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Please be faithful in prayer for the Family of Nickolas "Nick" Harrell Patton. Nick, as he was known, died suddenly this past Saturday evening. A Service of Remembrance and Honor will be held on Wednesday, Nov 6th at 2 pm in the Sanctuary.  A Time of Visitation will follow the service at Texarkana Country Club. Please be faithful in prayer for his beloved wife, Sally, children- Jennifer Patton Favi, John, Pat, Andy Woodman, grandchildren, all of Nick's family and friends.

Nicholas Harrel Patton

July 25, 1939 - November 2, 2019

Nick Patton found the best in each person he knew and loved. Whether it was keeping tabs on teenagers who took a misstep and asked for help, or in guiding new law school graduates through the legal processes that reached a solution—Nick had patience and was wise. He mentored countless young and old alike to help them navigate life. He was an outstanding lawyer, a father, a husband, a friend, a golfer, a fisherman, but most of all he was loyal and never left the side of those he cared about and served. No telling how many times he covered an expense for a friend or relative, reduced a contingency, paid another’s debts, but for sure—he never talked about it when he did. His mathematics skills were sharp and helped him analyze products that failed in order to help the injured.

Nick was born July 25, 1939, the son of John William and Mary Jane Patton, the brother of John Patton(Anne), Robert(Susan), sister Sue Patton Mosley(David). Medicine, law and accounting; “smart” ran in the family. He grew up in Lewisville, Arkansas and was educated at the University of Arkansas both as an undergraduate and at THE law school. He enjoyed his tenure teaching at the University of Arkansas Law School and was a favorite instructor there. Nick received many honors during his long career, among them serving as President of the Texarkana Bar Association, being named Outstanding Trial Lawyer of 1994 by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, becoming a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the International Society of Trial Lawyers.

He did not find fault with anyone and genuinely loved his legal colleagues, his many friends throughout the State of Arkansas, and here at home. Most of all, he loved his boys and daughter, and his wife of forty one years, Sally. He always enjoyed a good Burge’s turkey sandwich and a ride in a boat. His hobbies ranged from photography to writing to going to rivers and coasts to let the wind blow in his hair. He enjoyed golf, fishing, and being anywhere the Razorbacks were playing. His biggest smiles were when he had a kid on his knee.

Nick had a brilliance that not only cut through problems and shone in the way he conducted himself in work and personal settings. He listened well and kept confidences. He wanted Sally to be beside him all the way, and she was. We share the sadness that comes with loving and losing a loved one with his family of Nick Jr., Jennifer Patton Favi, John, Pat, and Andy Woodman and his twelve amazing grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

We honor the life and values of this gentle man. His life matters and will be remembered. We would like to give a special thanks to the staff at The Oaks Memory Care Center for the love and care they gave him in the last months of his life. A memorial service will be held at 2pm Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, 400 E. 6th St., Texarkana, AR with a reception following at Northridge Country Club. Memorials may be given to Alzheimer’s Alliance, 100 Memory Lane, Texarkana, Texas 75503, First United Methodist Church, Texarkana, AR or to a charity of your choice.


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400 E. 6th, Texarkana, AR 71854
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