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Franklin Edward Patrick

Mr. Franklin Edward Patrick, age 88, of Barnesville passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 in an Upson County healthcare facility. Mr. Patrick was a native of Ft. Gaines but had lived in Barnesville for most of his life. He was the son of the late Mr. Hugh Franklin Patrick and the late Mrs. Julia Elizabeth Herman Patrick and was also preceded in death by his first wife, Elaine Leverett Patrick; by his brother, Oscar Herman Patrick; and by two sisters, Sarah Michael and Aurellia Craig. Mr. Patrick was a graduate of Gordon Military High School and attended Gordon College. He was truly a self-made man. Early in adulthood, he studied welding as an apprentice who wanted no payment other than the knowledge and training that he could receive. His first project was to build himself a wood lathe which was the beginning of a lifelong passion in woodworking and woodturning. Mr. Patrick started his own business and became the founder of the local woodturning group. His first large job was the staircase in the Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta in which all of the spindles were turned by hand. Among other examples of his work is the carousel at Six Flags Over Georgia. He even held a Guinness World Record for the largest hand turned wooden bowl in the world. Mr. Patrick was also employed by the city of Barnesville where, over the years, he served in several capacities including city zoning administrator and water works superintendent. Mr. Patrick was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army in both World War II and in the Korean Conflict. He was a Mason for the past 60 years and was a member of Pinta Lodge 88. Mr. Patrick was a member of the First Baptist Church of Barnesville where he had been a deacon. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy “Dot” Patrick; four children, Franklin E. Patrick and Christie) of Pooler, Gail Rooks (and Ricky) of Barnesville, Hugh Patrick (and Carole) of Barnesville and Linda Patrick of McDonough; three stepchildren, Tom Torbert (and Margaret) of Marietta, Johnny Torbert (and Nadine) of Barnesville and Christy Caldwell (and Bill) of Nashville, Tenn.; two brothers-in-law, Edgar Wright of Charlotte, N.C., and Wayne Leverett (and Vicky) of Savannah; five grandchildren, Tim Rooks (and Lauren) of Barnesville, Ryan Rooks (and Amber) of Barnesville, Heather Metcalf (and Donald) of Jacksonville, Fla., Wilson Patrick of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jason Dixon of Pooler, Ga.; five step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 12 step-great grandchildren; and two step-great-great grandchildren. Funeral services for Mr. Franklin “Frank” Patrick will be conducted Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Barnesville with the Rev. Garth Forster officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Williams Funeral Home on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to either the music ministry at First Baptist Church, 200 Zebulon St., Barnesville, Ga., 30204, or to the donor’s favorite charity. Those who wish may view the memorial page and sign the guestbook online at willlamsfh.net. Williams Funeral Home of Barnesville is in charge of arrangements, 770-358-1678.

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