Denver “Dennis” Wallace Patterson

November 22, 1938 - December 3, 2023
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Adger and Deborah Brown
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Tom Johnson
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Lisa (Cantrell) Chapman
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Marian Smith Lollis
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Ann lewis
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Sam Holcombe
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Bobby Patterson
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Greenville, SC 29611
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Friday 12/8, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Northwest Chapel
6710 White Horse Road
Greenville, SC 29611
(864) 294-6415 | Map
Saturday 12/9, 12:00 pm
Flat Rock Baptist Church Cemetery
115 Slab Bridge Road
Liberty, South Carolina 29657
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Denver “Dennis” Wallace Patterson, 85, faithful husband of the late Joyce Garrett Patterson, went home to be with Lord, Sunday, December 3, 2023. Born in Anderson County, SC, he was the son of the late Gould and Daisy Dean Patterson, and was the youngest of their twelve children. A longtime member of Flat Rock BaptistContinue Reading

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GG Galloway left a message on December 12, 2023:
To all the family of Coach Patterson, I just found out about the passing of Coach. What a true gentleman both on and off the field he was. Coach was a true mentor of not just sports but more important the game of life. Both your mom and dad were heroes to a lot of us growing up in high school. What I really remember is watching both your parents keeping all y’all from getting away from them. That in itself was a full time job. If any of y’all are ever in Fl please give me a call. Both your parents helped me more than each of you will ever know to become a better person. Thank y’all for sharing them with all. My prayers and thoughts are with each of you. G.G. Galloway
Adger and Deborah Brown left a message on December 10, 2023:
In memory of Denver “Dennis” Wallace Patterson, Adger and Deborah Brown lit a candle
Harold Jones left a message on December 10, 2023:
I want to send my condolence to Dennis Paterson's family at this time. Dennis and I coached football and track at T.L. Hanna together. I loved Dennis, Joyce and his family. He is a Christian that loved the Lord. He showed me how to coach track. Dennis is in Heaven with Joyce and Jesus now. Praise the Lord.
Odel left a message on December 10, 2023:
In memory of Denver “Dennis” Wallace Patterson, Odel lit a candle
Laura Clark left a message on December 9, 2023:
Coach is rejoicing in Heaven with his Lord and his beloved Joyce. He was such a good, kind man. I always enjoyed talking with him at the tire shop. When my brother lost his leg and couldn't get around yet, Coach would pick him and my nephew up every Sunday and take them to church. I will always remember that love and kindness he had for others.
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Katie Stewart left a message on December 8, 2023:
As a friend of Kaitlyn's, I was honored to be able to call them Pepa and Granny as well. Growing up I was always told "different last name, same family." Granny and Pepa truly made me feel that way. Love y'all both. I'll see y'all in Heaven. Sending love and prayers to the rest of the family.
Annette McClellan left a message on December 8, 2023:
I am so very sorry to hear of Coach’s passing. I thought the world of him. Please know the family is being held in my heart, thoughts, and prayers.
Bill Wyatt left a message on December 7, 2023:
Coach Patterson has been a great influence in my life and I am very thankful for having the blessing of him in my life! This world is definitely in need of more men like him to be role models for young people.
Tom Johnson left a message on December 7, 2023:
Sincere condolences. I was a teacher at T. L. Hanna when you were there.
Steve Hanvey left a message on December 7, 2023:
Fabulous runner, my Coach at Hanna, and wonderful Christian friend since 1964 when we first ran together. In 2015 he was our Guest of Honor at the TL Hanna Class of 1965 50th Reunion. We all had great respect for Dennis/Coach and were thrilled to see both Joyce and him again and share so many memories. A life truly well lived!
Lisa (Cantrell) Chapman left a message on December 7, 2023:
Such a precious family. Coach Patterson you and your sweetheart of a wife made a difference in lives! Love each of you.
Marian Smith Lollis left a message on December 7, 2023:
In memory of Denver “Dennis” Wallace Patterson, Marian Smith Lollis lit a candle
allen toole left a message on December 7, 2023:
Dennis was a fine Christian gentlemen with a keen sense of humor and great smile. It was a pleasure knowing him and my thoughts and prayer are with the family. Well done thy good and faithful servant. Thanks for the memories.
Ann lewis left a message on December 6, 2023:
Papa you will be missed dearly but I know you my heart you are at peace and with grandma now. But it's still want be the same knowing I want be able to see that smiling face of yours. But I will someday loved you with all my heart until I see you again.konner your little buddy.
Robert Cartee left a message on December 6, 2023:
Coach Patterson was 1 of a kind. He came to Pendleton my senior year and he made going to school fun. He loved Mrs. Patterson, his family and all his students. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten!!!
Sam Holcombe left a message on December 5, 2023:
In memory of Denver “Dennis” Wallace Patterson, Sam Holcombe lit a candle
Bobby Patterson left a message on December 5, 2023:
Hate to see you go, but I do know you are with Jesus and Joyce, and that gives me great comfort and solace. I love you Dad.
Jim Moore left a message on December 5, 2023:
A great storyteller and a great man. It was my privilege to have worked with you. May you be at eternal peace.
Randy & Debbie Kaser left a message on December 5, 2023:
Rest now Mr. Patterson. You have truly left your mark on the students and families at Pendleton High School. You are one of the BEST! Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Job well done.
Lisa B Link left a message on December 5, 2023:
I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Patterson. He was a great man who impacted a lot of students at RMS. He always had a smile on his face. You will be missed, Mr. Patterson.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Ben Lawson left a message on December 4, 2023:
I am so sorry for your loss! They don’t make them like Me. Patterson anymore! I’ll never forget him saying when he retired, “Don’t cry it’s over…smile because it happened!”. He was a special man!
Cobb Oxford left a message on December 4, 2023:
One of the greatest men I have ever known. Great sense of humor. Great laugh. Intense competitor. Had many conversations with him when I was a prep writer for the Independent. Covered a Woodruff at Liberty game one Friday night when Tony Rice (Notre Dame) was playing quarterback for Woodruff. Outmanned Liberty was giving them all they wanted. I'm walking the sideline and I hear somebody scream my name. Then I heard it again. It was Coach Patterson. I walked up to him while the game was in progress and he looked at me and said -- Those Liberty Red Devils will get after you! After losing by one touchdown, he told me Woodruff was ranked third in the state behind Clemson and South Carolina. There was a Friday night at Crescent. The game was back and forth and he was yelling and fussing on the sideline. Liberty lost a tough one to Crescent. How is going to react. Most coaches are difficult to talk to after losses. I approached him after the game. He was leaning on a car. He smiled and said -- That was something wasn't it? It was a different time. He and Larry Clark (Crescent) and Preston Cox (Pendleton) were fierce competitors, but they also were good friends. In an emergency, he coached girls' basketball at Liberty one year. I went to cover a game. He got two techs in the first half and had to leave. In the office after the game, he had a big smile on his face and was laughing about what had happened. He would call me at the office and say -- This is Darlin' Denver. If he had some scoop for me, he would say -- You be Frank and I will be Ernest. He told me during a timeout one game, he asked his quarterback what was open. The kid answered -- the Fast Fare. What a joy he was. He helped a lot of kids. And many people loved him. He was one of the all-time greats. May light perpetual shine upon him.
Becky Johnson left a message on December 4, 2023:
I do believe Train was waiting for him. Their friendship was a treasured one. My thoughts are with you. Becky Johnson
Shane Hammonds left a message on December 4, 2023:
Coach Patterson was a big part of my Highschool years at Pendleton. He always had a smile, or cracking some kind of joke. I can't imagine him without that big smile. I know he will be missed, but I am glad to know that I will see him again. R.I.P slick..God bless you my friend
Mickey Griffith left a message on December 4, 2023:
Coaches Patterson and Cunningham coached our B team at T L Hanna in 1972 before moving on to Liberty. The lessons we learn are still with me today. Our prayers are with his family as he was a great man. Mickey and Vivian Griffith
Tenna and Wendell Marks left a message on December 4, 2023:
Wonderful man. He will be remembered as a Christian loving man that never met a stranger and loved everyone. Dennis and Joyce were true friends. Loved spending time with them. Dennis loved Joyce. His lawnmower was a treasured possession of his. He loved cutting grass. One memory I have with Dennis and Joyce was working with them in bereavement at church. He was my garbage man and she was my dishwasher. Dennis and Joyce knew how to light up a room. Dennis loved my banana pudding. Going miss making that for him. Heaven gained an awesome man. Dennis the Marks family will miss u. U deserve all the crowns u got when u entered Heaven. Until we see u again. We love Joyce and u and thankful for the years with had with yall.
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