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Blue Springs/Clarksdale-Michael Dan Patterson, 62, passed away unexpectedly as the result of a motor vehicle accident on Coley Road in Tupelo on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.
Michael was born on May 6, 1959 in Clarksdale, Coahoma County, MS, to the late Phillips Daniel Patterson and Linda Collums Patterson. He grew up in Clarksdale, graduated from Coahoma County High School in 1977 and lived there until moving to the Tupelo area in 1997.
Michael was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Clarksdale. He worked many years as a route man for Mrs. Stratton’s and Wonder Bread and had worked in various capacities for Research Solutions in Tupelo for the last few years. Michael was a quiet, determined and reserved man whose life priority was caring for his family. A patriotic citizen, he served for over 8 years in the Mississippi National Guard.
The family will observe a private family graveside service on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Guinn/Collums Cemetery in Toccopola, MS – Pontotoc County. He will be interred at the feet of his mother. There will be no public visitation. Holland Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family.
Michael will always be loved by his family who survive, his wife of 40 years, Lena Murphree Patterson of Blue Springs, to whom he married on Nov. 28, 1980 in Clarksdale; his children, Michelle Tate (James) of Huntsville, AL and Michael Dan Patterson, Jr. “Little Mike” (Kimberly) of Tupelo; his grandchildren, James Ryan Tate, Carson Reed Tate, Cohen Quinn Tate and Bryson Dan Patterson; sisters, Carolyn Knight (Bill) of Marks, Susan Bell (Mark) of Coldwater and Christy Billingsley (Scooter) of Clarksdale; a host nieces, nephews and cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillips Daniel and Linda Patterson, his maternal grandparents, Toy Clay and Lela Collums and paternal grandparents, Helen Tedford and Benjamin F. Patterson.
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