Barbara June Patterson
December 21, 1929 ~ February 21, 2023
She was born on the winter solstice, December 21, 1929, the darkest day of the year, to George Babe Fluhrer and Mary Eleanor Welbon Fluhrer. Then for 93 years, Barbara June brought the light. What was the source of her light? Growing up as the child of traveling entertainers during the Great Depression, Barbara June understood how insecurity could doom us to lives of despair. Soon, she learned that the entertaining, compassionate, forgiving story gave people hope and brought them joy. Our struggles make us stronger. Our imperfections make us whole. Barbara June taught teenagers, that time of life when we are in transition, by embracing and encouraging each student in their process toward self-determination and purpose. No one was allowed to give up, lose focus, or complain of boredom. “Only boring people are bored,” she would admonish. The one human behavior she could not accept and would not abide was unkindness. As much as she loved to teach, direct, and perform as an actor, Barbara June was everyone’s best audience. You could see her leaning forward in her seat with appetite for how each story would unfold. Her own story?: She was sister to Roy and Sally, aunt of eight; found love and contentment with her third husband, Rodney Patterson, who preceded her in death; mother to Wendy, Penny, and Marianne; grandmother to Luke and Eric, great-grandmother to Jayden, Jacob, and Grant. Barbara June Patterson was a teacher, mentor, colleague, muse, confidant, and friend to hundreds who will remember her wit and grit fondly. When asked how she wanted her obituary to read, Barbara June directed, “Just say, ‘I was here. I had a great time. And now . . . I’m gone.’” So here’s the end of the story: Barbara June Patterson died February 21, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee, with Nashville family at her side, just as the sun was coming up on a new day. Arrangements in the care of Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, 6949 Charlotte Pike, Suite 104, Nashville, TN 615-857-9955. We proudly remain locally owned & operated.