Wanda Jo Patton, fondly known as “Gran,” was called home this Holy Week to be with her savior.
Wanda, 86, was the youngest daughter of Walter and Myrtle Denton. Spending her youth in the Dayton Blyth Ferry area during which time her poetry talents blossomed, earning awards from the National Poetry Society for some of her work. With her husband, Jack Patton, they raised four daughters, Sherry, Malynda, Lisa, and Angie.
Wanda worked for Oster Corporation for twenty-one years before becoming a certified nurse assistant with the Rhea County Health Department. She quickly developed rapport with those she served and earned the nickname “Gran” from many of the families with which she worked.
She was known for her cobblers and was active in many organizations and hobbies, including TSEA serving as secretary and later becoming coordinator of the health department’s HUGS program. Wanda also loved to line dance, along with writing poetry, and doing crafts and arts with her family. She attended, and was a member, Spivey United Methodist Church. She also visited New Bethel Church and Friendship Baptist Church.
Wanda Jo is welcomed into Heaven by her late husband Jack, grandsons Jeremy Mize and Jonathan Patton, and her parents.
She is survived by four daughters Sherry (Darey) Boynton Pikeville, Tn., Malynda (Joe) Wood Lakeville, Mass., Lisa Crabtree, and Angie Clark both of Dayton, Tenn. eight grandchildren, Sunny, Jesse, Robin, Nathan, Mathew, Dustin, Vanessa, and Zackery; and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held Friday, April 15 2022 at 3PM in the chapel of Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald and Chaplain Michael Jackson officiating. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until service time. Burial will follow at Spence Cemtery.