By Sabrina Bates
Houston Patrick was a gentle, kind man. Although he spent more than
three decades as an elected official in Weakley County, he was
described as a statesman, not a politician. His jovial spirit was
infectious to those around him. The community will soon mourn his
Patrick died Saturday at Diversicare in Martin. He was 84 years old.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Murphy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The former Weakley County mayor served as head of the county from 2006
until his retirement in 2014. Prior to leading the county, Patrick
spent 24 years as the Weakley County Register of Deeds. Handling the
day-to-day operations as Weakley County mayor, Patrick still found
time to serve not only his constituents, but his community. That
service-above-self disposition earned him the notable honor of Weakley
Countian of the Year during the 2012 Weakley County Chamber of
Commerce Awards Banquet.
During his tenure, Patrick worked hand-in-hand with partner counties
to focus on regional economic development. A Ken-Tenn Regional
Alliance was formed, encompassing six counties in northwest Tennessee
and Southwest Kentucky. Everett-Stewart Regional Airport of Union City
expanded its runway. Although Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. of Union
City closed its doors while he was in the mayoral office, Patrick’s
positive attitude shined through as he noted at the time the county
would feel the blow, but it would persevere through the growth of
In 2007, Patrick was named the Alumnus of the Year at East Central
Community College in Decatur, Mississippi. He earned an associate’s
from ECC, his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and
later completed his master’s in education from the University of
Tennessee. He was a veteran of the United States Army.
His service to worship lead him to Macedonia Primitive Baptist where
he served as pastor for 44 years.
Patrick is survived by his wife Maxine of 57 years; his son Joseph
and daughter-in-law Jennifer.
Read more in Tuesday’s edition of The Press
By Sabrina Bates