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July 10, 1921 - November 26, 2014 William Stevens Patterson, formerly of Roanoke, Virginia, died at his home in Birmingham, Alabama, on November 26, 2014, after an extended illness. He was born in Roanoke, Virginia on July 10, 1921, to the late Nathalie Baker Patterson and Charles Bernard Patterson. He was married to the late Ora Elizabeth Leach Patterson on April 15, 1950.
Mr. Patterson graduated from Jefferson High School in Roanoke, Virginia, attended Roanoke College and graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Option, in 1943. While attending V.P.I., he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. During World War II, he served honorably as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy aboard the Independence Class aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Belleau Wood (CVL-24) in the Pacific Theater, and was aboard that ship in Tokyo Harbor to witness the Japanese surrender ceremony. Following his military service, he worked as a civil engineer for U.S. Steel Company and later Ingalls Iron Works, retiring from Trinity Industries in Birmingham, Alabama, in the late 1980's.
Throughout his life he remained proud of his Naval service and the accomplishments of both of his daughters, and spoke fondly of his experiences as an Eagle Scout during his youth. At the time of his death he was a member of Shades Valley Evangelical Lutheran Church in Birmingham, Alabama.