Charles Edward “Charlie” Patterson was born June 22, 1957, to E.W. and Margaret Patterson in Morgan City, Louisiana. Charles worked as an oilfield backhoe operator for Gibbins, Inc., the family-owned business in Bowie, Texas, for 40 years. He was a volunteer fireman for several rural fire departments in the Bowie area for many years. He worked with his future brother-in-law at Gibbins, which is how he met Connie, his wife of 36 years.
Charles loved to raise cattle and garden, and he was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a good man, a born leader, the kind of guy you meet one time and remember his name. People were drawn to him and could easily talk and relate to him. Above all else, Charles was a proud family man who took good care of his family.
Like so many fellow firefighters, he lived and died with a passion to help others. Charles is survived by his wife, Connie Patterson, and his daughter, Bethany Patterson, of Bowie, Texas, and a large extended family. He will be remembered and forever missed with love and appreciation for his years as a devoted husband and father and for his service to the community.