Robert Powell "Doc" PATTY ID#1021, b. 15 October 1903, d. 14 June 1966
Father*Robert Calhoun PATTY1 b. 20 Jan 1883, d. 6 Apr 1947
Mother*Rebecca Wright POWELL b. 30 Oct 1881, d. 4 Dec 1950
Birth*Robert Powell "Doc" PATTY was born on 15 October 1903 in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi.2,3 
He was the son of Robert Calhoun PATTY and Rebecca Wright POWELL.1 
Census 1910Robert Powell "Doc" PATTY appeared on the 1910 census of Robert Calhoun PATTY on 21 April 1910 in Washington Street, Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi; Head Robert C Patty 27, wife Rebecca P Patty, daughter Mary C Patty 8, son Robert P Patty 6, brother Thomas I Patty 29, sister Katherine L Patty 25, brother William L Patty 22, brother Henry M Patty 20, sister Mary F Patty 15.4

Census 1920Robert Powell "Doc" PATTY appeared on the 1920 census of Robert Calhoun PATTY on 1 January 1920 in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi.5

College*Robert Powell "Doc" PATTY graduated from in Mississippi State University, Starkville, Oktibbeha, Mississippi, in 1926.6

Marriage*He married Dorothy HERRINGTON, daughter of James Robert HERRINGTON and Lilla MARTIN, on 2 September 1930 in Rolling Fork, Sharkey, Mississippi.1 
Occupation*Robert Powell "Doc" PATTY was with the Mississippi State University Athletic Department in 1932. 
Census 1940*He was Head of Household in the 1940 Federal Census on 29 April 1940 in Oktibbeha, Mississippi.2

NOTE*Robert "Doc" Patty coached the Mississippi State University Baseball team to it's first SEC (Southeastern Conference) Baseball Championship game in 1948. This was the first year that the SEC was split into two divisions, East and West. Mississippi State (Western) played against Auburn University (Eastern) in a five game series starting 28 May 1948 in Starkville. Mississippi State beat Auburn 7-5 and 4-3 in first two games in Starkville and won again 6-5 in Opelika, Alabama to win championship on 31 May 1948.

Again in 1949, "Doc" Patty lead the Mississippi Bulldogs to their second SEC Championship by beating Kentucky 3 games to one.

"Doc" Patty was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 1948 and 1949.

Robert "Doc" Patty was the Mississippi State Baseball Team Coach from 1948 to 1956. 
Photo*He was photographed

Left-to-right: Dorothy Herrington Patty, Mary Foote Patty, Beth Patty, Corine Patty Hairston, Doroty Patty Vallas - at the home of Corine Patty Hairston in Crawford, Mississippi in 1960. Photo on wall is of George W. Hairston III, Corine's son. about 1960. 
Death*He died on 14 June 1966 in Starkville, Oktibbeha, Mississippi, at age 62.3 
Obituary*Veteran MSU Official Dies (The Clarion-Ledger, Starkville, Mississippi, Wednesday, June 15, 1966)

Rites Set Wednesday For R. P. (Doc) Patty

Starkville -- Robert Powell (Doc) Patty, 63, longtime business manager of athletics at Mississippi State University died at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning at Felix Long Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Patty, a graduate of the class of 1926, joined the MSU Athletic Dept. Staff in 1932 and held various assignments in the department for the past 34 years with time out for duty in the Navy during World War II. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Mary Swearengen, of Water Valley and Mrs. Ted Vallas, of Chicago, Ill. and a sister, Mrs. George Hairston of Crawford. During his Navy service Patty served as athletic director at Iowa Preflight training school and was discharged with the rank of Lt. Commander.

A native of Macon, Patty played both football and baseball during his collegiate career at Mississippi State (then Mississippi A. and M.) He was a halfback in football and was recognized as one of the top punters in the old Southern Conference. He began his coaching career at Rolling Fork and served there until returning to his alma mater in 1932. During his long and successful tenure of service he served as assistant baseball coach, head baseball coach, a member of the schools physical education staff acting as athletic director and business manager of athletics. Patty, coached two southeastern conference championship baseball teams 1948 and 1949 and sent several of his players to the major leagues. His 1953 team won the western division title.

Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. D. C. Applegate at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of Memories on the M.S.U. campus. Interment will follow in Oktibeha Memorial Gardens. Martin and Welch Funeral Home is in charge. The family has requested no flowers.
Burial*He was buried in Memorial Gardens, Starkville, Oktibbeha, Mississippi.7 


Dorothy HERRINGTON b. 29 Mar 1908, d. 19 Aug 2008

Sources (

  1. [S73] Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) - This information has been claimed, but I have no idea if it is accurate.
  2. [S1940] 1940 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  3. [S93] Social Security Death Index.
  4. [S3634] "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 November 2021), Robert C Patty, Macon Ward 2, Noxubee, Mississippi, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 87, sheet 6B, family 125, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 754; FHL microfilm 1,374,767.
  5. [S1920] 1920 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  6. [S1860] 1860 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  7. [S48] Find A Grave Website with Photo - only listings with photos of grave markers that are contemporary to the deceased individuals death are acceptable for genealogical proof.
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