Charlie Patterson was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma to his loving parents; Roxy Meredith and Mamie George, and is the youngest of three boys. He attended Sam Houston Elementary, Travis Junior High School and graduated from Conroe High School in 1957. While in high school, he participated in Track, Baseball, Basketball and Football. He and his brothers, Ralph and Tommy, shared a love and talent for football. Charlie was all-district as a Conroe high School fullback and voted most valuable player by his teammates. He received a four year athletic scholarship to the University of Houston where he played varsity football. He was named Outstanding Freshman Player. He earned his Bachelor of Science in 1961. He later earned his Masters of Education at Sam Houston State University in 1972.
He began his career as an educator with Houston Independent School District in 1961 at Milby High School as a coach, and accepted later positions with Robert E. Lee High School in that district before moving to Aldine ISD as the first head coach at McArthur High School.
He left coaching to move into school administration, with his first position as Assistant Principal at Eisenhower High School in Aldine Independent School District from 1976-78. From there he moved to Conroe Independent School District at then McCullough High School in 1978. When Oak Ridge High School opened in 1981, he served as the first principal. From there he moved to Conroe High School for the years 1982-1984.
In 1984 his career took him to administration duties, where he served as assistant superintendent for administration, and was promoted to deputy superintendent in 1992, where he served until his retirement in 2002. Retirement did not last long for Charlie, as he continued working part-time producing student forecasting and projections for the student population of Conroe Independent School District. He officially retired from Conroe ISD in 2012 with 50 years of service in the Texas Public Education system, of which 34 years were in Conroe Independent School District.
True to his character and his upbringing, Charlie served his 50 years of service to Public Education with excellence receiving numerous awards. The Rotary International awarded him the Vocational Service Award in 1994 and the Paul Harris Fellow Award in 1998. Conroe ISD awarded him Boss of the Year for 1989-1990. He served his community through Montgomery County United Way, serving on the Board of Directors from 1985-1998, Campaign Chairman in 1985 and Board President in 1986. In 1987, Charlie was a participant in the Inaugural Class of Leadership Montgomery County.
The common thread that has been sown through Charlie’s life and is reflected through his love and service to family, friends and community, is the deep love for the lord. He has been an active member of First Baptist Church Conroe since 1976 and continues to serve as an active Deacon since 1981. Charlie has served as chair of deacons, overseer of two building and renovation programs and presently as director of the Adult Sunday School Class. Charlie continues to tough and impact the lives of Conroe ISD student even in his retirement through the Project mentor Program. He has been a faithful mentor since the program began and continues his weekly visits of encouragement with his mentee.
Charlie and Diane Kretzschmar Patterson, his loving wife of 56 years, were blessed with a son and daughter, Chad L. and Julie Diane, who both graduated from Conroe ISD. Chad, married Liz Koch Patterson, followed in his father’s footsteps and excelled in athletics, playing baseball for Conroe ISD, University of Houston, McLennan Community College and Baylor University. Chad has two children, Joshua Dillon 22 and Jessie Kimball 19. Julie shares her dad’s love for wildlife and sports. They enjoy watching Rocket games and feeding deer and birds year round.