Patten, Zeboim Cartter III

Entrepreneur, Investor, Mentor, Philanthropist, And Conservationist

  • Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Zeboim Cartter Patten III
Zeboim Cartter Patten III

We compose this remembrance for a husband, father, grandfather, twin, loyal friend, entrepreneur, investor, risk-taker, counselor, mentor, confidante, philanthropist, and conservationist, and to announce his passing with the waxing moon on the evening of December 1, 2022, surrounded by his family and his pet vanguard, Laurel, Percy and Stonington, at his home, Cartter’s Trail, in Flintstone, Georgia.

Zeboim Cartter Patten, III, Cartter, Zebo, Zippy:

To commemorate His Character: gentle, trustworthy, ethical, smart, softly eloquent, thoughtful, even keeled, deliberate, competitive, strategic, astute, contemplative, quiet, sometimes shy, consistently methodical, and occasionally sneaky.

To recognize His Roots: Billerica, MA; Watertown, NY; Chattanooga, TN; Flintstone, GA; and Brooksville and Sedgwick, ME.

To honor the Notable Ancestors: Daniel Smith - US Senator and boundary surveyor for the State of Tennessee; General William Lenoir – American Revolutionary Officer and the first Chairman of University of North Carolina; David McKendree Key – Federal Judge, US Postmaster General, and US Senator; Rachel Donelson Jackson – wife of Andrew Jackson; and Zeboim Cartter Patten – entrepreneur, industrialist, and Civil War captain.

To share His Cherished Places: Ashland Farm; Topside and Mossback – Brooksville, ME; The Deep Hole on Walker Pond; Penobscot River; Horseshoe Ridge and Kell Cabin in Sequatchie County, TN; España; Patagonia; Rivière Sainte-Anne; Banks Island; and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage.

To proclaim His Life Prizes and Surprises: Princeton University; the price of women’s shoes; Rivière Matapédia Atlantic salmon; 2000 State Civic Volunteer Award for the North Chickamauga Creek conservation easement; Camp Four Winds; 1958 Willis Jeep; 1958 Salutatorian Baylor School; and three daughters.

To decode His Formula for Resilience and Restoration: Pilates, fishing, white water canoeing, woods walking, planting trees, balancing his checkbooks, ice cream, blueberry barrens, contemporary art, an occasional Episcopal service, protest marches, and canvasing for political candidates.

To commend His Special Powers: an internal compass, mental math, letter writing, patience, tardiness, snoring, and optimism.

To embrace His Favorite Critters: geese and mallards, dachshunds and bloodhounds, lobsters and crabs, salmon and trout, peepers and bullfrogs, and loons and whippoorwills.

To admire His Collections: American chestnuts, river adventures, camelias, Audubon prints, fly rods, daffodils, spider lilies, azaleas, rhodies, peonies, and lunches with friends.

To elevate The Beloved: the color yellow, afternoons with Annabel, notes on lined pads, Coca-Cola, the Blue Hill Weekly Packet, riding subway systems, the New York Times, reading biographies, and measuring water quality.

To celebrate His Human Legacy: his wife Lee Weigel Patten, granddaughter Annabel Cartter Neal, daughter Ashlee Bryan Patten and partner Colleen Donovan Carboni, daughter Bethany Patten Neal and husband Kenneth Alasdair Neal, and daughter Avery Cartter Patten Barron and husband Michael Shane Barron.

To recognize His Surviving Family: twin brother Worcester Allen Bryan Patten; nieces Elizabeth Gwynn Perdue, Lynn Patten Casey, Elizabeth Patten Casey, Kathleen Caldwell Patten, Sarah Caldwell Patten; and nephews Nowland Bennett Gwynn and William Allen Bryan Patten.

To congregate, please join us for his celebration on Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 West 7th Street. Following the service, the visitation and reception are combined and will be held at the Green Room in The Read House from 1-4 p.m.

To honor Cartter’s friendship and kind spirit, we ask that you contribute to the garden of life by planting a tree or embrace your community by taking a friend to lunch. To extend Cartter’s philanthropic legacy, we suggest gifting Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, The Bright School, National Park Partners, or the American Chestnut Foundation.

Let us go forth in peace, energized by admiration for one another and respect for our Mother Earth.

Visit to view the memorial tribute and share words of comfort with the family.

Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

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