Henry Clay Patton
Henry Clay Patton, Sr. died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loved ones on August 19th in Aspen, Co at the age of 92.
Henry is survived by his son Henry Clay Patton, Jr, his daughter Nancy Patton and her husband Lance Hughes, 6 dogs and 2 horses, all of Aspen, Co. Henry was preceded in death by his beloved wife Frances in 2007.
Henry was born on July 22, 1923 to Mabel Dean and Elmer Clay Patton. He graduated from Newport High in 1941 and headed to Arkansas State to study and play football. In 1942 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and spent two years in Guam and Okinawa. On his return to the states Henry completed his education at Yale through the ASTP. He married Frances Cecile Holmes in 1948 and the couple moved to Memphis, TN where Henry went to work for Patton Brothers Cotton. That job led the couple to homes in Fresno, CA, Dallas, TX, and finally Gastonia, NC. The couple welcomed 2 children into their home at that time and Henry joined Paul Leon Richardson in the cotton brokerage firm of Patton and Richardson. In 1959 the family moved to Lubbock, TX where Henry took over as sales manager of Plains Cotton Coop Association. Five years later they returned to Gastonia and Patton & Richardson. In 1969 the family returned to Lubbock and Henry’s second stint at PCCA. Henry left PCCA in 1977 and he and his daughter opened Patton Cotton Company. Selling cotton took Henry to all corners of the world where he made many lifelong friends. Henry retired in 1983 and he and Frances moved to Knoxville, Ar. In 1993 they returned to Lubbock to be with their children. In 2012 Henry moved one last time to Aspen, CO to again join his children.
Henry loved his years selling cotton but especially loved his God, his family and his bike. A true Southern gentleman, he always had a smile and a compliment for anyone he met. His family and friends remember him as a kind, generous, loving, humble and non-judgmental person. Henry did many hours of volunteer work for Meals on Wheels, Hospice of Lubbock and University Medical Center. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lubbock, TX before moving to Aspen.
A celebration of Henry’s life will be at Woody Creek Tavern in Aspen during the Arkansas/Texas Tech football game September 19th. A memorial service will take place at Snowmass Chapel on Sunday September 20th at 11:30AM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter, PO Box 985, Aspen, Co 81612.