Mrs. Vivian Louise Lyons Patten, 83, of Port St. Joe, FL formerly of Atmore fell asleep in the Arms of Jesus on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf in Port St. Joe.
A native of Atmore, Ms. Patten was a graduate of Escambia County Training School and she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Alabama St. University- Montgomery.
She taught school in Greenville, MS and Atmore, before relocating to Port St. Joe in 1968. She taught school for 47 years before retiring in 2004. She started one of the first African American tutorial programs in the Norrh St. Joe Community. She was a member of the Gulf-Franklin Retired Teachers’ Association.
In her early years she grew up at Second Mt. Triumph Baptist Church In Atmore, and when she moved to Port St. Joe, she was a Member of Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church before joining New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. She served faithfully as the Church Clerk, Sunday School secretary, a member of the Senior Choir, Missionary Department, and Usher’s Board. She also served as Recording Secretary for the Progressive M&E State Congress, Senior Women’s Auxiliary under the Gulf Coast Association, President of the Northwest Florida Usher’s Union, Recording Secretary of The Concerned Christian Society, Secretary of the City Wide Mission And Port St. Joe Ministerial Alliance.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Patten; her parents, Chester, Sr. and Gussie Lyons; her sisters, Mable (U.D.) Parker and Bertha McMillian; Brothers, Willie Arthur and Carney Lyons; in-laws, Sue Beachum, Leroy Patten, and Willola Wright; God-children, Davida and Damien Byrd.
Those left to cherish beautiful memories of her life are her (3) daughters, Sonja (Charles) Maddox of Clinton, MD, Bonita (Samuel) Smith of Panama City, FL, and Ashley Robinson of Port St. Joe, FL; (1) son, Ashton Larry of Panama City, FL; (1) sister, Joyce (C.J.) Lamar of Atmor; (1) brother, Chester Lyons, Jr. of Atmore; 2 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Public viewing will be held Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 1 - 5 p.m. at Turner Funeral Chapel - Atmore. Family Hour will be held Friday, June 8, 2018 from 6 - 8 (EST) p.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church - 208 North Park Dr., Port St. Joe, FL.
Celebration of Life service will be Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 11 a.m. (EST) at The Body of Christ Jesus Church, 106 Harbor Street, Port St. Joe, FL with Rev. Carle Bailey, Pastor, New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church- Port St. Joe - Eulogist and Rev. Wilhelmina Williams - Host Pastor. Inhumation will be in Forest Hill Cemetery - Port St. Joe, FL. Her remains will lie instate at the church one hour prior to the funeral service with TURNER FUNERAL CHAPEL LLC, 83 Westbrook Lane, Atmore, AL directing. (251) 368-2400
Floral arrangements for Mrs. Patten may be delivered on Friday, June 8, 2018 beginning at 4 p.m. at the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church - 208 North Park Dr., Port St. Joe, FL.