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James Hartwell Patterson / April 05, 2021

James Hartwell “Jim” Patterson died February 26, 2021, in Bethesda, Md., with his caring wife Edie by his side. Jim was born on April 16, 1940 in Altavista to James “Pat” and Dorothy Shelton Patterson. Jim grew up in South Boston and graduated from Halifax County High School where he was sports editor of the school newspaper and a member of the basketball team. Jim also played trombone in the school band and in a local jazz band. At the age of 16, Jim won the South Boston Jaycee Junior Golf Tournament, earning him entry into the VA State Junior Golf Championships.

Jim received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from VPI (Virginia Tech) and then entered the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. He was assigned to the HAWK missile Battery on Okinawa and was soon promoted to battery commander. Jim was then selected as general’s aide-de-camp for two years, achieving the rank of captain. Often with a wry smile he even admitted to winning golf tournaments during his military career as well.

Following active service, Jim continued his education at the University of Virginia Darden School to receive a master of business administration, which launched his career in finance. He was employed by several firms as a successful chartered financial analyst and fegistered investment advisor. Subsequently, he became a co-owner of Gilkison Patterson Investment Advisors in Alexandria. Jim was president and CEO of the firm until his retirement in 2017.

He is survived by his wife Edeltraut “Edie,” his sister Patricia Van Tuyle and husband Glenn. He is also survived by his nephews William “Tripp” Westbrook and wife Michelle and Cabell Westbrook and wife Heather, and his grand nieces Kaitlin and Riley Westbrook.

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