For the past seven years, Patterson has been making a name for himself in the senior softball league.
He began playing senior softball in 2000 with the 55+ Georgia Express team from Atlanta. In 2001, he moved up to the 60+ age division and was quickly recruited to play for another Atlanta team, Robertson's Sporting Goods.
Patterson was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2004. While he had a prognosis of only three years left to live, Patterson has passed his three-year mark and is still playing softball.
With his fearlessness on the field when it comes to diving for infield ground balls and his .500 batting average, "Dirt," as he has been affectionately nicknamed by his teammates, has showcased his skills in five Softball Players Association national championships, two winter Softball Players Association national championships, and over 50 tournaments, winning all-tournament honors on more than one occasion.
In October of 2004 his team, recognized him by renaming the team Dirt's All-
Patterson lives near Ball Ground, Ga.
He is the brother of Belinda Kitchen and Mildred Wilson, both of Sikeston.