Patricia Ann Markham Bandolas was born on November 27th, 1935 in Paris, Tennessee in Henry County and was the eldest child of Dewey and Lucas Theo Markham. Patricia fell asleep in death on May 18th, 2021. She believed in the resurrection hope held out in the Holy Scriptures and these comforted her during her short illness. (John 11:25 "Jesus said...I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.")
Patricia is preceded in death by her parents, Dewey Markam and Lucas Theo Lockhart (Del Priore) ; her beloved step-father Canio James Del Priore; her sister, Barbara Sue Hooper; and her brother David Ronald Markham.
She is survived by her daughter, Felisse B. Leake and Son-in-law, Larry L. Leake of Whispering Pines, NC; her grandson Brian C. Leake, Sarah J. Leake of Carthage N.C.; granddaughter, Melissa S. Leake of California and a great-granddaughter Savannah E. Leake of Carthage, N.C. along with nieces and a nephew.
She was affectionately referred to as "My Trisha" by her grandchildren. Her friends and acquaintances called her "Pat". She was a loving mother who adored her family. For many years she was a loving caregiver to her mother and step-father, "Lou" and "Del" as they were affectionately called. Patricia was an avid reader on many subjects and her interests included quilting, photography, and cooking and she loved old movies and early country music. She genuinely enjoyed helping others and welcomed those who visited regularly to share something encouraging from the Bible.
Professionally in her later years she was a Senior Master Enrolled Agent Tax Preparer for H&R Block for over twenty years. Her clients, young and old and from diverse cultures returned annually to her office to visit and "catch up" when she prepared their tax returns. They appreciated her friendliness, her professionalism and her broad knowledge of tax laws. Many clients and fellow tax preparers were her long-time friends. Everyone who knew Patricia loved her for her pleasant and easy disposition as well as her sense of humor. She found people interesting and loved to laugh and easily conversed with everyone. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.