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Pattie Burgess Perdue

Pattie Burgess Perdue died Jan. 7, 2013 with her family at her side. She was born in Petersburg on Sept. 21, 1919 to Arthur Earl and Ella Potter Burgess, one of five children. She grew up in Bluefield, W.Va. and attended Bluefield College. She later transferred to Johns Hopkins University where she was a member of the Johns Hopkins University Play Shop Theater. 

A young woman ahead of her time, Pattie moved to New York City and worked at Macy’s Department Store as a comparison shopper. She also hosted a radio show about the latest in home decorations and appliances. She willingly left the big city life behind when she married Philip Sutherland Perdue in Chester in 1942. Full of energy and a desire to help others, Pattie was active in the Chester Methodist Church choir and the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Chesterfield County. She also filled her spare time with gardening, cotillion, real estate, neighborhood bridge and was an exceptional ballroom dancer with husband Philip. Her home was often the gathering place for birthday clubs, bridge clubs, supper clubs and unforgettable New Year’s Eve parties. Her joy of life was contagious, and her hospitality to family and friends was second-to-none. As she frequently said, “People are always more important than things!”

She is survived by two daughters, Pattie Perdue Grubbs and her husband, Jerry, of South Boston; Robin Perdue Wadkins and her husband, Tom, of Richmond; and one son, Dr. Philip S. Perdue Jr., and his wife, Tammy, of Greenville, N.C. 

Mrs. Perdue also was blessed with seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Bliley’s Central Chapel, 3801 Augusta Avenue, Richmond.  

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Sunset Memorial Garden, 2901 West Hundred Road, Chester. 

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The family would like to thank the staff of Emeritus at Deep Run for the loving care they gave to their mother and to Rosa Lee Piercy for her unfailing devotion and care over the past six years.