Ernest (“Ernie”) Patterson, Jr. was born on July 2, 1968, in Tulare, California to Vella and Ernest “Sonny” Patterson, Sr. In 1971, Vella relocated her family to San Jose, California.
Ernie was a happy and “busy” baby with loads of energy. Luckily Ernie fell in love with sports at an early age. He channeled his energy to basketball, baseball, and football. He played football with the Milpitas Knights and Little League baseball. He received many All-Star and Most Valuable Player Awards. Ernie attended Morrill Middle School where he made a big impact on the school sports programs. In high school, Ernie was a star point guard for Independence High School. He was a three-year varsity starter who helped his team go to a state championship game.
Ernie began his work career with San Jose Graphics in San Jose. He later relocated to the Sacramento area where he enjoyed working in the relocation services and modular office furniture industry. Ernie has been with One WorkPlace since 2008. He served as the Supervisor of Asset Management where he managed the inventory of UC Davis Hospital. He thoroughly enjoyed his work environment. His work family became a part of his extended family.
Ernie dearly loved his family and friends, and especially his grandbabies. Ernie never met a stranger. He loved to encourage others and to share his knowledge with young people. He was always willing to help others and share a good meal. He loved to barbeque for his family and friends, and one could always find him playing a good game of dominoes. He loved music. When relaxing at home or riding in his car, Ernie would often be listening to one of his favorite playlists. Ernie loved the NFL, especially his beloved Las Vegas Raiders.
Ernie is survived by his mother and stepfather, Vella and Jerome Byers; his wife, Premilla Patterson and her mother Barbara Prasad; two daughters: Aviance and Samarah Patterson; one son, Kyle Patterson; four grandchildren: Jhalae Williams, Naomi Baker-Lee, Royale Williams and Jayceon Williams: one brother, Eric Patterson, one sister, Tamiko Moon and close friends, Robert van den Akker and Carlo Campbell.
Ernie enjoyed sharing in raising Ansari El Muhammad, Dominique Roberson, Erika Muhammad, Imani Muhammad, Jasmine Muhammad, Prya Hudson, Reshmi Hudson, Richard Starkey, and Rita Muhammad.