Cy Patton – October 25, 2011

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 31, 2011 in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with the Reverend Jo Roberts Mann officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Cy Patton was born on September 12, 1916 in Amarillo, Texas to Lee Cyrus Walter Patton Sr. and Mary Mabel Irving Patton.  Cy brought love, joy, friendship, laughter, and camaraderie to everyone he met.
The inscription on a sculpture that was created in his likeness reads “Cy, Lover of Life”.  This simple statement embodies who he was and is in his deepest core.
Cy attended school in country schools as well as Amarillo schools, and graduated from Amarillo High School.  He attended Amarillo College off and on while working.  While working at CR Anthony, he met Jane Craghead.  After a whirlwind courtship, they married in 1940 and over the years had five girls.
Cy loved people, never met a stranger, and spread love and joy around him. He taught his girls many lessons in how to meet and deal with the uncertainties of life, from how to change a flat tire, how to paint a house and build a brick fireplace to how to treat the people you love and those you meet.
Cy loved the outdoors and began taking his family fishing and then later camping in the mountains of New Mexico. One of his cardinal rules was that anyone who fished, baited their own hook and cleaned the fish they caught.  Daddy never caught many fish with the girls around but never lacked fish due to the kindness of other fishermen.
Cy worked for most of his life in the automotive parts distribution field and spent most of his working life with the same business, through three name changes.
After Jane’s death in 1981, Cy became active in many creative and wonderful activities.  He went canoe packing into the boundary waters in Northern Minnesota/Canada, learned to downhill ski and joined groups from Amarillo College on several ski trips to New Mexico.  He soon was employed at the ski shop at the college and taught many students how to ski, as well as outfitting them with proper equipment.  Several operas performed by the college were graced with his enthusiastic participation in singing, though slightly off-key, acting and stage production.
Cy was a longtime member of St. Andrew’s, serving in the Vestry, lay reading, Sunday School education and singing in the choir, though slightly off-key.  His Church and church friends were a driving force in his life and became part of his extended family.  He shared the importance of service to church and God with his daughters.
Two years after the death of Jane, Cy met the second love of his life, Belva Bennett, whose husband had passed about the same time as Jane.  They were loving and strongly independent partners who supported each other in all things.  Belva is definitely loved by all of Cy’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She is their second mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and they all send their heartfelt love and thanks for her devotion and love for Cy. Belva is the reason Cy lived to the incredible age of 95 years.
Cy passed away on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 25, 2011.  His passing was peaceful and he was in the loving presence of his partner, Belva.
His parents, Lee Cyrus Walter Patton, Sr, and Mary Mabel Irving, had 6 children, and all pre-deceased him.  His daughters are Celene Greene and husband Jeff of Portand OR, Janie Myrick and husband Jack of Birmingham AL,  Margaret Yarbrough and husband H.D. of Cody WY, Carol Stephenson and husband Larry of Austin TX and Kelly Slayton and husband Ivan of Kaufman TX.  Cy leaves 10 grandchildren:  Kevin Greene, Carissa Schroeder, John “Jackie” Myrick, Michael Myrick, Shanda Beltran, Larry Stephenson, Jr., Jason Howard, Michelle Cope, Major Craig Yarbrough, Joshua Slayton, and 13 great grandchildren.
The family requests that donations be made in his memory to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

0 Replies to “Cy Patton – October 25, 2011”

  1. Uncle Cy always had a welcoming smile and open door for us nephews and nieces, and with Aunt Jane and our cousins, visiting them was the highlight of our Amarillo trips. When visiting some 30 years ago I enjoyed Uncle Cy’s great spirit and sense of humor. He took me to the site of the old farm, what a hard start in life, but what a success he made of it! I shall remember.

  2. no pinto lane will not be the same, but cy is where we all want to be and i thank god for that, he was a great man and a joy to know, bless all his family and all our prayers are with you, dawn, lance, dustin, alyssa and mykala

  3. Pinto Lane will never be the same without Cy Patton. Girls we don’t have to tell you how wonderful your dad was we are blessed that he was part of our lives. Our prayers are with you all.
    Teresa and Jay Lawler; Halie and Aaron Ricketts; Lance and Dawn Ames (5505 Pinto Lane)

  4. Sorry to hear about Cy. I talked with Cy a few times and liked him very much. He was very easy to get to know. My sympathy to Margaret and her family.

  5. A gentle man who will be remembered by all who had the fortune to know him-even for a little while. I never heard him complain or say a negative thing. A true lover of life and appreciation for God’s gifts.
    xxoo my friend

  6. Cy will always be remembered by my family as a wonderfully upbeat and optimistic man. His smile will shine on in our memories.

  7. My goodness, that Cy was really special. I so enjoyed singing in the choir with him. May his soul, along with all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace. Pauline Hefley/Santa Fe

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