Patricia “Pat” Page, 82, of Ringgold, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in a local health care facility. Pat was a member of Lakeview First Baptist Church where for years she taught the Joy Sunday School Class. She was also active in the Rotary Club, the Catoosa Chamber of Commerce, and the Hutcheson Foundation Board.
Pat was a 1955 graduate of City High School and a 1959 graduate of Carson Newman University. She began her teaching career at East Lake Elementary School, then onto Osborn Elementary and finally to Mountain View Elementary School.
After teaching school for 15 years, Pat became owner of her own Allstate Insurance Agency in East Brainerd. Later, Pat used those same communication and leadership skills that were making her a success in the business world and applied them to a pioneering career in politics. She was elected and served the citizens of Catoosa County as its very first female county commissioner. A position that she reveled in, serving several terms.
Pat loved a good party and she loved to throw them, she was also more than willing to be the life of said parties as well …especially if it involved her beloved Big Orange. Tennessee football was a topic she was well versed on and her loyalty was legendary.
Yes, Pat was fun-loving, with a laugh that could dominate most any room, but at the same time she had a spirit about her that could lift you up when you were down or inspire you …to push you to levels you simply didn’t think you could reach.
She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother and finally a great-grandmother …she loved her family. She was a teacher of the highest order, a successful business-lady, a strong and capable politician, a loving volunteer to her community and a life-long friend to so many.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yes, Pat lived and yes, she lived well. We, her friends and family are grateful and better for having had Pat in our lives.
She was preceded in death by her parents Dean and Betty Hicks, two infant sons, Patrick and Peter Gray; sister, Pam Hicks Rayburn; husbands, Hershel Gray and Douglass Page.
Survivors are son Greg (Tyra) Gray; daughter Becky ( Roy) Reeves; grandchildren Gray, Aubrey, Gavin, Clayton, Colden Reeves, and Lauren Gray. Two great-grandchildren Emory and Charleigh.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday at Lakeview First Baptist Church with Rev. Patrick Cooper officiating and Dale Forrester will be speaking.
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Please make donations in lieu of flowers to Katie Beth Carter Memorial Institute Payable to LB4C 137 Southwood Circle Ringgold, Ga 30736.
The family would like to thank Tapestry Hospice and Pruitt Health and Hospice for the loving care they gave Pat.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.