The longtime state treasurer was buried Thursday.
Born: Jan. 13, 1924
Birthplace: Calhoun Falls, in Abbeville County
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Family: Married to Marjorie Faucett; six children and 13 grandchildren
Education: Attended Clemson University; received bachelor's and law degrees from the University of South Carolina
Political experience: Patterson was elected state treasurer after the 1966 death of four-term state Treasurer Jefferson Bates. Patterson went on to serve seven terms. He was defeated in 1994 but re-elected in 1998. He was treasurer until 2006, when he was defeated by Republican Thomas Ravenel, who subsequently resigned in a drug scandal.
Military service: Patterson was a fighter pilot in World War II, leaving active duty in 1946. He was recalled to active duty in the Korean War and during the Berlin crisis. Patterson was active in the S.C. Air National Guard for 40 years, earning the rank of lieutenant general.