Patrick was one of many unsung African Americans who resisted oppressive powers prior to the start of the civil rights movement. Later, he would enjoy attending book signings celebrating his life. The pinnacle was receiving the Open Door Award in 2011 from the April 4th Foundation, an award given to those who have made extraordinary contributions in the furtherance of civil rights.
Patrick died in Houston, Texas on Oct. 22, 2014 at the age of 96. In her eulogy, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said, ”I am honored to salute Deacon Charles Patrick. Let me say on behalf of an enormously grateful nation, and the President of the United States of America, that we will always know that in life’s way, an earthly way-maker by the name of Deacon Charles Patrick walked this earth.”
Charles Patrick is interred at the Houston National Cemetery.