William Edward Patterson was born on February 28, 1913 in Reddick, Florida and was the eldest son of 10 children born to Moses Edward Patterson and Evelena Hart Patterson. He received a bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee Institute and a master’s from Columbia University in New York. William’s graduate work was at Indiana State Teacher’s College in the area of guidance and audio-visual with further advance work at Columbia University in administration and supervision of exceptional children.
Upon his move to Kissimmee, he became principal of Kissimmee High School and held that position from 1946 until the school’s closing in 1968, following integration. William then became coordinator of student relations for the Osceola County Board of Public Instruction. This position also meant he would work closely with principals and teachers of the schools in an advisory capacity relating to race relations.
When William died on January 26, 1975, at the age of 61, he left a wife, Willielean, a daughter Kittie Ellison and one grandchild, Kimba Ellison. He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Kissimmee, Florida.
Written by Anza Bast. Sources: “Orlando Sentinel” June 11, 1968, January 28, 1975; Ancestry.com