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Dorothy Rainey Patterson

January 13, 1932 ~ March 26, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Dorothy Rainey Patterson Obituary

Ms. Dorothy Jean Rainey Patterson, 92, of Linden, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday March 26, 2024, at NHC nursing facility, in Dickson, Tennessee, after a brief illness.

Ms. Patterson was born in Lexington to the late William Earl Rainey and Fronia Denton Rainey. Dorothy, or “Nini”, as she was affectionately called was a member of the Linden First Christian Church for over 70 years, and taught children’s Sunday School there, for approximately 40 years. She was proud of her small Church, and, was always encouraging people to go to Church. Her proudest moments were being there for her children, and her grandchildren’s Baptisms.

Dorothy was a very successful business woman, and always tried to give back to her community. She, and her two sons, took over Pat’s Inc., in the mid 80’s, and hired lots of Perry County residents, in the office, and out in the field. Her employees considered her a friend more than an employer. She, along with her sons, were never afraid to tackle a new business adventure. They had several businesses that ventured to other towns. She was very active in her community and considered a pillar of Perry County.

Dorothy was a long standing member of the Linden Bridge Club for over 70 years, and was still actively playing until she retired in 2018. She will be terribly missed by her family and friends.

Ms. Dorothy was married to Edwin Patterson for 34 years and together had 4 children. She was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Jean Alyne Patterson Dotson, in 2020. In addition to her daughter and parents she is also preceded in death by her brothers Jimmy “Flea” Rainey, and Joe Rainey, her sister Edna Earl Hickerson, and her beloved brother-in-law, Fred Lee Hickerson, and sister-in-law, June Rainey.

Survivors include her oldest daughter Donna (Tommy) Lee, of Dickson, Tn, her two sons Herbert “Bert” (Dalyn) Patterson, of Linden, Tn, and William Earl “Bill” (Lorrie) Patterson, of Nashville, Tn, seven grandchildren which include Rachael Patterson, of Linden, Tn, Sarah (Shane) Burcham, of Dickson, Elizabeth (Michael) Bugbee, of Murfreesboro, Tn, Lawson (Jordan) Lee of Dickson, Tn, and Suzanne, Jack and Mary Caroline Dotson, all of Murfreesboro, Tn, four great-grandchildren Scarlett Burcham, and Fuller, Georgia, and Rainey Bugbee, two brothers, Dale (Deborah) Rainey of Trussville, Alabama and Alton “Buddy” Rainey of Waynesboro, Tn, special nieces and nephews Sonya Dudley, Michelle Hobbs, Lisa Randall, Sammy Rainey, David Rainey, Sharon Erisman, Valerie Rigsby and Diana Griggs.  

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Dorothy's name to the Linden First Christian Church or Rainey Cemetery.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
March 29, 2024

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Christian Church
Main Street
Linden, TN 37096

Visitation
Saturday
March 30, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
First Christian Church
Main Street
Linden, TN 37096

Funeral Service
Saturday
March 30, 2024

1:00 PM
First Christian Church
Main Street
Linden, TN 37096

Interment
Saturday
March 30, 2024

2:00 PM
Rainey Cemetery
Old Hwy 13
Linden, TN 37096

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