West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

 Kendall Patterson
Kendall Patterson

Kendall Clayton Patterson was born the son of Hulan and Louise Clayton Patterson on November 11, 1953, in Doniphan, Missouri, and departed this life January 30, 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 61 years.

He was united in marriage on February 17, 1982, at Alton, Missouri, to Lavonda Roberts.

He is survived by his wife, Lavonda Roberts Patterson of the home in Hohenwald, Tennessee; one daughter, Dr. Heather Rupe and husband, Russell and two grandsons, Ryan and Carson Rupe, all of Franklin, Tennessee; his mother, Louise Patterson of Myrtle, Missouri; two sisters, Becky Redus and husband, Lane of Doniphan, Missouri and Kim Cox and husband, Joe of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; his mother-in-law, Susie Roberts and brother-in-law, Junior Roberts, both of Couch, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives, and many life-long friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hulan Patterson, one brother, Keith Patterson; two sisters, Gayla Jo and Karen Elaine Patterson, and father-in-law, Bob Roberts.

Kendall was a graduate of Couch High School with the class of 1971. After graduation, he entered the workforce with his first job being a teller at the Bank of Thayer. A few years later, he began his career with General Motors, retiring after thirty years of service. Kendall was currently working with his cousin, Tom McDonald, as a technician for Lewisburg Plumbing and Heating, which he enjoyed very much.

Kendall was an avid outdoorsman and was the happiest when he was working on his farm with the tractor or enjoying a horseback ride. He was a self-taught carpenter, excellent in woodworking and a master builder. He harvested the timber from his farm, sawed his own lumber, and built his and Cookie’s dream home out of cedar.

Kendall was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, a loving son and brother, and a loyal friend, always fulfilling the needs of others with a giving heart.

He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home chapel Wednesday, February 4th from 1:00 PM until service time.

Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.




  1. Susan and Bobby Allen
    February 2, 2015 @ 10:56 am

    Lavonda, my dear dear friend. I am so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts and souls are broken for you. You are in our hearts and prayers every second of the day. Please know that we love you so very much and we are here for you. Prayers for you my friend. We love you.


  2. Ronald & Alice Redus Hudson
    February 2, 2015 @ 12:47 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you is our prayer.


  3. Mark and Sonyia Gower
    February 2, 2015 @ 1:32 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry for your loss.


  4. Rick and Rona Williams
    February 2, 2015 @ 2:19 pm

    Dear Becky and Family,

    We are sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.


  5. Donna Alsup Mosley
    February 2, 2015 @ 3:23 pm


    I was so sadden to receive the news of Kendall. We are praying for you and your family for peace and comfort. Just know God has so may plans for us all that we do not understand. Keep your faith and know there are a lot of people who love you. Thinking of you. Love and hugs~
    Steve and Donna Mosley


  6. Annette Martin
    February 2, 2015 @ 5:54 pm

    Lavonda no words can express my sorrow for you. my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Love you so Much! – Annette


  7. Nancy and Tommy Staggs
    February 2, 2015 @ 6:59 pm

    Cookie, I just want to say how sorry we are. We love both of you so much, I know we lost contact but our lives were so busy with grandkids, Tommy’s sickness, but we want you to know that if you need anything at all , you Heather or the kids please don’t hesitate to call. We love you and we loved Kendell and you will get through this , it will be hard but you have lots of family and friends that will be right by your side. Let us know when you have a memorial in Hohenwald , I talked to Heather and she said she would let us know. My cell No. is 931-722-4239. Call night or day Love you dear.


  8. John and Shirley Honeycutt
    February 2, 2015 @ 7:06 pm

    Lavonda (Cookie) so sorry for your loss . We are praying for you that God will wrap his arms around you and comfort you during this time. We are also praying for your healing. If there is anything that we can do for you please call on us. Love and prayers from your classmate and friend. Johnny and Shirley Honeycutt.


  9. Nancy Staggs
    February 2, 2015 @ 7:09 pm

    Cookie we are so very sorry for what you are going through . I cannot imagine your pain . Please know that we are here for you anytime. If there is anything at all we can do please let us know. I know we didn’t see each other very much but we considered you’ll really good friends. Love you and we loved Kendell, You are in our Prayers and thoughts every moment. If you need to talk just call my cell is 722-4239.


  10. DeeAnna Dillon
    February 2, 2015 @ 7:19 pm

    Lavonda, Heather and family,
    I am so so sorry for your loss. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
    I love you!
    God Bless


  11. Leanne Carter
    February 2, 2015 @ 8:57 pm

    You are in my prayers Cookie! So saddened by this tragic news. Lean on God, family and friends for comfort.


  12. Diana Combs Hoaglan
    February 3, 2015 @ 8:29 am

    Cookie, I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart hurts for you. I can’t imagine the pain and grief you are going through. Even it has been years since we last communicated, I love you just like I did in high school. You are constantly in my prayers. May God comfort you as only He can.


  13. Barbara Cypret Adamson
    February 3, 2015 @ 9:17 am

    Lavonda, I have no words of comfort, for I know there are none that suffice. Just know that my heart grieves with you. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come, my friend.


  14. Kathy & Dick Mersino and the McCoy family
    February 3, 2015 @ 9:55 am

    Lavonda(Cookie) I don’t know where to start, to express our Sympathy for you and the whole Patterson family. Kendall’s wonderful daughter. We are so sorry for your loss and we know he will be missed by so many. With heavy hearts we pray for peace and comfort for all. Love you Cookie


  15. Eileen Svec Hugo
    February 3, 2015 @ 9:58 am

    LaVonda, I love you so much and so saddened to hear of your unexpected loss and suffering. I am praying for you and your family. I wish I could be right there to put my arms around you and just hold you to pray and have God carry you through this difficult walk in your life. You are such a special person that words cannot describe.


  16. Cornerstone Home Lending Waco Texas
    February 3, 2015 @ 10:09 am

    LaVonda, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. We pray for a complete recovery for you and hope you will be able to return to work soon.

    Sandi, Janice, JoAnn, Tammy, Gale, Jessica


  17. heather milloway
    February 3, 2015 @ 12:36 pm

    Heather, you and your family are in my thoughts.


  18. Marietta Landherr
    February 3, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

    Cookie and Susie, Jr. and family; We were so sorry to learn of your loss. May God give you peace during this difficult time. We love you and are praying for you. We are sorry we aren’t able to be with you at this time. Marietta and Dean Landherr ; Dealia and Ezra Hill and Dean Hill


  19. Claudette (McCoy) Peters
    February 3, 2015 @ 4:09 pm

    Cookie….. I received the most devastating call from Kirk Sunday and I am so sorry that you are going through this. I just want you to know I am praying for you, Heather and everyone else in your family. My mom and dad said to tell you they are also thinking about and praying for you. Even though we lost touch through out the years, you are and will always be a very dear friend to me. Please call or text me if you need anything 256-303-9158. If you having a memorial in Tennessee I would love to be there. My email is claudettepetersrdh@gmail.com


  20. Pam, Kelly & Kaley Johnson
    February 3, 2015 @ 4:41 pm

    Louise, Becky , Kim, and family, Just wanted you to know how special you’ve always been to us, and that you are in our thoughts and prayers.


  21. Michelle and Kirk Jarrett
    February 3, 2015 @ 5:47 pm

    Kendall was so special! Loved him like an Uncle and we are so sorry for your loss. Know you are loved my so many. Praying for healing in so many ways!


  22. Nancy Burdette
    February 3, 2015 @ 9:14 pm

    Cookie, Heather….. I am at a loss for words, my heart is breaking for y’all. Pls know that my family (Clyde, Jason, Stacy) love you and if there is anything we can do please let us know. If you have a memorial in Tn we will be there. Praying for you and your families!


  23. Melanie Sult
    February 3, 2015 @ 11:00 pm

    Cookie, Kim Louise, Becky and all family. I am so sorry to hear the news of Kendall. You all are in my prayers. May you feel God’s arms wrap around you. Isaiah 41:10
    Love you, Melanie Warren Sult


  24. Melanie (Warren) Sult
    February 3, 2015 @ 11:03 pm

    Cookie I miss you,if you ever need to talk always feel free to contact me. 417 860 6996


  25. Jennifer Cosby
    February 4, 2015 @ 6:54 am

    Lavonda, there are no words to express our deepest sympathy. I’m so sorry. We’re praying for you to have that peace that God promises (Philippians 4:6-8) and the healing that God promises (Isaiah 58:8). I love you and miss you! – Jen


  26. Marsheila
    February 4, 2015 @ 7:38 am

    Cookie, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry for the loss of Kendall, he will be missed by many.


  27. Star Rash
    February 4, 2015 @ 7:44 am

    I am praying for you and your family. Please know there are many who are praying for you all. I am so very sorry.


  28. Alice Brannen
    February 4, 2015 @ 9:53 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  29. Sherry House
    February 4, 2015 @ 10:17 am

    LaVonda & Heather,
    I am so sorry for your loss & my heart aches for you! I have thought about ya’ll & what your going through & have prayed for God to give you strength during this most difficult time! I wish I could be there & wrap my arms around you but I’m thinking of you will see you when you get back to TN & have a Memorial here. Please let me know if I can do anything for you! I love you!! Sherry


  30. Denise Wright
    February 4, 2015 @ 10:48 am

    I was so sorry to hear the news of Kendall’s passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family. I love you and I’m praying for you.
    Denise, Keith and Jordan


  31. Rayanne Johnson
    February 4, 2015 @ 11:49 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your precious husband. My heart is breaking for you. I pray that God may comfort you and give you the strength to get through this horrible time. You and your family are in my prayers. Love and hugs to you.


  32. Andrea and Jim Dallman
    February 4, 2015 @ 2:50 pm

    Cookie, I am so very thankful to have known Kendall and not just read about him. While this obituary gives a glimpse into the man we knew, there is so much more to his legacy. He was and is so much more to us than my Dad’s best friend. Jim and I, (and the girls) love you dearly.


  33. Kim McGee
    February 4, 2015 @ 4:01 pm

    Lavonda: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3-5 (NIV)
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  34. Trish Alexander
    February 4, 2015 @ 4:36 pm

    Lavonda my friend,

    My heart aches for you. My love and prayers are with you and your family, now and always.



  35. Julie Thompson Williams
    February 4, 2015 @ 4:47 pm

    Becky, Kim, and Family;
    I’m so sorry to learn of your loss. To lose a sibling is such a sad experience but I know in the days to come, God will grant you peace.
    I’m so very sorry.


  36. Joy Brown
    February 5, 2015 @ 1:57 pm

    Butch and I are devastated about the news of Kendall. We have always thought the world of you both. I haven’t been able to get you off my mind since it happened. So sorry that you are having to go through something like this. An unexpected death is so hard to wrap your head around. It just doesn’t seem real. You have a lot of family and friends that love you and they will help you more than you know. Lean on them when you need to that’s what they are there for. If you need anything please let us know. Our prayers are with you each and every day. Love you,
    Joy & Butch Brown


  37. Bunkin and Jodi Reed and Misty
    February 5, 2015 @ 7:12 pm

    Were at a loss of words..kendell was a good friend and will be missed. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.


  38. Robin Searcy
    February 11, 2015 @ 5:50 pm

    Lavonda, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you. God will hold you in his grace. Trust him to carry you through your time of grief.
    Be well and know that you are loved.


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