Irene Humberd Patching


Irene Humberd Patching, 97, of Signal Mountain, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Patching Jr.; parents, John Willis and Fannie Hughes Humberd; brother, Milton Humberd; and sisters: Dorothy Baker, Mildred Ball, Edna Ruth Cleveland, Jo Ann Humberd and Joy McGroom.

She is survived by her two sons: James E. Patching III of Chattanooga, and David S. Patching, of Huntsville, Ala.

She grew up in Bradley County, and graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1944. After graduating, she taught home economics for several years at Bradley High School in Cleveland.

Marrying James E. in 1949, she moved to Nashville to raise a family. While in Nashville, she was an active member of the Andrew Price Memorial United Methodist Church in Donelson, and worked in the community as an aide at a local child development center.

After moving to and living in Atlanta with her husband, she later returned to Tennessee to be closer to her children, taking up residence in Signal Mountain at Alexian Village.

The family would like to thank the staff at Alexian for the care and compassion shown to her during her stay there.

The funeral will be held Thursday, Jan. 23,  2020, at 11a.m. Central Time, at Hermitage Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens, 535 Shute Lane, Old Hickory.

Arrangements are being made by Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37415.


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