GUYTON, Ga. — Emmett Franklin Patterson, 83, died April 22, 2020 at home. Patterson went peacefully in the night with his wife, Margaret Patterson, by his side. He was born March 13, 1937 in McEwen, Tenn. Patterson joined the Army in 1961 serving his country for 21 years. He obtained the rank of Sergeant First Class. After retiring from military service, Patterson was called into the ministry, pastoring several churches in Southeast Georgia. Eventually settling in Guyton, Patterson worked as a homebuilder and founded Safe Haven Church/Mission, where he remained as Pastor until his retirement. Patterson’s true and lasting legacy remains in the multitude of lives he touched with his undying devotion to Christ, his passion for God’s Holy Word, and his selfless love for his fellow man. One of the things Patterson loved most was sharing God’s love at area nursing homes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Ruby Patterson; his brothers, Charles Patterson and Howard Patterson; his sister, Linda Vandeveer; and step-daughter Rebecca Rose. Patterson is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Patterson; his children, Andrea (Kleve) Mathie, Frank (Angie) Patterson, Patty (Donald) Hickox, Kristy Patterson and Doug Lanier; his four sisters, JoAnn Patterson, Margie (Jerry) Jacobson, Vema Patterson and Connie Miller; one brother, Larry (Dana) Patterson; his 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. A funeral service will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be given in remembrance of Emmett Franklin Patterson to: Dementia Society of America – PO Box 600 – Doylestown, PA 18901 1-800-DEMENTIA (1-800-336-3684) Riggs Funeral Home of Guyton is in charge of arrangements.