|Birth: ||Sep. 24, 1863|
|Death: ||Oct. 23, 1932|
West Virginia, USA
Samuel Patterson was a coal executive and co-owner of the Sycamore Coal Company, and was one of the most successful men in Southern West Virginia. He was murdered at the hands of his son Thomas while he was reading a magazine in his study. He was shot once in the head and there was a gash in his forehead presumably from the blow of a hatchet that was later found in the son's room. The murder occurred at the palatial Patterson home on Staunton Road in Huntington.
Taken from the Herald Dispatch Oct. 27, 1932:
Three identical grey caskets bearing the members of the Samuel W. Patterson family were laid to rest side by side in Woodmere cemetery as last act of a tragedy that shocked the entire city.
With one committal service the bodies of the father, the mother, Mrs Patterson, and their son, Thomas Cleveland Patterson, who Sunday took his own life after he shot down his parents, were lowered into their graves.
Dr. J. C. Crenshaw, pastor of the Second Presbyterian church and Dr. Theodore S. Smylie formerly a pastor here and life long friend of the family, conducted the joint services.
As Dr. Crenshaw uttered the benediction over the three graves, the rain which had been falling during the services broke into a torrent, threatening to collapse the canopy.
For the parents, pallbearers were John Horton, Ben Hiner, Homer Gebhardt, S. Arthur Wills, L. E. Woods and John Maurice of Huntington; Evan Thomas Of Cinderella, W. Va., and D. W. Buchanan of Chicago, Ill.
For the son They were Sam Biggs Jr., Fred S. Wilkerson and James Howell Miller of Huntington; Philip Bunnell, George Walker, Edward Wardwell, and Jack D. Warren of New York city. Mr. Bunnell, Mr. Walker, Mr. Wardwell and Mr. Warren were classmates of young Patterson at Yale University.
Woodmere Memorial Park
West Virginia, USA
Created by: TWR
Record added: May 27, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19559954