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May 10, 1943 – July 28, 2023

Alma Fields Burgess, of 1203 High Pearl Street, Petersburg, VA, entered eternal rest on Thursday, July 28, 2023, at her home in Petersburg, VA.

Alma was the daughter of the late Fred and Florine Patterson. She was preceded in death by her sister, Alice P. Smith; daughters, Helen Patterson Jones and Stephanie Tucker Dowdell; brother, Raymond Patterson; grandson, Reginald Patterson Sr.; and her uncle, Parker Anderson.

Alma accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was a devout Christian. She attended Higher Way Ministries of Petersburg, VA until her health declined.

Alma leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Wesley Burgess; brother, Fred Patterson (Olga); daughter, Caysha Suggs; sons, Steve Jones and Lamont Riggins; sisters, Barbara Ann Tucker, Rose Mary Branch, and Carolyn Crane; four granddaughters, Martesha Tucker, Davina Patterson, Tanya Patterson, and Tia Jones all of Petersburg, VA; five grandsons, Walter Tucker, Raymond Ruffin, Mark Tucker (LaTanya), Jermond Tucker (Shana), and Derrick Ruffin all of Petersburg, VA; great grandchildren, Ra’Kem Harmon, Sr., Reginald Patterson, Jr., Jaquan Patterson, Tayveyon Patterson, Jahleah Tucker, Tanya Patterson, Daniya Pair, Stephanie Patterson-Gordon, Antavion Spain, Treyon Patterson, Ryan Patterson, Jayden Patterson, M.J. White, Taylor Tucker, Jermond Tucker, Eve Tucker, Joshua Tucker, Zachariah Tucker, Taysha Ruffin, Crystal Ruffin, King Ruffin, Jihad Ruffin, Angelique Bethune, Omarian Mayfield, Zaniya Ruffin, and Keira Ruffin; great-great grandchildren; devoted friends, Debbie Duke, Patricia Raines, Mr. Peabody, Mr. Mandell, Ms. Ferndine, Willa May and Brenda Rives; and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Services will be held 3:00 P.M., Friday, August 4, 2023, in the Chapel of J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA,, the Rev. Alexander Williams, eulogist. The interment to follow at Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery.

At the request of the family, there will be no public viewing for Mrs. Burgess.

The family will be receiving relatives and friends at 6 D Regal Court, Petersburg, VA and may be contacted by calling (804) 898-0049.

J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, (804) 732-8911, watch the funeral services live online at