James Gibbs Patrick, Sr.

TIFTON -- James Gibbs Patrick, Sr., 89, of Omega, died Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, February 23, 2012, in the Omega Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Smith and Dr. Terrell Ruis officiating. Burial will follow at the Omega City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors.

Mr. Patrick's grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Deacons of Omega Baptist Church and M. C. Hawkins, Jones Ponder, Ford Spinks, Milton Mercer, Ellis Whittington, Pait Willis, Thomas Patrick, David Keith, Edwin Walker, Rob Reinhardt, Joe Manning, Dale Pflug, Jimmy Allen, Frank McGill, Donald Smith, Ed Powell, James Johnson, Marilio Vasquez, Scott Turner, Tony Weaver, Jason Hurst, Bill Weaver, Willie Wallace, and Cecil Green will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Mr. Patrick was born January 21, 1923, in Tift County to Charles Russell Patrick and Millie Gibbs Patrick, both of whom preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Clarke Patrick, who died in 2004; two brothers; and four sisters.

Mr. Patrick had lived in Tift County all of his life. He attended Omega High School and the University of Georgia where he studied Agriculture. He was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran, having served in the Pacific from 1943-1946. When he returned home he began his career in farming with his father, Charles Russell Patrick. Farming has been Mr. Patrick's passion all his life. He loved tilling the soil and seeing things grow. He always said farming was a very rewarding life. Mr. Patrick's motto was: "Doing For Others."

Patrick Farms has been a member of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association for many years and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Elected South Georgia Agribusinessman of the Year in 2004, Mr. Patrick has always been committed to every phase of agriculture.

Mr. Patrick was a member of Omega Baptist Church where he was a deacon and had served in every capacity of the church. He was a former member of the Tift County Board of Education, a Director of C & S Bank of Tifton, and one of the founders of South Georgia Bank, Omega, GA.

Mr. Patrick is survived by his wife, to whom he had been married sixty-five years, Helen Johnson Patrick, of Omega; his daughters and sons-in-law, Beth and Larry Dean of Lake Park and Delaine and Larry Seamon of Spanish Fort, AL; his sons and daughters-in-law, Gibbs, Jr., and Diane Patrick of Omega and Stan and Julie Patrick of Leesburg; and his grandchildren, Jaime and Jessica Patrick, Jon Patrick, Robert Tindell, Chad Tindell, Kent Patrick, Chase Patrick, Brent Seamon, Zach and Lauren Seamon, Brooke and Casey Music, and Shad and Betty Dean; and his great-grandchildren, Anna and Maylla Patrick, Kaytibeth and Aubrey Music, and Brandon and Easton Dean.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Omega Baptist Church, P.O. Box 368, Omega, Ga. 31775 or Hospice of Tift Area, P.O. Box 747, Tifton, Ga. 31793.

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Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors

Tifton 229/382-7550