Cecil Pat Patterson

Profile Updated: August 1, 2010
Cecil Pat Patterson
Residing In: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: Diana
Personal Website: www.Pattersoncpafirm.com
Occupation: CPA
Children/Grandchildren: Courtney Quirie, born 1970
Kelly Redway, born 1971
Chris Patterson, born 1975
Seven grandchildren, More…five girls, two boys
Military Service: Air Force  
Cecil Pat Patterson


Yes! Attending Reunion
What did you do after leaving BHS?

US Air Force, BS from Univ. of Southern Mississippi, MBA from Univ of North Florida. After a few years with a national CPA firm in Houston, TX, I landed in Jacksonville, FL and opened my own CPA practice in 1979. I have been happily counting beans since. My son Chris is also a CPA in the firm. As of January 1, 2010, I have semi retired and Chris is running the business. In addition to normal CPA activities like audits and tax preparation, I will continue to write continuing education manuals for CPAs and present classes around the country for the Florida Institute of CPAs and myself. I plan to work a few more years because I like it, my health is reasonable, and and life is good.

Favorite School Stories:

Tomps Gray (who I was sorry to hear has passed away) and I were neighbors and friends on Ft. Benning. One day we had a sort of mock wrestling match in our yard. Tomps outweighed me by about 100 pounds. I was quicker then than now and did okay until he decided to just sit on me. I lost.
Another favorite was when several of us put a teacher's Volkswagen (I don't remember whose) in the school building's hallway. No harm done.
Strange as this will seem, I did not know that one of our classmates (61) was the famous Newt Gingrich until I was told at the 40th reunion by Janie Willis. I always remembered him as Newton. Feeling dumb is not even close.

Dream Vacation?

My wife, Diana, and I took a week long trip on a special canal barge (12 passengers) up the Burgundy Canal in France. Great food and wines shared with nice folks.