(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)
Samuel Patterson died in Dauphin Island, Ala, at the age of 75.
e grew up in Port Gibson and attended Port Gibson High School and Chamberlain Hunt Academy. After high school, Sam began class at the University of Southern Mississippi. His time there was cut short when he was drafted into the U. S. Navy.
He served as a sonar man on the USS Ault, a destroyer. He was on board the Ault in March 1960 when it and a sister ship became the first U. S. warships to enter the Black Sea since the end of World War II.
After his time in the military, he returned to Southern where he earned a political science degree. It was during this time that he met his wife of 49 years, Virgie Hall. He credited his graduation to both the grace of God and Virgie. They wed in 1965.
The happy couple moved to Port Gibson where Sam worked at LeTourneau for several years before moving to New Orleans. While there he worked for Louisiana Gas Services. Sam and Virgie moved back to Port Gibson and Sam worked the rest of his career as human resource manager for Allied Chemicals, which later became Prolon.
Upon moving to Clinton, Miss, in 2010 Sam took great pleasure in the Baptist Healthplex, where he enjoyed the new friendships he found in the coffee club. Sam was an avid golfer who enjoyed many hours at Mosswood Country Club.