Willard O. “Pat” Patrick, 85

April 18, 2013

Willard O. Patrick, 85, of Lititz, PA, and formerly of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2013 in the home of his daughter and son in law surrounded by his family.

He was the husband of Zella Gay. Wingler Patrick, with whom he shared 63 years this past January 1st.  Born in Union Twp., NC, he was the son of the late Joe Herman and Alzeria Perry Patrick and the eldest of 10 children.

Willard was a member of the School Board of Wayne County, NC, and was very involved in new school construction. He had also been very instrumental in the development of the poultry industry in North Carolina. In both his time in the school construction and the poultry business, he received many awards and honors for his service.

He was a very active member of Liberty Grove Baptist Church in North Carolina.

A veteran of World War II, Willard served as a corporal with the US Army.

He was a man with a great sense of humor, a kind person with a smile always on his face.

In addition to his wife, Zella, he is survived by his children: Gail P. Marsh of Corpus Christi, TX, Mary Sue  ( Stephen) Fannin of Lititz, and Willard Mike (Cody) Patrick of Erwin, NC; 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, William Lee Patrick.

A private memorial gathering will be held in the home and officiated by the Rev. Glenn Beard. To send an online condolence, please visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home &  Crematory 393-9661

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Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.  Mr. Patrick was a kind, sweet man.  I have very fond memories of him while he worked at the hatchery. I know you will miss him greatly.
Peggy Webber Kearney

Gay, Gail, Mary Sue

Read today in News Argus about Pat passing. I had hoped to go by and visit on one of the few times I was in North Wilkesboro to visit my son when he was working for Tyson (no longer there) but like so many times time slipped away.
I hope you and your family are all in good health and doing fine. I miss pat I enjoyed some of the long talks we had when he was here. Much Love and Sympathy.

Would love to here from you and how thing are doing for you and Steve in Pennsylvania.

Jim Webber

Dear Gay and Family,

We send our love and sympathy to all of you as we remember your wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and greatgradfather.

Pat was such a unique, lovable and talented man. We will cherish the memories we have of him in Goldsboro. He was our friend, our wonderful partner in politics and one we will remember always.

We feel greatly blessed to have had our lives touched by him (and You, Gay).

Bill and Peggy Massengill
Goldsboro, North Carolina

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Those of us that worked with him in the New Hope Feeds/Webber Hatchery days have the utmost respect for Pat. He was a wonderful person.

Allen Nichols

Dear Gay, Mary Sue, and Mike,

I was so sorry to read that your loved one had passed away.  I know you will miss him so much—he was a friend to many, including me! I enjoyed my relationship with him both as a parent of two precious children that I taught and as a colleague when he was employed by Wayne County Public Schools.  He was also a member of the Board of Education in Wayne County when I was selected and hired as principal of Belfast Elementary School—I will always be grateful to him for his support at that time!  I have many fond memories of him and your family!  As you go through this time of sadness, may you know in your heart how very much I care.

Love and prayers….
Annie Lancaster Edwards Fritz

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