It is with great sadness that the family of Elbert Neal Patterson, Jr, of Alvin announces his passing on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Harbor Hospice in Houston.
Neal was born on April 2, 1937 in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from Brackenridge High School in 1955, Neal joined the Navy and served as a fire control technician on the U.S.S. Bennington, CVS-20 – an Essex class aircraft carrier. After this service, Neal joined Todd Shipyard in Galveston and was particularly proud of working in the nuclear division on the NS Savannah-the first ever commercial nuclear vessel. In 1972, he opened Patterson Enterprises, Inc, and serviced customers on six continents.
After 35 hard-working years, Neal retired to working a small ranch in Yoakum with his loving wife of 47 years, Elizabeth Smith Patterson. An avid fisherman and hunter, Neal was a proud member of the Coastal Conservation and National Rifle Associations. Though unable to enjoy fishing in the final year of his life, his family is comforted by the knowledge that he is somewhere on a lake, pole in hand, and lure in the water.
Neal was preceded in death by his grandparents: Mr. & Mrs. Ben Patterson; Mr. and Mrs. William Garms; parents, Elbert Neal Patterson Senior and Margaret Garms Wilson; brother, Roger Patterson; and granddaughter, Tiphanie Rose Patterson.
Neal is survived by: devoted wife, Elizabeth Smith Patterson; his children: Tami Hellman of Hawaii, Russell (Susan) Lowenthal of Florida, Kelly Patterson of Alvin, Kevin (Mandy) Patterson of Houston, Kimberly (Dan) Patterson Schmidt of Pearland; grandchildren: Laurie (Ainsley) Thrailkill of Wyoming, Ryan (Zizhi) Hellman of Austin, Sean Hellman of Houston, Lucas Lowenthal of Tokyo, Zachary Patterson of West Virginia, Konnor Patterson of Alvin, Logan Schmidt of Pearland; one great-grandson, Leo Hellman of Austin. Neal is also mourned by numerous family and friends.
Pallbearers will be Kelly, Kevin, and Konnor Patterson; Russell and Lucas Lowenthal; Dan and Logan Schmidt; Ryan and Sean Hellman.
Neal’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Friday, December 7, 2018, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home in Galveston, Texas.
Services will be 10:00 am Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Malloy & Son Funeral home. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.