a person he was. He is a great loss to all who knew him personally and professionally. You all will remain in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come.

  10. My condolences and prayers during your time of deep loss. I know God is pouring forth his mercy during this difficult time. John was a great friend and co-worker, someone you could always count on and would always bring a smile to your face with his wit.

  11. My Deepest condolences to Georgia, Leah and to the rest of John’s family. John, “Big PaPa”, known to those at Cape Fear Farm Credit will forever leave a big hole in our hearts. I will miss his sweet smile and kindness! He was such a kind soul to everyone. Loved him since the first day I met him when I started working 13 yrs ago at CFFC Fayetteville Branch. He knew how to make you smile on any day! You will be forever in my heart, and I look forward to our reunion one day friend.

  12. My sincerest condolences. I pray God will grant you peace that surpasses all understanding.🙏🏻🕊️

  13. We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing and will pray for your comfort. – Beverly and Gene Thompson

  14. Sending Prayers and a Hug Georgia Lee and your whole family . I’m so sorry for your Loss. Love Guy and Diane W. Langston

  15. Continued love and prayers! I went to high school with John and had mutual friends as his neighbor when he lived at home with his parents. I will always remember what an amazing man he was!! He was big in stature, with the kindest soul!!! I know when he crossed over to heaven his mama was there with her arms open with a huge hug!!! I know he will be truly missed by so many!!! ❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

  16. We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. All are in our thoughts and prayers. May you each feel God’s presence and peace.

  17. To John’s Family: I had the distinct honor of working within the Farm Credit System with John for over 20 years in various capacities. John was, without exception, one of the kindest, wisest, and supportive individuals that I’ve ever known. I will truly, truly miss my good friend. Prayers for God’s comfort and support for the coming days and weeks.

  18. Georgia Lee and family, May God give you comfort now and in the days ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  19. We knew you so long ago in elementary school, but seems like yesterday. What a great man you turned into.
    Holding you in our hearts, Walt, Honoree, Kelly and Will Cooper

  20. Sending lots of love and so many prayers up for your family. We have prayed continually for you all, and will continue to do so in the tough days ahead. Take comfort in knowing he is resting in the arms of the Lord! ♥️🙏🏻🕊️

  21. Otis, Rayona & family,
    I can’t tell you how sorry I am to hear this tragic news. The world has lost a wonderful man. The only positive (definitely not the right word… but I think you know what I mean) is that he & his dear mom are together. And they’re there waiting until it’s all our times.
    You’ll all be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love & hugs to all.

  22. My thoughts and prayers to my high school classmate, Georgia, and the Patterson family during this valley experience. May God be your strength and solace and bless you with a song that comforts you in the days to come.

  23. I am so very saddened to hear of your loss. I worked with John at Carolina Farm Credit for many years. He was a fine young man who was a great employee and friend. He always made those around him smile. May God give you comfort and peace in the days ahead.

  24. Big John, Big Poppa: this is how I knew John. The guy that made all the others laugh. Jeff and John were teammates at NC State and John had so many great one liners that Jeff and I still quote today. The small group of throwers had a true Wolfpack bond. A great memory was at our wedding, when we were dancing to NY NY and John was doing Rockette kicks – his flexibility was amazing for a man of his size! It was hard to not smile when you were in his presence. I am thankful to have known him. My deepest sympathy to his wife, daughter, dad, sister, and others near and dear to him. May God’s comfort cover you all.

  25. So sorry for your loss. Such a young man who had accomplished and won so many awards but God has already won the best award that anyone could be given and that is the gift of eternal life through salvation. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  26. Georgia , what a beautiful tribute John’s service was. It has been a few years since we worked together in the little old Ellerbe office but even with distance and years between us it was nice to have John’s friendship.
    He will be sorely missed by all who had the blessing of knowing him.
    Keeping your family in my prayers.

  27. Our thoughts and prayers are with Georgia Lee, Leah Grace and the entire Patterson family. May God hold you very close and comfort you as only He can in the days ahead.

  28. So sorry to hear about John. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you find peace in your memories. Love to all.

  29. Sorry to the Patterson family loss. I had Mrs. Otis Patterson as a teacher in high school. My son Tommy was classmates with John. He seemed to always be a great kid. I know he is and will be missed to the greatest extent.

  30. Otis and family,
    Kim and I are grieved for you all in the loss of your son. May God cradle you all in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come. We love you. Kim and Bruce Williams

  31. Dell and I send our sympathy for the family. May you all be blessed with God’s grace, strength, peace and comfort.
    Prayers continue for you all.

  32. We were so sad to hear of John’s passing. Our prayers for His family, father and Rayona and her family.

  33. Otis, I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Much, much too young. Please know that I hold you and your family in my heart and prayers as you adjust to life without him.

  34. Rayona and family I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all. I am LaRue Bullard’s daughter-my grandfather was Charlie Bullard.

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