James Franklin Patton, 82, career Air Force

August 07, 2004

James Franklin Patton, a retired career Air Force officer who later worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp., died of pneumonia July 31 at a nursing home in Hendersonville, N.C. The former Annapolis resident was 82.

Mr. Patton was born and raised in Asheville, N.C., where he graduated from Biltmore High School and was an Eagle Scout.

In 1941, he enlisted in the Army Air Service where he was assigned as a flight engineer to the ferry command that delivered new planes to bases in North Africa, Europe and China.

He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1952 from Parks College of Engineering and Aviation at St. Louis University, and he was commissioned an officer in the Air Force.

He later completed graduate studies at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, and he served as project manager for the Airborne Warning and Control System project.

He retired in 1965 with the rank of major, and his decorations included the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award with four bronze oak leaf clusters, and the National Defense Service Medal.

After moving to Baltimore in 1965, Mr. Patton went to work at Westinghouse, where he was again assigned to the AWACS project. He retired in 1983.

Mr. Patton enjoyed golfing and coaching Severna Park Little League baseball teams. He also liked traveling in his recreational vehicle with his wife and family.

The former Severna Park and Annapolis resident moved to Hendersonville in 1995.

Services with full military honors for Mr. Patton will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 20 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Mr. Patton is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Truman Bryan; two sons, James F. Patton III of Austin, Texas, and Jonathan Patton of Winter Park, Fla.; two daughters, Robin Patton McAliley of Kennesaw, Ga., and Penelope Patton Evans of Stevensville; and eight grandchildren.

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