Carey Patton

Carey B. Patton Jr.

Sunday, April 27th, 1947 - Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
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Carey B. Patton Jr, 72, of Franklin passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Carey B. Patton Sr. and Gertrude Cunningham Patton. Junior lived in Franklin his whole life except for the four years he served in the US Marine Corps where he did three tours in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He spent nineteen months as a Parachute Rigger for A-4 D&E Aircraft and saved the lives of four pilots that were hit with fire and had to eject from crashing aircraft. He then spent seven months as door gunner on CH-46 Boeing helicopters, serving in 240 combat missions. After leaving the USMC in 1970 he enrolled at Western Carolina University, graduating in 1974 with a BSBA in Business Administration. While on leave from Vietnam in 1969, he met the love of his life, Nancy Fisher Patton, and they were married in 1972; they had one son in 1977, H. Carey Patton. Junior worked as a plumbing contractor for 30 years and retired from Franklin Fire Department in 2009 after 21 years. He was also a member of the VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America). He enjoyed golfing, playing cards with friends, and spending time at Coleman River.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Nancy Fisher Patton; son, H. Carey Patton (Brandi); grandchildren, Ruck Patton and Blake Patton; and brothers, Howard Patton and Joe Patton all of Franklin.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am, Saturday, May 25 at the Veteran's Memorial Park in Franklin. Rev. Mark Bishop will officiate. Military Honors will be conducted by VVA Chapter 994.

Memorial donations can be made to the VVA Scholarship Fund, 203 Sloan Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 11:00am
    Macon County Veteran's Memorial Park
    1288 Georgia Road
    Franklin, NC 28734
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Sandra Shope

Posted at 04:08am sorry to hear of Jr's passing...last time I saw him was at my Mom's funeral and he gave me a great big hug...I really liked Jr., he was always very nice to me...he will be missed.

Bernie Wagner

Posted at 01:05pm
Nancy, Carey and family, we are so saddened to hear of Junior's passing. He was such a great guy and a good friend to us. We have you in our prayers.
Bernie & Deanna Wagner

Margaret McCollum -Brown

Posted at 07:02pm
Mrs. Patton and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time
I did not know Jr. that well but my daddy was on the fire dept. with him and thought a lot of him

gary palmer

Posted at 03:15pm
As a lifetime friend of both Carey B. (“Junior”) and Nancy Lee, I was sorry to hear of Junior’s passing. Having grown up together on Bidwell Street with Junior and all of the Patton brothers, we retained a lifelong friendship. During my many visits with my late Mom; Frances, Junior always seem to find me doing yard work or at Mom’s house. He would stop by to visit. We had many amusing conversations. The laughter could often be heard at the Sunset.
He served his country, state, and community well. His Vietnam combat service was exemplary in a very demanding environment. He gave back to the local community thru his service at the Franklin Fire Department
For Nancy Lee and family, cherish the wonderful times you had with him over many years. He was a special person and is missed. I am a better person for having known him.
My condolences to the entire Patton family.

Peggy Sheffield Reece

Posted at 03:44pm
NANCY ANDFAMILY, I WAS A CLASS MATE OF “JR’S “,As our teachers and we called him.. He was a special fun guy, and over the years he stood out in my mind as a SPECIAL PERSON WHO MADE EVERYONE FEEL THEY WERE SPECIAL ALSO! So glad that I had the opportunity to meet and know him.


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