YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mr. Shawnte’l Maurice “Goose” Patton was born March 7, 1972 in Youngstown, Ohio, a son of Adella Patton and the late Edward Agee. He departed this life on May 2, 2017.
Shawn was a 1990 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and went on to attend Youngstown State University.
He became a member of the YSU football team for the 1990 season and again in 1994, when he helped the Penguins win a Division I-AA national championship in his final season.
He was known as “Goose” because of his ability to be elusive to many defensive lines on the football field. During his football career at Campbell Memorial High School, he helped lead them to the 1989 State Championship Final. He tallied a total of 3,429 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns in his high school career. His senior year alone he rushed for 1,968 yards and 26 touchdowns. He earned First Team All Mahoning Valley Conference honors his junior and senior years. As a senior, he became one of nine memorialites’ to be selected first team all Ohio. He still holds the single season rushing record at Memorial.
He played a prominent role in YSU’s 1994 National Championship. His 1994 season was one of the best in YSU history and he became the Penguins’ top running back. He was first all time in single- season all purpose yards (2,061) and second all time in single season rushing attempts (332), rushing yards (1,626) and 100 yard games. He later went on to play in the European Football league for the London Monarchs.
Prior to his transition, Shawn worked for the City of Youngstown in the street department.
In 1993, he surrendered his life to God and was baptized at Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church and later renewed his relationship with God at The Church of the Rock.
On August 24, 2007, Shawn entered into holy matrimony to Antionette Tisler, who he affectionally called “Annie”.
While he had extensive accomplishments on the football field, he was equally known for his quiet spirit while helping those in need off the field. He especially had a love for working with children. He coached and mentored providing both guidance and encouragement to many youth.
He leaves to cherish his memories his mother, Adella (Tru) Dixon of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; his loving and devoted wife, Antionette Patton of Poland; a daughter, Melanee Patton of Austintown; three sons, MelQuan and Dominic Patton, both of Campbell and Dorian Moton of Fort Knox, Kentucky; two stepdaughters, Paige and Nomiki Willis of Poland; sister, Sherilyn Land of Landover, Maryland; half-siblings, Horace Agee and Callie Agee of Youngstown; three grandsons, Jazzciere Patton and Benjamin Patton-Fontanez of Austintown and MelQuan Patton, Jr. of Campbell; grandmother, Bessie Patton of Youngstown; two sister-in-laws, Filia Doctor and Carmel Sattarelle of Poland; devoted aunts (special aunt, Crystal Hill-Green); uncles; cousins (special cousins, Jamiel Hill and Nikk Jones); godmother, Yolanda Charles as well as other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Agee; stepfather, Melvin Land, who reared him from six months of age to adulthood; son, Darius Patton; half-brother, Courtland Brown; grandparents, Joellen Patton, Thomas German and Horace and Callie Agee; his father-in-law, Frank Tisler, whom he lovingly cared for until his death and mother-in-law, Evangeline Tisler.
Friends may call on Friday, May 12 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home, 1951 McGuffey Rd., Youngstown and from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning, May 13 at the New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman Street, Youngstown, with funeral services immediately following at 10:00 a.m.
Please visit www.leblackphillipsholdenfuneralhome.com to share online condolences with the Patton family.
A television tribute will air Tuesday, May 9 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.