Clifton Benjamin Patten

July 12, 1936 - October 27, 2019
Clifton Benjamin Patten

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Clifton Benjamin Patten, age 83 of Hampstead passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Clifton was born in Duplin County on July 12, 1936, to the late Robert Clifton Patten and Eva Mae Burton Patten.

Clifton was raised in Wrightsboro. He was a graduate of New Hanover High School. He was a proud Veteran of the US Air Force where he retired as a Senior Master Sergeant. After his retirement, he and his family moved to Hampstead. He was a member of Hampstead United Methodist Church, Orient Lodge # 395 AF&AM, where he held the distinction of Past Master serving in 1994 and 2015, a member of Wilmington Scottish Rite Temple where he held the distinction of 33rd Degree.  Clifton was a member of the Sudan Shrine Center and a member of the Sudan Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a member and Past Patron of Cape Fear Chapter # 346 Order of Eastern Star.

Clifton is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lorraine Perkins Patten; two daughters, Elisabeth Lorraine Patten-Fitzgerald and spouse Timothy, and Carmen Lynette Golden and spouse Joseph, grandchildren, Christopher Lyn Criswell, Clifton Lee Criswell, Jonathan Adam Hester, Stephanie Lorraine Fitzgerald, Emily Anne Fitzgerald; great-grandchildren, Miranda Paige Criswell, Clifton James Criswell, Lillian Jean Register, Zacchery Aaron Hendrickson, Zoey Erin Henderickson.; sister Mary Ann Jones; nieces and nephews and extended family members. He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Mae Patten Burgess.

Visitation for family and friends will be 6 to 8 pm Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

Memorial service is planned for 2 pm Friday, November 8, 2019 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel with US Air Force Military Honors and Masonic Memorial Honors.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children or St. Jude Childrens Hospital.

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  • October 28, 2019
    Keven Thomas says:
    Cliff was a great man. Very trustworthy. If you needed help he'd help, no questions asked. Also pretty good in the kitchen. My condolences to his family.

  • October 29, 2019
    Dennis C Reel says:
    I will for the rest of my life miss Cliff. He was a huge asset to Orient Lodge #395 & would help anyone!!! I'm sure that as I told Loraine today he's dancing & singing with his loved ones in heaven. I will see you again one day Brother!!! Until then,, May Jesus hold you close!!!

  • October 29, 2019
    John Shawver says:
    Masonic light is a little darker since Cliff has left us, he was a just and upright man, always willing to help or counsel at any time, I will surely miss this real man in my life.

  • October 30, 2019
    Bill Carney says:
    Cliff was such a kind and sweet man. He was a good friend of my parents as well. Condolences to his family and many, many friends..

  • October 30, 2019
    Willie & Ann says:
    Willie & I will forever miss this beautiful person who use to share his life’s stories with us..@ Hardee’s & he was a Masonic brother to Willie.