If someone asked me to describe E.H. Patterson, my answer would be, “He’s a man of God.”

I loved to hear E.H. preach, pray, teach, testify and sing. He did all those things to honor and glorify his Lord and Savior.

When E.H. prayed, you knew he had an audience with God. What a blessing it was to hear him pray during worship services at Liberty Baptist Church.

Another thing E.H. believed in was the Great Commission. He had compassion for lost souls, and he wasn’t afraid to ask someone if they knew where they were going to spend eternity.

On Oct. 19, E.H. went home to Heaven at the age of 82. I believe the Lord greeted him and said, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

E.H.’s wife, Faye, passed away five years ago. I believe she was there to greet him too when he entered Heaven’s gates. E.H. and Faye were a perfect match, and they spread love, laughter and good cheer wherever life led them during their many years of marriage.

I’m thankful death can’t steal a person’s legacy, because E.H. left behind a powerful legacy of what it means to be a Christian, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He made a positive impact on me since childhood, because I grew up alongside his daughters, Pam Biddle and Kim Logan, and his son, Mark.

E.H. and Faye loved the Asbury schools and were two of the most loyal supporters of the Ram Nation. In my mind, I can still see them sitting near the court in Frank Baker Gymnasium, cheering for the Asbury High School basketball teams.

Mark drove E.H. to Asbury Stadium when the Rams played their first home football game last August. E.H.’s health wasn’t great then, but he wasn’t going to miss watching his Rams make history.

My life is better because E.H. Patterson was my friend and encourager. Praise God from whom all blessings flow, and praise Him for the blessing of E.H. Patterson.

Shannon J. Allen is sports editor for The Reporter. He can be reached at shannon.allen@sandmountainreporter.com.

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