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Patricia Burgess Potts, New Smyrna Beach, passed peacefully from this life to the next on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Patricia (Pat) was born in Pensacola, Florida on August 19, 1933. She attended Pensacola High School (1951), and Pensacola Junior College (1953.) She received her undergraduate degree from Abilene Christian University (1955) and her Master’s degree from the University of South Alabama (1984.) Patricia served as an art teacher in the Escambia County, Florida School system, and as a curator for the Roy Hyatt Environmental Center.
She married James H. Potts (Jim) on January 14, 1956. They spent the next 63 years in loving partnership. Together, they raised four children. Pat enjoyed the arts, travel, spiritual studies, and gardening. In addition, she was a gifted homemaker who always created a beautiful environment for her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Burl R and Ervie Davis Burgess, her brother, Burl R. Burgess, Jr.; sister, Mary Jo Burgess, and daughter-in-law, Trish Potts.
Patricia is survived by her husband, Jim, four children, Hal, Johanna (Greg,) Melissa (Tim) and Jay (Natalie); seven grandchildren: James (Vanessa), Andrew (Kendra), Bridgette (Channing), Kellye, Wes (Nikki), Matt, and Anya, and by two great-granddaughters: Vivian and Gianna.
A private family service is planned in Pensacola. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in her memory be made to the First Christian Church of Pensacola, 6031 Goodrich Drive, Pensacola, Florida, 32504.