James Wayne Patterson, 72 of Gonzales, Texas went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 in Katy, Texas. He was born in Newgulf, Texas on April 6, 1949 and he was the youngest son of Frank Mathew Patterson and Dessie Finch Patterson. James grew up in Houston and graduated from Lamar High School in 1967. He attended the University of Houston before moving to San Antonio to join his parents in the family business, Aladdin Rents. During this time, James volunteered to coach youth football for the Boerne Junior Football League, which his brother Frank established in 1972.
While in San Antonio, he met the love of his life Vickie Lynn Willard. They married on August 4, 1973 and had two children, Jayme and Jim Pat. James then moved his family to Houston and began brokering land leases in the oil industry. In the mid 1980’s, James became an investment banker and sold municipal bonds with multiple firms and worked alongside many different family members. Throughout his 30-year career, James forged trusting relationships with clients which developed into lifelong friendships.
While raising their family in Houston, James and Vickie became active at Second Baptist Church and School. James had a deep love for his country and alongside Vickie, worked for and supported conservative causes. He served on the Quarter Horse Sale Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and was a member and competitor in the ACHA and NCHA cutting horse associations for many years. In 1996, James and Vickie moved from Houston to their ranch in Gonzales County. At that time, they became members of Memorial Heights Baptist Church and loved their new community.
In his free time, James loved traveling, hunting, fishing, and rooting for his beloved Houston Cougars. He derived great joy from riding horses and spending time with family and friends on The Patterson Ranch. He was a devoted husband and father, adoring grandfather, and a loving “Uncle Jim” to his nieces and nephews. His fun-loving personality and infectious laugh made him a joy to be around. He was well loved and will be dearly missed by all.
James is survived by his sister, Rebecca Ann Pacheco and husband Jesse Pacheco of Katy, his daughter Jayme Patterson Mason and husband Richard Emil Mason of Waco, his son James Patrick Patterson and wife Danielle Jayne Patterson of Katy, and granddaughters Taylor Jaymes Mason, Rachel Elena Patterson, Katherine Elizabeth Mason, Reagan Leigh Patterson, and Charley Victoria Patterson. He is also survived by his father-in-law Eugene Powell Willard of Houston, his brother-in-law Eugene Neal Willard and wife Cheryl Freeman Willard of Waelder, and numerous nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his parents Frank Mathew Patterson and Dessie Finch Patterson, his wife Vickie Willard Patterson, his sister Myrna Sue McLeroy, and his brother Frank Mathew Patterson, Jr.
There will be a visitation on Friday, January 14th, at 1:00 p.m., and a celebration of life service beginning at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 422 St. Paul St., in Gonzales, Texas. Interment to follow at Waelder Cemetery in Waelder, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Memorial Heights Baptist Church, 1330 N. College Street, Gonzales, Texas 78629 or First Baptist Church, 422 St. Paul Street P.O. Box 83, Gonzales, Texas 78629.
Friends may leave their condolences to the family by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.