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August 18, 1951 ~ June 20, 2018 (age 66)
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Hillard Grayling Patterson

Age 66

Of Athens

Passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018

At Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville


A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was the son of the late Johnny Hillard Patterson and was preceded in death by a special uncle, Donald Buckner. He retired from Waupaca and was a member of Mt. Verd Baptist Church.


Survivors include his mother, Nina Buckner Croft

His wife, Tammie Hooper Patterson

Two sons, Will Patterson and Jeff Patterson and wife, Genia and son, Dakota

Granddaughter whom is like a daughter, Dallas Price

Special niece whom he helped raise, Lacey Price

One daughter, Tonya Cothern


Two sisters, Eva Grodzicki and Paulette LaDue

One brother, Wendell Patterson and wife, Shelia

Several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be 7 pm Saturday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev. Donnie Dalton officiating.


The family will receive friends 5-7 pm Saturday at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions may be made for the continuing education of Hillard’s son, Will to Simmons Bank c/o Tammy Patterson, P.O. Box 220 Athens, TN. 37371-0220.


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Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Hillard Grayling Patterson.

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