Celebrating the life of Walter Patrick
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He attended the Truxillo public school in Amelia, VA, and completed his high school education at West Side High School, Newark, NJ. At a young age he accepted Christ as his personal savior and joined the Union Branch Baptist Church in Amelia before moving to New Jersey where he joined and fellowshipped with the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in East Orange, NJ. That’s where his love for singing and ministry started.
Reverend Patrick was inducted into the U.S. Navy during World War II and served his country in the South Pacific mostly on the USS Bluegill submarine. After returning from the war he worked for Public Service now known as Transport of New Jersey for over 27 years and held positions from garage man to electrician inspector.
In 1947, he married his childhood sweetheart and love of his life Lillian Marie Barley (deceased). They were blessed to enjoy sixty-five years together. Born to this union a son, Walter Wayne Patrick (deceased) and two daughters Sandra Perkinson and Linda Patrick.
He was called to the ministry and licensed to preach in June of 1966. He served as an Associate Minister at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Later he was ordained and served as Pastor of the St. Peter’s Baptist Church of Newark, NJ for five years. To further his education, he attended Northeastern Collegiate Bible Institute of Essex Falls, NJ where he studied Theology and Christian Education in the Local Church.
After relocating back to Amelia in 1973, he worked for 12 years as a school bus driver, a driver education behind the wheel instructor and a school bus driver instructor with the Amelia County Public Schools. On April 1, 1990, the Bowles Bible Institute in NJ conferred upon him an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity on his knowledge of the bible. He served as Pastor of the Beulah Baptist Church of Chesterfield for 16 years, The Bethia Baptist Church of Amelia for 13 years and the Little Union Baptist Church. He also reconnected with his home church The Union Branch Baptist Church. He was a member of the Hampton University Ministers Conference of Hampton, VA and Executive Board Member of the United Baptist Protective Association and Allied Bodies of Amelia, Prince Edward and Nottoway Counties.
Rev. Walter Patrick as a Family man and as a Friend was loved by everyone and he loved them back. He was the heart of his family. He made sure they were all okay and stayed connected whether they were in Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC and Georgia. He loved to tell stories of his youth, family and his Navy adventures. There are tidbits written about him in the book BLACK SUBMARINERS in the United States Navy 1940-1975 by Glenn A. Knoblock. In 2002 and 2005 he was able to attend Naval Submariners Reunions in Branson, Missouri and Atlanta, Georgia with his Captain and some of the crew from the USS Bluegill. He was chaplain of the WWII Submariners Chapter in Virginia, based in Smithfield. While working for ACPS he would go to the elementary school and read to the students. On Fridays he and his wife would go to the Amelia nursing home to sing and give service to the residents. He also enjoyed his livestock, gardening and planting his flowers. While pastoring, he always incorporated the youth of the church in the service, created programs and outings just for them. At the last, he loved to drive, even way up in age he would drive all over as long as his wife and Linda were with him. After he was no longer able to drive when we were going somewhere, he would always offer to drive saying, “We going in my car or yours, or I can drive.”
Reverend Patrick leaves to cherish his fond memories, his daughters: Sandra Perkinson (Randolph) and Linda Patrick of Amelia, VA, Grandchildren: Jeffrey Perkinson, Jenaya Baker (Phillip) and Jennifer Perkinson of Amelia, VA, Joi Jarmon (Alfred) of Baltimore MD; Raybenz Cook of Norfolk, VA; Great- grandchildren: Sydnie Baker, Phillip Baker, Megan Baker, Ayden Delaney, Aria Delaney and Allyson Jarmon; Step Great-Grandson Malachi Jarmon; Sisters-in-Law: Geraldyne Scott and Bettie F. Barley; Friends: Reverend Robert Morrest, Reverend Altony Foote, Deacon Thomas Booker and Deacon Wendell Scott, Nieces, Nephews, a host of relatives and friends.
Reverend Patrick had a rich background of churchmanship, excellent personal qualities and all the traits of a great leader. His philosophy was founded on God’s command to Moses for the salvation of the children of Israel. “Speak to the children that they go forward” (Exodus 14:15). When the sea is wide and the storm is running high, and we are blocked on every side, go forward; we must go forward. Also do a great work and stay on the wall until the building is completed. (Neh. 6:13).
Public Viewing: Tuesday, February 16, 2021, from 12-7pm at the Hawke's Funeral Home in Amelia, Va.
Service: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 10am at Hawkes Funeral Home, Amelia, VA.
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Interment: Private - Virginia Veteran Cemetery in Amelia, Va.
Michael W. Hawkes Funeral Home of Amelia in charge of arrangements.
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