Gerald Lee Pattillo went to be with his Lord Tuesday, June 5, 2018. He was born in Atlanta, Ga on March 1, 1930, and graduated from Murphy High School. Gerald then graduated from Georgia Tech majoring in Industrial Engineering. He worked as an engineer at Western Electric/AT&T his entire career. Gerald was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Betty Merritt Pattillo, his parents, Gerald A and Jesse Pattillo. He is survived by sons Jerry (Beth) Pattillo, and Charles Pattillo; daughters Linda (Ben) Sawyer and Leigh Pattillo Wilkinson; Grandchildren, Scott (Adrian) Pattillo, Jeff Pattillo, Brian (Taylor) Pattillo, David (Rebecca) Pattillo, Keri (Brian) Fosse, Andrew (Karen) Sawyer, Eric Sawyer, Molly Sawyer, Andrew Smith, Daniel (Bailey) Smith, Michael Smith; and 11 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister MaryAnn Brand, and brother Mike (Detra) Pattillo. A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, June 9th 2018 at Lawrenceville First Baptist Church with Rev. Lamar Holley officiating. Interment will follow at Decatur City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00am-noon, Saturday June 9th at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, Ga 30046, (770) 277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. The memories come flooding back….Making foil packs for the campfire, water proof matches, the “briefcase”, and of course Cumberland lake. Uncle Jerry will always be in those memories, what a fantastic Uncle, person and role model! And to think he is hugging Betty right now!!! just awesome. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Pattillo family !

  2. What a great Uncle. Growing up it seemed like he pretty much knew how to do everything. I remember the time he took me trout fishing in the great outdoors as a young child. As much as it hurts losing my Uncle on this earth, I can’t help but remember the love and admiration Uncle Jerry and Aunt Betty had for each other and I’m comforted knowing they are together again for eternity. What an amazing legacy that has been left through his children and grand children. My prayers are for all of you during this time.

  3. I worked with Gerry at Atlanta Works cable plant in product pricing group. We both were from East Lake section of Atlanta and I was a brief acquaintance of his brother Mike. Gerry was a good engineer who always had time to help others. He enjoyed talking about his son who would go to Ga Tech athletic events without a ticket and always managed to get in. To Gerry’s family: I am sorry for your loss and I wish you all the best. .

  4. Gerry and Betty were very active members of the “Fellowship Sunday School Class” for plus/minus ten years. After Betty’s passing in March of 2013, Gerry continued to be a regular attendee, up until his failing health made it very difficult for him to come. Even after Betty’s death, Jerry kept the class supplied custom printed prayer request letters, which the class would all sign. In turn we mailed out these letters to people who needed our class prayers.
    I think it was on Gerry’s eightieth Birthday, when his children all got together and had him picked up in a Humvee Limousine and escorted him and Betty out to dinner. He was so surprised! I am so glad The Lord led him into our lives . I got to know him and will miss him. My condolences go out to his family in their loss.

  5. Dearest Linda and your whole family, I grieve for the loss of your father, but rejoice that he is with your Mom and our Heavenly Father now. My prayers will be with you as you miss him, as I still miss my Dad whose been gone now for 10 years and Mom who has been with him for 3 years in Heaven. God bless and keep you and your family during this time. Love, Debbie Moody Kristiansen

  6. Pattillo family, I worked with and was mentored by Gerry for many years in Norcross. He was a fine upstanding and sometimes humorous. he was always very upfront and honest. I can say he is one of the people in my work life who made a great impression.
    I live in San Antonio now and we will be lifting up many prayers and appreciation for knowing him for he is home now.

  7. Sorry to hear about your lost I know it can be difficult to see the brighter side of things when we are faced with these trials but god does promise us that we will have a ressurection and soon we will be reunited with our loved ones again my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family (acts 24:15)

  8. Uncle Jerry- one of the best! Such a fun sense of humor – I will never forget his laugh and comments from the Christmas of the “briefcase”! Makes me smile even now! I never knew anyone that could do all that he could do- It was watching him build things that started me on the journey of making arts and crafts way back when. He will be missed on this earth but oh the joy that heaven brings! So thankful that is where he is. Praying for all of you and sending you lots of hugs!

  9. Linda, so sorry for your loss of your Dad! I wish you confort and peace during this time. I will keep you in my prayers.

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