Alvin Lynn Patterson

Alvin Lynn Patterson, 69, of Waco, went to be with the Lord Friday morning July 17, 2020 at his home with his family at his side.

Due to the current COVID-19 mandates, the service will be private. Thank you for your understanding.

Private Funeral Service: Tuesday, July 21, at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel

Burial: Tuesday, July 21, at Rosemound Cemetery

Alvin was born July 22, 1950 in Sweetwater.  He served in the Texas National Guard from 1970 to 1976 where he made several jumps from airplanes and helicopters while in Airborne training. Alvin was the first student of the horticulture program at James Connally Institute in 1967. He was also the first graduate in 1971 with an Associates degree in horticulture and a bachelors degree in technical education. He then became an instructor and eventually program chairman of the horticulture and fluoriculture program at what became Texas State Technical Institute and later Texas State Technical College. After 20 years of teaching, he retired from TSTC and developed the Community Haven Program in Lacy-Lakeview and Bellmead. This program provided after school education/tutoring, community health clinics and assistance in building homes with Habitat for Humanity. Later, Alvin worked as a volunteer coordinator with Friends for Life, an organization that assists home-bound and shut-in individuals.

Alvin served many years on the school board at Connally Independent School district and was actively involved in the PTA and other community organizations. Alvin loved spending time with his wife, children and grand-children. Most of all, Alvin loved serving his Lord and Savior. He began his ministry in 1967 as a song leader. Over the remainder of his life, the Lord used his talents of music and teaching to serve in many capacities. He sang, played the accordion, led nursing home ministries, taught Sunday School classes, served as a deacon and was a disciple to many individuals.

Alvin is survived by his loving wife, Janice Patterson of almost 51 years; son, Keith and wife, Heidi Patterson of Van Alstyne, Texas;​ daughter, Michelle and husband, Michael Overcash of Forney, Texas; five beloved grandchildren, Aaron and Linnsay Overcash and Jonathan, Luke and Andrew Patterson; three siblings; brothers, Wayne and Kevin and wife, Goldie and sister, Diane; uncles, Wendell and wife, Suzie Patterson of Dallas, Doug Morris of San Angelo and Ray Morris and​ wife, Judy of Springfield, MO.

His family would like to thank the staff at Interim Health for their loving care of Alvin in his final days. They would like to mention a special thanks to Trisha, Sharon, Miriam, Patrice, Louie, Mike and Shanna.




Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. Hope god blesses you with fond memories, family love, and friendship. Thinking of you. Diane Green

  2. Chamayne M Burt

    Thinking of you and your family. May God hold you all tight through your time of grief. Prayers to you and your family.

  3. Keith Patterson

    Thank you for your thoughts/prayers during this time and for your friendship. God bless.

    • William Fitch

      Bro Keith, I know the pain of your loss and I want you to know I’ll always love ya’ll! I still think about those times at BCBC playing music! The Lord will sustain you through these days ahead!

  4. Janice, Michelle and Keith: Dan and I are so very sorry to hear this news. Please know that you are all in our prayers. May you find peace in the wonderful memories that you all shared in the coming days, weeks, months and years. We love you all.

    Dan and Susan Wright

  5. Janice, special thoughts of you and your family as you travel on without Alvin’s physical presence.
    I am thankful for having known him, rejoicing in that he left you all with the greatest gifts possible, a true Christian love to be forever shared.

  6. Eva Marie Greenup

    Janice I’m so sorry to hear this! Your family was such a blessing to ours. We will forever be part of the “Three P’s” and the memories will always be in my heart. Alvin did so much for so many. He will be missed but his preaching, humor and warm heart will always be remembered. You two were such an inspiration in my life and so blessed we had a great friendship. Alvin is rejoicing in Heaven, he is Singing and rejoicing with our Lord and Savior! Love you Janice and praying for God to wrap his loving arms around you and comforting you through this.

  7. Janice so sorry for your loss. You and Alvin will always be remembered for your giving spirit.Loving o and helping others.🙏🏻

  8. Jerry and Judy Goode

    So sorry for the loss of brother Alvin. We have missed him at church and will miss him still. He was my horticulture teacher at TSTC. I learned a lot that I have used and continue to use.
    You family has always been great examples and blessing to all. My you have comfort and peace at this time.
    Love in Christ,
    Judy and Jerry Goode

  9. Michelle Overcash

    Thank u very much 4 all ur thoughts & prayers!

  10. Debbie Pirelo

    Brother Alvin was a wonderful Christian with a precious family! He was always smiling! We will miss you Brother and love you very much! Peace and comfort to Janice and Family!

  11. Alvin will be missed, his sense of humor will be remembered, May Gods peace be felt abundantly for the entire family . Special prayer for all the G/Kids !

  12. April and Brad Kozak

    So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

  13. Nolan, Mindy, Logan and Braeden Skains

    We are sadden to hear this news. You all were so very welcoming to Nolan and I when we moved to Texas. Please know you all are in our prayers.
    God Bless you!

  14. When we think of Brother Alvin, good and faithful servant comes to mind, because he was always willing to serve his Lord!! His light definitely shined bright for all to see in all areas of his life! Our prayers for comfort and peace are with all of his wonderful family and friends.
    Willie and Jan McCaig

  15. Janice Patterson

    Thank you so much. God bless you!

  16. Brother Patterson was used by the Lord as the key person to direct me to Jesus and forever
    change the direction and purpose of my life. I came to TSTI for one purpose and left for the most important one: serving the Lord Jesus. I am so thankful for the Lord using him as a lighthouse in my life and the fact that he is with his blessed Savior! My prayers and condolences to all the family! Dennis Moore

  17. Rodney Krumnow

    I was saddened to here about Alvin’s passing and we are praying for all of you during this time. Alvin, taught me so much about landscaping and working with him doing landscaping was awesome. I enjoyed our friendship, but regret not visiting more . Janice, you and Alvin always made me feel very welcomed. The one consolation is that he finished his course and his now waiting on us.. it is awesome that he is now home. Love all of you, Rodney & Virginia

    • Janice Patterson

      Thank you so much for your sweet note. We have many special memories of you. God bless you both.

  18. Eddie and kay Robertson

    Your family has always been a blessing to us. Alvin was such a sweet and gentle soul. I’m so sorry for your loss but knowing he is resting with Jesus now is such a comfort. We love you and may God continue to watch over your special family. May God’s grace sustain you. I’m sure my mom and dad were waiting on him when he entered heaven’s gates.

    • Janice Patterson

      Thank you for taking time to remember Alvin. We love you all. I know he is enjoying fellowship with your parents and all those friends and family that have gone before him. God bless you all.

  19. Praying for the family of brother Patterson.🦋🙏🦋

  20. Kimberly Moore Denman

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the loss of such a kind and giving person. His life was a true testament of his faith. May you be comforted in the next days and years by all the wonderful memories until you meet again. God bless y’all and give you strength at this time.

    • Janice Patterson

      You are so precious to write such a sweet note. Thank you for remembering Alvin. God bless you.

  21. Derrell & Laura Smith

    I was shocked and saddened to read of Alvin’s passing this morning.
    Janice, Michelle, Kieth, and grandchildren may God’s peace and love comfort you.
    Good memories of Alvin’s music, Sunday school lessons, and friendship will always remain.
    God Bless all the family.

  22. I would like to extend our condolences to Alvin’s family. Alvin was a wonderful person, Christian. I loved hearing him sing in church. He had a heart for Christ. Our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. The Ramsey family. Pat Goodwyn, Sharon Dueitt, Gloria Nehring.

  23. Gloria Gauntt

    I was so saddened to read of Alvin’s passing in today’s paper. He and Janice were dedicated servants of the Lord and I enjoyed going to church with them many years ago and accompanying on the piano while Alvin led the singing. My condolences to all his family. May God bless and comfort you.

  24. Crystal Smith

    Thoughts and prayers to the family. Sid and I became closer to the Lord all because of Alvin. His teaching helped us step into truly learning Gods word.
    Blessings and peace,
    Sid and Crystal Smith

  25. Janice,
    Please accept my deepest condolences. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. I enjoyed my classes with Alvin at TSTC and getting to know him better through you and when he landscaped our yard.
    Sending healing prayers and a virtual hug,
    Lesley Bruce

  26. Raymond and Paula Carey


    There is a Home for you in Heaven.
    Where the streets are made of shining gold.
    Won’t you come to Jesus and let the Master save your Soul.

    Come and meet your Savior.
    He has Mansions in the sky.
    Be happy at Home with Jesus in the “Sweet By and By.”

    Just think, no pain or sickness nor crying ever heard.
    Our Home in Heaven will be the very best.
    Receive salvation from Jesus and be among the blessed.

    Jesus paid our sin price with one payment made in full.
    His precious blood for all He shed.
    It’s so wonderful to be alive in Jesus and not among the walking dead.

    Thank you Jesus for coming when no one else would do.
    We’ll give You all the power and glory as we look upon your Face.
    Thank you Lord for your mercy. Thank you for your grace.

    A Home one day in Heaven with the Creator of the Universe.
    Happy with Jesus where there’s no such thing as time.
    Can’t you hear the Master calling everyone to come and Dine?

    Raymond Carey

  27. He was my instructor 1975-1977 in the horticulture program. Those were fun days & fun memories. Hugs & prayers to the family.

  28. Robbie Blankenship

    Janice.. Words fail to express how much Alvin & you have been a blessing in my life. He was a great example of ‘Christ’-ian. Leader of the home, with strength& love. Setting an example. His voice is heard in Heaven now! Rest in the Lord’s strength my beloved sister in Christ. Anything I c
    an do let me know. In my prayers for you all robbi e blankenship

  29. Jon & Pat Gerard

    My heart is so sad over the home going of Alvin. He was a special person & Jon & I were privileged to have him as our deacon for many years. I so looked forward to him & Michelle singing together! He’s singing in God’s choir now with that beautiful voice & a big smile on his face! Praying for you & the family . We love you!

    • Janice Patterson

      What a blessing to read your kind words. Those were some wonderful days serving the Lord. God bless you both!

  30. Janice I too am saddened to hear of Alvin’s passing. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have reflected back on the many precious memories I have of time spent with you and Alvin. I am so grateful for all that the two of you have done for me. Please know that you and the family are in my prayers. Love to you all! Nancy

  31. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless.

    Love you all.
    Kay Overcash

  32. Donna Beth Norman

    So sorry for your loss. May God’s peace and comfort be with you all. I know how hard it is to loss those you love so dear. May He hold you in His loving arms as you grieve your loss and rejoice in his homegoing. God is good!

    • Janice Patterson

      How sweet of you to write such precious words. I know that you are still mourning your precious husband too. God bless you!

  33. Cindy Stephens

    We are praying for comfort and peace as the family grieves together. Things will never be the same here on Earth now that he is with Jesus in Heaven, but some glorious day you will see each other again!

  34. Elizabeth Pearson

    Keith, sending you and your family strong prayers, warm thoughts, and many, many virtual hugs. You will be ok, even if it’s hard to see the road from here to there right now. Be gentle with yourselves in the meantime.

  35. Janice and family…I’m so shocked and saddened to hear of Bro Alvin’s passing…I know he is singing hallelujah in Heaven that’s for sure…I have missed you and your family….take care….we are praying for you and the family for comfort.

    • Janice Patterson

      Thank you for remembering Alvin! We had some great times serving the Lord with you. God bless you!

  36. Kim Christian

    Keith , my heart goes out to you and your family. I know how much your dad meant to you and how much all of you will miss
    him. Sending my love and deepest sympathy.

  37. Praying for the Patterson family….
    May God comfort you in this time of loss.

  38. Dear Janice and all of the Patterson Family,

    Larry and I were so sad to hear of Alvin’s passing. We have so many happy memories of our time spent with you all in past ministry. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time.

  39. Janice Patterson

    Thank you so much! Yes we had some great times together. God bless you both.

  40. To the Patterson Family,
    My name is Larry Morgan, I was a student at TSTI back in the day, ( late 80’s I believe). Mr. Patterson was one of the two instructors we had. I am so sad to hear of his passing. If I learned anything back then it was because of him. He was demanding but in a nice way. He was down to earth and you could really talk to him about things. Everyone liked him and he was one of the better teachers there. My sister in law (Denise Morgan ) had called and told me. I live in Tenn. and work at a greenhouse near Nashville. I have been in the business now for almost 30 years and Mr. Patterson helped teach and guide me to do this. He was a special man to all of us in his class. May God bless him and his family.

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