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Nick Deonas

I got to visit with Tommy a couple of weeks ago. Tommy was a great guy and will be missed by many. Praying for peace and comfort for Barbara and the family.

Wesley Patton

Tommy was my oldest & favorite cousin. We spent many nights in his and Barbara's home on Piney Island reflecting over his many adventures as Advanced Open Water SCUBA instructor, and Captain of the USS Starlight, a magnificent Yacht. Also of our adventures years ago abound a houseboat his parents navigated down the Mississippi River to Lake Steinhatchee Florida. and on up into Georgia. I promised him I would write a book of some of his many exploits. Hopefully I can keep that promise. I think most of us who knew Tommy thought he would live forever. We had every reason to believe that because whatever trials he went through, he always came out on the other side, stronger and happier as ever. If ever he was saddened or put off by anything I never saw it, as he was always so positive, caring and loving toward everyone. He never complained. I suppose that's because he had so much to be happy about; his lovely wife, Barbara, his children and grandchildren, all of whom he was so proud; and for good reason. Another reason I don't think many of us ever thought we would be reading of his death, is because that hasn't happened. He has merely moved to on to another life; one of blissful happiness and joy. And will be there to welcome us when it comes our time to join him. If ever there was a more loving, caring positive role model for us to follow, I don't know who that might be. Tommy was an inspiration for us all. He'll be missed, for sure . . .but not for long. Love, Cousin Wes

Henry Thomas "Tommy" Patton, Jr.


Henry Thomas "Tommy" Patton Jr. of Fernandina, Florida passed away at 11pm on Wednesday, May 8th at the age of 88. Tommy is preceeded in death by his parents Henry Thomas Patton Sr. and Nelle Mosely Patton as well as by his first wife Anne Covington Patton Alexander and two grandsons Caleb and Jordon Hudspeth.
Tommy was born on March 17th, 1936 in Macon, Georgia. Tommy's family moved to Charleroi, PA where his father owned and operated a Dr Pepper Bottling company. Tommy graduated from Charleroi High School in 1955. He then moved back to Macon, Georgia to attend Mercer University. He was an active member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. At the time of his death, he was the last living member of the 1955 Georgia Gamma Chapter. He married his first wife Anne Covington in 1956. He graduated from Mercer University in 1959 with a degree in finance and a minor in law.
Tommy's first job was with American Federal Savings & Loan. His last position with the bank was Vice President and Treasuer. He then went into real estate investing and was the owner of Patton Realty and Mortgage Company.
Tommy married his best friend and soul mate Barbara Alverson Patton on March 13th, 1999. In January of 2016, Tommy and Barbara moved to Fernandina Beach, FL. They were married for 25 years and were constant companions until his death.
Tommy was an adventurer and lived life to the fullest. He was a pilot, a boat captain, a scuba diver and instructor, and an avid golfer. He loved cars and was quite the mechanic. He loved his family, his cats Daisy Mae and Sophie, but most of all he loved and adored his wife Barbara. He is a testimony to the life well lived and was a believer in Jesus Christ.
Tommy is survived by his wife Barbara Alverson Patton of Fernandina FL, Marianna Patton Hudspeth of Greensboro GA, Judy (Leigh) Roberts of Madison GA, Bob Patton (Cornealia) of Greensboro GA, Tom Patton III (Diana) of Birmingham AL, Pat Patton (Lisa) of Macon GA, Jay Anderson (Laura) of Hudson WI, Ashley Leis (Jimmy) of Douglas GA, Kate Anderson (Michael) of Warner Robins GA. Tommy is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Monday, May 13, 2024 at Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors from 2:00 until 3:00 PM.
Tommy will be cremated according to his wishes.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to Cats Angels, 700 South 8th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL.


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