Patricia Jean Kissam

  • Born: February 13, 1939
  • Died: June 8, 2021
  • Location: Hoover, Alabama

Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory

108 Cross Creek Road
Central, SC 29630
Tel. (864) 639-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Patricia Jean Wilde Kissam 82, widow of John Benjamin Kissam, passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2021 in Hoover, Alabama.

She was born on February 13, 1939 in St. Paul, Minnesota, a daughter of the late Granville Mack and Esther Leone Kennedy Wilde. Because her father was in the US Army, she moved with her family from Minnesota to Germany and then finally back to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas where she finished high school. She attended the University of Texas and while a student met the love of her life, Ben Kissam.

After marrying Ben, she worked for a period at Clemson University, but then she spent the rest of her life as a homemaker. She loved her role as wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and was known as a loving, supportive, fun, and generous woman.

While living Six Mile, SC, she was a member of the Six Mile Women's Club and Director of the club-sponsored Miss Six Mile Pageant. Additionally, she was an active Girl Scout leader for many years, and she enjoyed bowling in the University Women's Bowling League. She was also very busy handling the administrative needs of all the various organizations with which she assisted her husband Ben in overseeing. She loved to travel, to read, and to socialize with her friends and family.

After the passing of her husband, she recently moved to Hoover, AL to be closer to her daughter, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was also very excited to be a part of her church, Disciples Fellowship in Hoover, AL.

Surviving are her daughter, Lee Kissam Pastor of Helena, AL; grandchildren, Lauren Pastor Serio and husband, Samuel, of McCalla, AL, and Joshua Pastor of Huntsville, AL; great grandchildren, Harper Pastor and Kayden Serio; and sister, Maxine Williams of Boise, ID. She also was the beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews and a loving cousin to many extended family members.

In addition to her husband and parents, Patricia was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Wilde; and a sister, Diane Chitwood Dollins.

Funeral services will be 11 AM, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 in the Chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central, SC.

A Graveside committal service will be held at 2 PM, Tuesday at the M. J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson, SC.

In lieu of flowers memorials in her memory may be made to the Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands Inc. 5 Independence Point, Ste 120, Greenville, SC 29615. Memorials may also be made online at

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Lee, I am very sorry about your Mom's passing and want to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family. Recently I witnessed how sad it was for our daughter to lose her Mom, my precious Ginny, and I understand your grief. Please know that your faith, family and friends will help you through this difficult time and the beautiful memories you have will give you support.
I met your parents when they moved to Clemson for your Dad to enter graduate school and worked with your Dad in the Entomology Department. Over the years I witnessed the love they had for each other and the love they had for you.

Posted by Tom Skelton - Clemson, SC - Friend   June 14, 2021

Lee, Sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I have many great memories of your Mom while I was in the Girl Scouts. I remember the meetings held at the Six Mile Fire Department and being in the Six Mile Christmas Parade! She had a great sense of humor and loved everyone. God Bless you and your family.

Posted by Tina Galbreath - Liberty, SC   June 14, 2021

Lee, so very sorry to learn of the recent passing of your mom. She was a wonderful person, devoted mother and wife. I also was told of the passing of your father. My first employment at Clemson University was an Administrative Assistant to Dr. Kissam. I had the highest regards for him. He reminded me of my own father who served in the Army for 20 years. The other secretaries were a little scared of him when he walked into the secretaries' office with that serious look on his face. I use to laugh until they got to know him. Working with your dad was the best job I ever had. I learned a lot from him and the PCO Conferences. Your parents were so devoted to each other and admired and loved by many people. They are missed. Please accept my condolences on your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Posted by Dianna Haynes - Central, SC - Friend   June 13, 2021

Our paths have crossed a number of times most recently as neighbors at Clemson Downs and always found them to be good company. My wife was also in the University Woman's Club with Pat and enjoyed being with her in Bowling events. Ben was known for his delicious Apple crop in former years and we remember both of them fondly. Our condolences to the family.

Posted by Carol & Dawson Luke - Clemson, SC - Friend   June 13, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. I got to know her through the Clemson Assn. of Retired Extension Employees, and she & Ben rode with my husband and me to several events. They were interesting and knowledgeable folks to talk to and know. She was a wonderful lady and devoted to Ben and her family. Please accept my condolences on your loss. I hope she & Ben are reunited now forever. Mary Harvey

Posted by Mary Harvey - Easley, SC - Friend   June 12, 2021

So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jennie Stoves - Birmingham, AL - Acquaintance   June 12, 2021

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