Virgie James Patterson, 103, of the Cedar Grove community near Cave City died Sept. 7, 2002, at her home.
Born on Feb. 18, 1899, at Mobley, she was the daughter of William Elijah and Martha Lewallen James. She was a homemaker and a member of Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church since 1911. She was a descendant of a pioneer family and lived within a few miles of her birth place.
Survivors include two sons -- Charles Wayne Patterson of Cedar Grove and Jack Patterson of Batesville; two daughters -- Peggy Jo Ross and Clara Cossey, both of the Cedar Grove; 11 grandchildren -- Dr. James H. Sanders III of North Carolina, John W. Sanders of Romania, Jack W. Sanders of Cave City, David Cossey of Cedar Grove, Ginger Sandy of Cedar Grove, Jeanie Patterson of Florida, Debra Shaw of Batesville, Lynda Kay Patterson of Marion, Patricia D. Wooldridge of Cave City, Susan Matthews of Batesville, and Lisa Patterson James of Conway; 24 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence L. Patterson; a son, James C. Patterson; an infant daughter, Girtha Fay Patterson; four brothers -- John James, Roe James, Porter James and Daniel James; seven sisters -- Martha Jane Bell, Sarah Ann Crabtree, Amanda "Sis" Rawlings, Minnie Burge, Lee Brogdon, Hester Stout and Laura Henley.
The funeral was Sept. 10 at Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church near Cave City with John Sanders officiating. Winford Sandy and Bobby Grimes both assisted. Burial followed at James Cemetery at Cedar Grove.
Pallbearers were Jack Sanders, David Cossey, Jim Sanders, Danny Sandy, Greg Matthews, Jay Janes, Rick Shaw and Terry Wooldridge.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Andy Davidson, Earl James, Phillip James and Leeman James.
Arrangements were under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.