Mr. Josephus Patrick, Jr was born to the union of Mr. Josephus Sr. and Bobbie Nell Patrick, on May 29, 1954. He was a 1972 graduate of Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, AL. After graduating high school, he attended and graduated from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL. While at Stillman, he pledged and became a member of Phi Beta Sigma. Josephus accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of New Bethel Baptist Church in Alexander City until he joined Bailey Tabernacle CME in Tuscaloosa, AL where he served as a Steward and was on the Finance Committee. He was extremely close to his church family and remained a very faithful member until his health declined and he moved back to his hometown of Alexander City, AL. Being a faithful servant of God, he continued to worship the Lord in spite of the struggles that he faced, and joined the Perfect Peace Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Emerson Ware, Jr.
"Joe", as he was affectionately known, worked for the City of Tuscaloosa as a police officer and retired as an investigative detective in 2001. Although he officially retired from the police department, he continued his career in law enforcement and became the Chief of Police at Stillman College. After leaving Stillman, he returned to work for the city of Tuscaloosa as a security officer. He held this position until he became ill and could no longer work.
Joe was loved and known by many and he loved his Tuscaloosa family and friends. He had a charming personality and was capable of making strangers feel like they were his friend. He enjoyed life and he enjoyed meeting people. One of the things that he loved to do the most, other than being with his family, was cooking, especially during the holidays and he was considered to be the "chef" in the family. He was a great cook.
Josephus was preceded in death by his father, Josephus Patrick, Sr and his sister, Linda (Diane Patrick) Alexander.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Mrs. Bobbie Nell Patrick of Alexander City, AL, one son, Josephus "Trey" Patrick, III (Mariah), of Birmingham, AL, one step-son, Kevin Brown of Cason, TX, Two sisters, Mrs. Terri Greene (Richard) and Mrs. Nancy Holley (Byron), both of Alexander City, AL. Three brothers, Mr. Edward Patrick, of Alexander City, AL, Rev. David Smith, of New Orleans, LA, and Mr. Jimmy Patrick (Michelle), of Athens, AL. One precious granddaughter, who was his pride and joy, Miss Josie Carrington Patrick, of Birmingham, AL and the love of his life, Mrs. Durless Patrick, of Tuscaloosa, AL, Two Aunts: Mrs. Ruby Barnes, of Milwaukee, WI, and Mrs. Arwilda Smith of Detroit, MI, one God-Sister, Jamie Sullivan of Dadeville, AL as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and co-workers.
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