James Edward Patterson 51 passed away suddenly on Monday, July 15th, 2019 at the Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville.  His funeral service will be held on Friday, July 26th from 11:00am-1:00pm at Wages and Sons Funeral Homes located at 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA. 30043. James was born on June 2nd, 1968 to the late Ethridge and Betty Jo Patterson.  He worked for Sprint as an IT Supervisor Production Operations for over 18 years.  James was married to his wife Kimberly and had a beautiful little girl Samantha.  He was a hard working and dedicated husband and father.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, his pal Newman and had a passion for cars. My husband was such a wonderful and loving man.  I’m not sure I can really express just how much I am going to miss him.  James’ greatest strength was the ability to make everyone feel comfortable and at ease.  We have been together close to 20 years and have been married for almost 14 of them.  I will cherish all the wonderful memories of him with much happiness. James was always a gentleman and always put the needs of others ahead of himself.  His joviality and good nature attracted people the moment he walked in the room, and no one could forget his witty remarks and contagious smile. Born in Kentucky, his love for cars started at a very young age with his dad and continued onwards with his daughter Samantha.  James loved spending time at the racetracks, going to car events and cruising with his Mopar family.  His most prized possession was his daughter Samantha.  James was a wonderful father to her and I loved watching him be a part of her daily life and activities.  He was also a hard working and giving man.  Not only was he committed to his job – working long hours, he also gave back to the community through charity events.  He also encouraged us to be involved in life; he brought out the best in us all. James was my soul mate, my best friend and my inspiration – my steadfast rock that helped me through the good and bad times.  He loved and supported us all, and was always there to help navigate through life’s challenges.  James was taken from us way too soon.  He may be in heaven now but I know he’s looking down on us all with a big smile on his face.  James was survived by his wife Kimberly, daughter Samantha, brother Randy and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.  I will not say goodbye but until we meet again.  I love you my sweet husband, Rest In Peace my love. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30046. (770) 277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com.

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  1. May his passion for life be with you always. So very, very sad for your loss. We love you Kimberly and Sammie.

    Lynn and Mike

  2. James’ smile and the love he had for his family will always stay with me… my thoughts and prayers go out to all that knew and loved him….

  3. Was great to know you and your wonderful family. You were such a great man husband father. I am glad i met and got to know you. You will be missed so much.

  4. James had a smile and attitude that I am going to miss deeply. My prayers to his family are that the tears and anguish of this loss are soon replaced with the cherished memories of his love.

  5. My sweet friend, I’m Sharing in your sadness as you remember james!
    I asked the lord to give you the strength you and Sammie need at this sad moment.
    Send you our love to you both.

  6. James will sorely be missed by many he called family instead of friends. My heart goes out to his wonderful wife Kimberly and his wonderful daughter Sammy. May we all remember the way he was for real. Happy and loving and adored his wife and daughter. Wish more folks were like him. Until we meet again in heaven sir race for eternity and we will all see you again. R.I.P James.

  7. J.P.
    People may come and go in this life, but good people are a rarity. You were one the best and will be missed.

  8. Never saw James without a smile. Sad that April will be our last trip for a while.
    Rest easy friend!

  9. With a heavy heart and eyes welled in tears, Emily and I solemnly look back on the many blessed moments of great joy James brought with him. How his smile, kindness and friendship graced so many lives. He shall be missed in ways words fail to describe. Our condolences and prayers are with his family, his loving wife and the light of his eye, his precious daughter. We join all in mourning during this tragic time and ask the Lord to lighten the despair felt as reflection of past times, memories James has left us with bring a bit of comfort and peace. James we all love you, always will we speak of you warmly and never shall you be forgotten. God Bless

  10. Only knew you for a short time, but those days will always be remembered. I found you to be a kind of quiet guy but funny and nice to be around. May you rest in peace James and many prays for your family. Me and the wives heart goes out to you.

  11. Our prayer and condolences. James was a great man and a friend. Will be missed by all.🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  12. Beth and I pray for Kimberly and Sammie over the loss of such a wonderful husband and Father. We grieve the loss of a wonderful friend but Heaven gained a wonderful Angel. Race in Peace friend!

  13. A very special and kind man, who touched everyone’s heart he met. James, you left us too soon. I will miss your smile and laugh. I only wish I knew you sooner. RIP brother.

  14. Prayers for you and Sammie.
    That God will touch you both with his healing hand, give you both the comfort and peace you will need to get through.
    Terry and Monica Mirkes

  15. James never met a stranger. His smile and humor was always with him. Love of his family was evident each and every day. He became a friend the moment you met him. He will be missed but remain in our hearts forever.

  16. The quickest way to James’ heart was a spicy bowl of chili and the roar of a HEMI. Both things I shared with him. I hope the good Lord allows you to soup up those wings!! Until we meet again.

  17. As a high school friend, you Bud, were one of the best. ALWAYS kind, funny, sharp minded and just a wonderful person to be around. Always ready to lend a helping hand. Grieving the loss of a kindred spirit. Praying earnestly for Kimberly and Sammie And Newman. God Speed, my friend.

  18. James, it was a pleasure and a privilege meeting you and spending time with you and being included in Hemi-Fever. You and I kidded around as “pants being optional” due to our work at home status. Your joy for your beautiful wife and Sammie were always first and foremost and I will pray for their care, love & support. Pants are optional in Heaven James. Next batch of cookies I bake are for you. Rest in Peace. Jill

  19. Kimberly many prayers are coming you and Sammie’s way for God to give you the strength to carry on and to know He will always be at your sides.

  20. Our thoughts and prayers are with James family. James was a great person and friend. He always had a smile on his face and he would do anything for you . He loved his wife and daughter so much you could always see the love in his eyes in the pictures he shared on Facebook. I wish I had gotten the chance to know him longer. James you will be missed dearly but I know you will still be racing your challenger in heaven and looking down on the rest of us with your big smile on your face. RIP brother

  21. To the man we called “Y’all”. It was a honor growing up with you, hanging out, spending weeks at the beach back in Highschool with you and the crew but most importantly it is a honor to be your friend. We all love ya bro.

  22. May you rest in peace, James.

    My heart goes out to you Kimberly and Sammie. Thought and prayers and sincere condolences.

    He was a wonderfully sweet person who cherished his family, was blessed to have an amazing family! And loved by everyone who knew him.

  23. Kimberly, I am so sorry to learn of James’ passing. Kim and I will be keeping you and Sammie in our thoughts and prayers.

  24. Keeping you in my thoughts, Kim. I hope you find comfort in the support and love around you and Sammie

  25. Such a great guy met you a few times always made me laugh you will be sorley missed prayers for your family.

  26. Keeping you Kimberly & Sammie in fervent prayer for God’s peace & comfort during your time of sorrow, May the blessed memories of your beloved James be your comfort too – to remember is to love!

  27. So very, very sorry for your loss Kimberly and Sammie. Our hearts truly ache for you. Sending you all our love and prayers for the days ahead.

  28. Dearest Kimberly and Sammi,
    Wishing you both strength to get through this tough time. Our deepest sympathies.

  29. I’m so sorry to hear this, this has really saddened my heart. I know how he loved his family. It was a pleasure working with him. You all will definitely be in my prayers.

  30. So incredibly sorry…praying for hope and healing for your family..He had such a love for life and his family..your family is in my thoughts at this difficult time

  31. Thinking of you and Sammie at this sad time. Our hearts are breaking for your family. You are in our prayers.

  32. My heart breaks for you but I know that God will give you courage and the strength during this difficult time.

  33. James will be forever in our hearts. His Peach State Challengers family sends our sincerest prayers, thoughts, and condolences to the family and friends of such a great man.

  34. James was always warm and friendly to all of us when we saw him. Our heart breaks to hear this news. We are praying for you both Ms. Stephanie and Sammie and your entire family. We will miss seeing you all.

    Shonda, Michael, Makayla, Miele, & McKinley

  35. Kimberly and Sammie, may you be surrounded with love during this difficult time.

    In love and peace,
    Andrew, Erin, Metta & Eden Cox

  36. Our hearts are heavy thinking of your great loss, Miss Kimberly. I hope you and Sammie find peace and comfort in the days to come. Please let me know if we can help in any way.

  37. James was a wonderful man. Smart, funny, caring, and always smiling. We worked with James for many years. He was a great partner and an extension of our FICO family. We will miss James dearly.

    Shawna Morgan, FICO

  38. James was a true business partner and friend. We worked through good and tough times and he always had a positive, understanding attitude that allowed our businesses to flourish over time. He will be missed terribly by the FICO family.
    It is a great honor to have known and worked with him.

    Kristal Butler, FICO

  39. My deepest prayers to James’ family. I had the greatest pleasure to work with James and get to know him. He was always smiling and always offered a hand to help. He will be missed dearly.

  40. James was a great partner in the FICO Sprint partnership. He kept us accountable but always delivered a friendly smile and a pat on the back when needed. James you will be sorely missed. Prayers for peace and comfort for James’s family.

  41. Kimberly and Sammie, so sorry to hear of your loss. James was taken far too soon. I always enjoyed the photos he shared of you and Sammie on Facebook and Instagram. It was totally obvious he adored you both.

  42. James was my roommate in Americus while I was at Georgia Southwestern State Univ. and in the Atlanta area (we lived in Norcross). There are so many stories I have from the many Braves games and the many concerts we went to together. We worked at Jumpin Johnny’s liqour store in Americus in the early 90’s. There are also so many random daily stories that come back to me from just living with him for a few years. He was always such a caring and loving person. This memories will live on in me forever and how I will cherish them even more now. He loved Kimberly as much as I have ever seen a man love a woman. She loved him the same. He will be dearly missed by all of us but I am sure mostly by his wife and daughter. God rest his soul.

  43. Kimberly, we love you and we’re praying for you and Sammie in this harrowing time. I am so sorry for your devastating loss.

  44. James was well regarded and respected by everyone who worked with him during his 18 years at sprint. He was dedicated and talented leader and always a top performer. As a team members we could always rely on James to help get the job done no matter how complex it was. As a friend we could always look forward to his positive and joyful personality to make our day better. Above all he was a loving husband and father. We all enjoyed the stories he shared about his family like going to the Father Daughter dance and Tae Kwon Do practice with Sammie or traveling to Canada to visit his wife Kimberly’s side of the family. He will be missed and remembered forever by those of us who were blessed to have known him.

  45. During our countlest years together at Sprint and Nextel, he was always kind and knowledgeable. I will miss his calmness when trying to drive resolution on a system issue. God speed my friend.
    Love and prayers to you and your family.

  46. James was always a welcome voice over our conference calls and in meetings during our many years at Nextel, then Sprint. James is already deeply missed! Kimberly and Sammie, please know he spoke of you and his adventures often and I could tell he adored you! It was lovely to hear… Loving thoughts and prayers are with you and his family. My deepest sympathies.

  47. I knew James a great many years and it was always an honor to partner with him. He was always very kind and considerate of every aspect of things. He will be greatly missed. Deepest Condolences.

  48. Ms Kimberly our prayers and thoughts are with you and Samatha. Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences.

  49. It started when I helped James order his Challenger. We could tell right away that we were cut from the same cloth. We even got to share some track time together about 4 years ago. James never had a cross word to say about anyone, and always saw both sides of the story, no matter which side he was on. My heart goes out to everyone lucky enough to have known him. Rest In Peace, my friend.

  50. Man James , I still can’t believe your gone. We were friends for over 20 years. I hope that I was good friend to you over the years. I can’t count the times we ate at Hooters. You , Sean , and I had some late nights as well. I will keep those stories between us. I take pleasure in knowing how happy you were if life. You had the family you always wanted and loved. You will be missed bud.

  51. It was a true pleasure working with James at Sprint. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his many friends.

  52. Ms Kimberly & Samantha, our most heart felt condolences and prayers are with you all. Watching James be such a wonderful husband & father was truly a pleasure to experience. His presence was kind & peaceful and we adored having him as a part of all the recitals & family gathering (and picture taking!). His loyalty & love to his family & friends was so apparent to all. May you find peace & comfort in your beautiful memories of time spent with him. Love to you all!

  53. My condolences to the family for your loss. James was a client and it was pleasure working with him. He will be missed.

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