WINDER – Bennie “Ben” Joe Patrick, 83, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
He was the son of the late John Luther and Effie Rutledge Patrick.
During his life he was a member of the First Christian Church in Winder. He retired from Lockeed and the Gwinnett County School System. He served in the United States Air Force as an Airman First Class during the Korean conflict and participated in Operation Deep Freeze with Lockeed. He went to the South Pole December of 1960 through the early part of 1961. This was one of the many projects he volunteered for when he left the Air Force and went to work at Lockeed (1954-1972). He was an integral part of the flight test team where he participated in tests of the C141, C130, and C5A.
Survivors include his wife, Sara Elder Patrick; son, Scott (Shelby Price) Patrick; daughters, Nancy (Dave) Flanagan, Sherry (Gary) Crowder, Kathy (Ron) Bridgefarmer, and Gaye (Eric) Farmer; sister, Shirley Patrick; seven grandchildren, Kelly, Katie, Patrick, Carrie, Brandon, Brett, and Paige; and eight great-grandchildren, Peyton, Mackenzie, Connor, Addison, Alivia, Kylie, Emma, and Madilyn.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, June 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Winder Thursday, June 6, with the Rev. Jim Brooks officiating. Burial will be at Barrow Memorial Gardens in Winder.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Christian Church of Winder, 275 N. 5th Ave., Winder, GA 30680.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, is in charge of arrangements.