Dr. Charles's Story
Dr. Charles W. Patton, 84, of Neshannock Township passed away peacefully at his home on Nov. 9, 2017. His love of his family and firm belief in God gave him great comfort in his final days.
Chuck was born on May 13, 1933, to William G. and Amy (Yard) Patton.
He graduated from New Castle High School in 1950 and attended Youngstown State University. He graduated from University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry in 1958 with a degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1964 with a degree in Master of Science in Orthodontics. He also served as a United States Naval Dental Officer at Camp Lejeune, N.C., prior to returning to New Castle to establish his dental practice of 40 years.
He loved his wife Shirley dearly and married her on Aug. 28, 1954. They were married for 63 years, and she survives him at home.
Together, they were blessed with four children and seven grandchildren: Marcie Patton and Judy (Bruce) Boggs of New Castle, Dr. Andy (Sue Ellen) Patton on New Wilmington and Tracy (Douglas) Johnson of Richfield, Minn.; and grandchildren, Kayli (Daniel) Free of London, England, Elena Patton of Bryn Mawr, Pa., Brian Boggs of New Castle, Jack and David Patton of New Wilmington, Pa., and Erin and Tanner Johnson of Richfield, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ruth English; and three brothers, Robert, Gayle and Paul. He was also preceded by his mother-in-law, Margaret Hill.
Chuck had no greater joy than sharing time with his family.
Chuck had many people he considered his extended family, including three exchange students, special Ukrainian friends, fellow believers, his office staff, and many dear friends and neighbors.
Investing in the lives of the people he loved was his greatest accomplishment, but he also invested his time, talent and treasure to make lasting contributions to many organizations, including New Life Baptist Church (New Wilmington, Pa.); First Baptist Church, where he served as Search Committee chairman, Building Committee chairman for the Maitland Lane relocation, Sunday School teacher, Trustee and Mission Board Chairman.
He served on the Middle-East Baptist Conference Missions Board, Baptist General Conference Home Mission Board, Bethel University Board of Trustees and the Neshannock Township School Board (President).
He was a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics, Pa. State Society of Orthodontists (President), Pa. Dental Association and Lawrence County Dental Association (President).
He also served on the boards of WCRF radio station, the City Rescue Mission and New Castle Christian Academy.
After retiring from orthodontics, he served as the Director of Mission at First Baptist Church for eight years, where he was instrumental in promoting mission fields around the globe to spread the word of God. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, he led several mission trips to Ukraine and grew to particularly love the people there. He will be remembered for his love and involvement in the lives of many, and his commitment to the Lord. His favorite Bible verse was Micah 6:8, "And what does God require of you, to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." His lifelong passion was to share the love of God with everyone he met, even in his final days.
Visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 13, 4 to 8 p.m. at R.Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., at 2429 Wilmington Road. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Warren Sullivan of New Life Baptist Church. Interment will be at Oak Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made in Chuck's name to New Life Baptist Church, Ukraine ministry, 3414 State Route 208, New Wilmington, Pa. 16142 or online at www.mynlbc.com or Coalition of Christian Outreach, in care of Tom Rapchak, 5912 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15206 or online at www.ccojubilee.org (Rapchak).
Arrangements are by the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., where online condolences may be offered at www.cunninghamfh.com.
Published on November 12, 2017