Their faith and need to serve people are intertwined, and knowing he can still bring a positive force into people’s lives through music has helped Patterson deal with retirement.
“I’ve loved serving the community as a councilman,” he said. “I enjoy that so much, but I enjoy making people happy through music.”
Patterson said he always had a hard time talking about himself when he ran for office. He'd rather focus on everyone else.
That might just be who he was destined to be. Joyce said Buddy’s mother was onto something from the get go.
“His mama used to say to me, ‘He has always been my Buddy. Most babies come into this world crying. He came in with a smile on his face, and he never quit smiling,’” she said.
Being Buddy has always been ingrained in Patterson. When he was a young kid, he didn’t even realize his legal name was Franklin, although he did eventually have it legally changed.
It’s partly because he brings out the best in people, his wife said.
His service to Madison County residents makes him happy, which keeps him young.
After Patterson bought a sports car, his wife joked that he was going through a midlife crisis. It’s something he welcomed.
“I’m going to live to be 140,” he said smirking.
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