Former Longview Mayor Dies At 73

A former Longview mayor, credited for the city's economic success has died.

I.J. Patterson, Jr. was 73, he died in Tennessee. Patterson held the mayor's office from 1993 to1997. Some of his most memorable accomplishments for Longview were securing a 50-year water contract for the city; the arrival of the Longview University Center; and establishing an industrial park.

A memorial service for Patterson will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Welch funeral home in Longview.

Bob Halmark, reporting.  bhallmark@kltv