Judge "Pat" Patterson dies after lengthy illness

A longtime, former chancery court judge in Forrest County has died.  Howard L. "Pat" Patterson passed away at a local hospital this afternoon after a lengthy illness.

In addition to his years on the bench, judge Patterson was also a devoted Lion's Club member and served as that organization's international president from 1997 to 1998.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete tonight.  Moore Funeral Home is in charge of those arrangements.

Judge Patterson was 75 years-old.