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Calvin Patterson Jr

July 13, 1934 — May 15, 2016

Calvin Patterson Jr.-Calvin Patterson Jr., 81, of Peoria, Illinois, passed away peacefully, Sunday, May 15, 2016 at his home. Calvin was born in Youngstown, Oh., on July 13, 1934 to Calvin, Sr., and Eliza (Yorbrought) Patterson. He was a 1954 graduate of Ryden High School where he excelled in academics and football. Calvin was a 1959 graduate of Buffton College where he played Allstate football. He later graduated in 1967 from Tennessee State University with a Masters Degree in Education. Calvin married Mattie Clark in 1957 and to their union 2 sons were born, Calvin Patterson, III and Kenneth M. Patterson, Mattie passed in 2004. He married Angelique D. Robertson on March 13, 2008; she survives of Peoria. He is also survived by his 2 sons, Calvin III and Kenneth both of Peoria; one grandson, Calvin G. Patterson IV; and one sister, Julia Watkins of Yougnstown, Oh. He is preceded in death by his parents; and 2 sisters; Carolyn Mack and Mina Dawson. Calvin loved spending time with his family. He roller skated with his wife,  Augustine, and grandkids at the age of 74 in Mossville to the sounds of "Boogie Nights". Driving the doon buggies at Cartsville was his personnal favorite thing to do in the summer time. He took motorcycle lessons for a planned ride with sport; he kept up with all the new statistics. Throughout his 10 year marriage to Angelique, he enjoyed the 2 of them taking communion and fellowship to those who were sick and shut-in, often times using  his own resouces. He never refused his wife's call for him to serve and assist in God's mission. Calvin spent the majority of his adult life as a school teacher. He was a mentor and role model to many of Peoria's Elite and some of our most loved residents. His most proud moments was being guest speaker at Peoria Christian School where his grandson attended. In 2015, Calvin threw himself an 81st birthday Celebration that was the pinnacle of his later retirement. All who shared in the celebration showed Calvin all the love of Jesus. He was humbled by the experience to have been shown so much love. Calvin culminated his many talents in a theater production where he played the role of an angel. He often spoke of being honored by Ms. Millie Hall in her book listing him amount the First Negro's of Peoria. Calvin was a faithful member and Certified Deacon at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church wher the funeral services was held, at 11 am, on Saturday May 21, 2016, with a visitation at 10 am. Calvin was laid to rest at Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown, OH., Simons Mortuary in Peoria, Illinios, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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