Thomas G. Burgess

Thomas G. Burgess, age 77, passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014. He was born in Westville, to William Thomas Burgess and Gladys Spears Burgess. Tom was a long time resident of Santa Rosa County. He was a member of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola. He was raised in Holmes County where his parents owned land. He learned the beauty of country life during his youth and took pride in helping his Dad, cultivating vegetables and picking up cotton in the time of harvest. After he graduated from Ponce de Leon High School, he joined the Air Force where he served in the Strategic Air Command division. He later served in the Air Force Reserve. He worked the rest of his working years as a fiberglass mold builder. He was well known in the panhandle area for his expertise in doing the work he loved to do.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Consuelo Latour Burgess of Pace; his children, Stephen Burgess of Pace and Sandra Bretschneider and husband Adam of Pensacola; two granddaughters, Tahlia and Elyza; one sister, Helen Bedsole of Pensacola; one brother, Jerry Burgess and wife Beulah Mae of Westville and numerous nephews and nieces.
A time of visitation was held Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Olive Baptist Church, 1836 East Olive Road, Pensacola, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services were held Friday, June 6, 2014 at Beulah Anna Baptist Church, 1363 Coursey Road, Westville beginning at 11 a.m. with Dr. Stan Lewis officiating. Committal services followed at the Beulah Anna Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Air Force. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at Arrangements and services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home.
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on June 11, 2014