February 10, 1915 ~ August 30, 2008

Born in: Wadesboro, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Sarah Gulledge Patton, 93, of Ballantree Dr., Asheville, NC, died Saturday, August 30, 2008, after a brief illness at Pine Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center in Elizabethton, TN. A native of Wadesboro, NC, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Lydia Mills Gulledge. She was preceded in death by only three weeks by her late beloved husband of nearly seventy years, Charles R. Patton. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Dr. William H. Gulledge. Sarah will be remembered for her love of family, her many friends and her accomplishments as a gardener. In 1995 at the age of 80 she won the Best Garden Award of Buncombe County, NC, given by Quality Forward. She is survived by three daughters, Mary P. Shutko and her husband, Fred, of Houston, TX, Anne Patton of Johnson City, TN and Martha Brown and her husband, Erby, of Johnson City, TN; one son, Charles H. Patton and his wife, Tina, of Memphis, TN; grandchildren, Allan Reaves, Tina Martin, Candice Burdin and Nicole Shutko; great-grandchildren, Noah, Tatum and Cooper Reaves, Stephen and Kasey Martin and Ava and Colette Burdin. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with Rev. Dr. Wallace Kirby and Rev. Dr. Robert Blackburn officiating. Graveside services will be held at a later date at Patton United Methodist Church in Franklin, NC. Her family would particularly like to thank Belinda Allen who gave her loving can over the last months. Also, the family wishes to express thanks to Dr. Stephen May and the nurses and staff of Pine Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center for their loving and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to any of the following: Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Meals-On- Wheels, 146 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28802.

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  1. Martha and Family:
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers continue to be with you through these extremely difficult times. You have experienced so very much, recently, and I admire the strength you all have.

    With Love and Concern,
    Donna

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  2. I would just like to take a little time to exspress my deepest sympathy to the family that I’ve become a part of,and to encourage your hearts in knowing that God is going to calm this storm in our lives if we just trust him’I love you guys very much and i hope you will keep in touch whith me. Love your sister Belinda

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  3. To the Patton Family:
    Our sincere condolences on the passing of Sarah. It will take some adjustment in our neighborhood planning to realize that Sarah and Charlie are not here to help and input their thoughts. They will be sadly missed.

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  4. We wish to send our condolences to the family of Sarah Patton. We admired and felt blessed by knowing her and her husband Charles. They were great people and citizens. We will miss them.

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  5. To all the family—

    We are thinking of you and sharing with each other our many memories of Sarah and her kindness and graciousness to us over the years. Sarah and CR never forgot to keep us on the Christmas card list, even when we were far away and we recall so many visits in Franklin and Asheville. All our love,
    Phil Patton and family

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  6. Dearest Patton Family,

    We are neighbors in Ballantree, and had the pleasure to know CR and Sarah. Ron was there when she fell in the driveway, and made sure she was safely taken to the hospital. Our son, Ben, was very impressed by meeting CR and the sharing of his knowledge of gardening and of wildlife in the neighborhood. We will never have the likes of them again, from the last and great generation.

    Most sincerely,

    Ron, Lou Ann, Hannah and Ben Heninger

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