Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) Widow Of Bishop J.O. Patterson, Jr. Lady Judith Patterson Has Passed

Posted on March 12, 2015


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Obnoxious Media regrets to inform you that Lady Judith Patterson has passed. The widow of Bishop James Oglethorpe Patterson, former Chairman of The Genral Assembly of the Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) and first African American Mayor of the City of Memphis.  Lady Patterson was sweet as she was pretty and will be greatly missed.

A woman of grace whose presence exemplified the essence of a Christian Woman has finished her course here on earth. While her family and others are no doubt sadden because of untimely departure, we are comforted in knowing that she lived a life pleasing to The Lord – we will see her again. 

Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭31‬:‭31‬ NKJV)


Phil Dotson with Shawn Carter
March 13 at 7:57am ·
My Mom’s Obituary from the Commercial Appeal. Great story for an even greater Woman.

Judith Patterson knew her future, even as a child

Jody Callahan
4:48 PM, Mar 12, 2015
5 hours ago

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Judith Patterson knew from an early age what she was going to do with her life, her sisters said.
“For as long as I’ve known my sister, she has always wanted to teach,” Linda Adkins said. “My other sister and I, we were like her little students. She’d line us up and give us paper and crayons. She was always a real instructor. There was never a question what she would do in life.”

Mrs. Patterson graduated from LeMoyne-Owen College and Memphis State University with degrees in education. She spent more than three decades with the former Memphis City Schools, including several years as an elementary school teacher before retiring as an administrative supervisor in 2011.

Mrs. Patterson, who was married to former Memphis mayor J.O. Patterson Jr. at the time of his death in 2011, died Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 63.

Patterson, also a Church of God in Christ bishop, became the city’s first black mayor during a 20-day stint in 1982 after Wyeth Chandler stepped down to become a judge. He and Mrs. Patterson married a few years before his death.

Another sister, Brenda Johnson, remembers Mrs. Patterson taking them out in the backyard when they were children.

“She’d ask us questions, we would answer it. She would point to each one of us with a stick and ask questions. If we answered right, she’d praise us highly. If wrong, she’d say, you’d have to study more. It was an admonition that we were falling beneath what we should,” she said.

But such lessons were never mean or unfriendly, her sisters said.

In addition to her sisters, Mrs. Patterson leaves a daughter, Tiffany Dotson; two sons, Phil Dotson and Brian Dotson; a brother, Ross Kerr; and two grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. March 20 at Greater Imani church. Services will follow March 21 at noon.

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