Retired Hinds County Court Judge Houston Patton died Jan. 12

January 16, 2020

Retired Hinds County Court Judge Houston Patton died on Jan. 12 at St. Dominic Hospital. He was 84.

Chief Justice Mike Randolph

The funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church. Burial will be in Richmond Grove Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Collins Northside Chapel in Jackson. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will conduct a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. The Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Judge Patton served for 25 years as a Hinds County Court Judge. Gov. Ray Mabus appointed him to the County Court bench in April 1989. Judge Patton retired Dec. 31, 2014.

Senior Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green said, “His greatest contribution was his work in the Youth Court, as a Youth Court Judge in Hinds County. He loved children.”

He was in private law practice in Jackson for 10 years before he took the bench. In his early career, he was a staff attorney for Legal Services, then deputy director of a Legal Services office.

Judge Patton was a 1955 graduate of Tougaloo Preparatory High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in communications from Fresno State College in Fresno, Calif., in 1962. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law School in Baton Rouge in 1972.

He was a member of the Magnolia Bar Association, the Mississippi Bar, the Mississippi Conference of County Court Judges and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.