Elbert Neal Patterson Jr.

April 2, 1937 - December 2, 2018
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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.

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, December 7, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018

Time: 10:00 am

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

Galveston Memorial Park


7301 Memorial Drive
Hitchcock, TX 77563

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Born: April 2, 1937
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marie robinson posted on 12/13/18

"May you find comfort in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again" Rev 21: 3-5. with deep sympathy and love.


Theresa Giancola posted on 12/8/18

Sorry for your loss Tammy


"Skip" McRae posted on 12/7/18

To All of Neals Family, My sincere sympathy and prayers. My association with Neal began in 1973 on a rusty old Tanker, S/S Thomas M. From my first encounter with Neal, I recognized his skill, as well as his character. It was my pleasure to work with Neal off and on, and call him "friend" until his retirement. We worked in hot humid and miserable environment , and I always remember no matter what the circumstance that devilish smile. He was a friend, gentleman, and loved colleague , they come no better. Rest in piece my friend, one day " the band of brothers will all wet a line together.


Mike Leahy Jr. posted on 12/7/18

Our deepest sympathies to Neal's family at this sad time. Neal was an exceptional man, a true southern gentleman in the best meaning of that term. Both my late father and myself had many great times with him; professionally and personally. Neal was the best boiler control expert I have ever met and there was many a steam ship that would never have left port and some that might not have ever returned had it not been for Neal's skills. And it was always a pleasure to be in his company, as well. May he rest in well-earned peace. He and his family are in our family's prayers. Mike Leahy Jr. and family


Thurman and Norma Hood posted on 12/6/18

With a heavy heart I write Norma and I will not be able to be there this week-end. Neal was always like a big brother to Herman and I and I have fond memories of being together fishing, going to movies, swimming and gathering in our grandparents backyard on Dunning St. with family and friends eating watermelon. We dearly love him and he will be missed but rejoice knowing he is up there fishing and having Christmas with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; You and all the family will be in our prayers, love you all. God Bless As Always, Thurman & Norma


Herman Hood posted on 12/6/18

It is with heavy heart that I have to tell you I will not be able to attend the funeral and celebration of life of my beloved and admired cousin Neal. To me and my family, he was the big brother I never had as I was growing up. I always looked up to him for his integrity, honesty and accomplishments. He will be missed. May God bless you and watch over you and your family at this time. As always...Herman i


Jerry Denton posted on 12/5/18

What a wonderful obituary - obviously an exceptional man. I am a friend of Tami, and considering the quality of character she demonstrates I can't help but appreciate the wholesome and loving upbringing she must have had. God bless all and much aloha.


Richard Bothe posted on 12/4/18

Elizabeth and family: So saddened to hear of your loss. We know you all will have a great void in your life but the good Lord will guide you through these difficult times. Take faith and take strength from the many wonderful years you shared together. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the services due to family medical issues but our thoughts snd prayers are with you. God Bless! Richard (Dickie) and Lorene Bothe