Friday, July 25, 2008

Arnold Patterson: In Memoriam

Pastor Patterson passed away on December 6, 1980. Dr. Robert Whitmire remembered the first pastor of First Baptist Church, Lithia Springs by publishing the following in the Midweek Guide for December 10, 1980:

From my heart to you....."Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day," was the response of King David on hearing of his great general's death. Likewise our response is the same on the passing of former pastor and former member of our church, J. Arnold Patterson. A great man of God has laid aside his earthly mantle in exchange for an incorruptible crown. Our church grieves with his dear wife, Jewell, and the family in this time of loss.

Pastor Patterson served First Baptist Lithia Springs from April 7, 1946 until November, 1952.