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Bobby Patterson - Apr 1, 1942 - Sep 24, 2017

GUEST,Hootenanny 27 Sep 17 - 04:01 AM
GUEST,Mike Yates 27 Sep 17 - 09:08 AM
Vashta Nerada 27 Sep 17 - 10:17 AM
Vashta Nerada 27 Sep 17 - 10:19 AM
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Subject: Bobby Patterson Passes
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 27 Sep 17 - 04:01 AM

I have just seen a report on Banjo Hangout of the death of Bobby Patterson from Galax. Bobby was proprietor of the Heritage Record Label and responsible in great part in keeping the music alive. Through him we are able to listen to many important musicians from the area. He himself was a member of the Camp Creek Boys and a number of other groups. His father John Patterson was an old time fiddler.

Thanks Bobby, you will be missed.

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Subject: RE: Bobby Patterson Passes
From: GUEST,Mike Yates
Date: 27 Sep 17 - 09:08 AM

One of the really nice guys. His recordings of local musicians helped keep the Galax tradition alive. I will never forget the time that I spent with Bobby at his home, nor the time spent walking with him in the local countryside.

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Subject: RE: Bobby Patterson Passes
From: Vashta Nerada
Date: 27 Sep 17 - 10:17 AM

Bobby Frank Patterson

Bobby Frank Patterson
(April 1, 1942 - September 24, 2017)
Mr. Bobby Frank Patterson, 75, of Galax, VA passed away Sunday night, September 24, 2017, surrounded in the loving presence of his family and pastor. Bobby was born on April 1, 1942 to John and Ruby Patterson, in the Coal Creek community of Carroll County. Welcoming him, as well, was his older sister, Virginia. All of whom have preceded him in death. While throughout Bobby's lifetime he may have traveled many places, but Coal Creek has always remained his home.
On June 15th, 1975, Bobby brought his new bride Janet Igo to Coal Creek. Here they continued to grow and expand their family and life together over the next 42 years. Amongst those years they welcomed their children. Surviving is their daughter of Christiansburg, VA Keri Beth Barker (spouse Joe Barker) and son of Winston-Salem, NC Jonathan Andrew Patterson (spouse Sheena Patterson). One son, Robert Landon Patterson, of whom preceded him in death. Their life continued to flourish and bloom when they began welcoming grandchildren to the family. Surviving are 2 grandsons- Landon Barker (11) and Harris Patterson (6). 2 granddaughters: Kyleigh Barker (9) and Ruby-James Patterson (1). Bobby treasured his family greatly and the feeling was more than mutual. There was never a more patient, kind, loving husband, father, and grandfather. Many family memories abound. From car shows with his son, to flying paper airplanes in the yard with his grandchildren, to sharing dreams of hopes and creativity with his daughter, to after church naps in the car with his wife. The wonderful family memories are of infinite measure.

In addition to family, another passionate love and gift of Bobby's was music and recording. Bobby was an icon of the Galax and Blue Ridge Mountain music communities. His talent, heart, vision, commitment, passion, and willingness to help and assist others was a genuine attribute that he hosted. A multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Bobby played with Kyle Creed and The Camp Creek Boys, The Highlanders, The Heritage IV, and many other bluegrass, gospel, and old-time ensembles. Bobby and his long-time music companion of greater than 40 years, Willard Gayheart, have spent much of their life together. From the World's Fair in 1982, to now pickin' as a duet at the Blue Ridge Music Center. Through the years their harmonious tunes together have flowed golden, like honey. Bobby and Kyle also started a studio and record label, Mountain Records, together. Bobby went on to start his own record label, Heritage Records. As president of the Blue Ridge Music Makers Guild since 1999, Patterson worked with emerging youth musicians year-round, helped organize festivals and concerts, and promoted traditional music. As a leader in the Galax Moose Lodge (Governor 2006-07), he helped organize the annual Galax Old Fiddler's Convention—considered one of the oldest and largest fiddler's conventions in the world. Bobby was one of the first to be awarded the Virginia Heritage Award in 2009, and he was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in 2015.

Bobby was a man of such vibrance, joy, love, compassion, and selflessness. These are attributes that will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and the musical community.

The funeral service will be held at 1pm on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Snow Hill Baptist Church (1423 Snow Hill Rd Galax, VA) with Pastor Ernie Smith officiating. The family will receive family and friends Wednesday evening from 6pm-8pm at Snow Hill Baptist Church.

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Subject: RE: Bobby Patterson - Apr 1, 1942 - Sep 24, 2017
From: Vashta Nerada
Date: 27 Sep 17 - 10:19 AM

Virginia Commission for the Arts - Bobby Patterson

There are lots of interesting results from a Google search on his name and town.

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