Pat June Brigance passed away August 6, 2021, with her daughters Rebecca and Royce by her side. Pat was born June 24, 1936, in Hammond, Indiana to Rufus Blaine and Jessie Elizabeth (Blythe) Hicks. Family included brother Voyd B Hicks and sister Wilma J Violet. Pat’s family included husband, the late Albert H. Brigance, daughters; Rebecca Brigance, Royce Brigance Jackson and son-in-law Randy Jackson, the late Dee Irene Damron (Don). 5 Grandchildren; Jamie Haynes, Matthew Haynes (Christa), Phil Damron (Bea), Ken Damron, Cindy Bingaman (Les). 8 Great grandchildren; Mattie Garrett, Katie Garrett, Trinity Haynes, Edwin Haynes, Montana Damron (Shannon), Lisa Damron, Ben Simons and Abby Bingaman and special family member, Easter Edwards. Pat attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University where she met and married Albert H. Brigance March 31, 1956. She was listed in Personalities of the west and Midwest in the 1972 – 1973 edition and served on many boards including Eureka Rescue Mission, Christian Women’s Club and was Vice-President and President of The Eureka Women’s Club in Eureka, California. In 1975 Curriculum Associates published Al’s first Brigance Inventory of Basic Skills. For the next twenty years Pat diligently traveled with Al throughout the United States promoting all of Al’s educational and reading materials. In 1979 Al and Pat moved to Maryville, Tennessee. During the 1980’s both Al and Pat researched and published their family genealogies. This was a tremendous feat due to the fact that most research was done by visiting courthouses, cemeteries, libraries and churches and mostly before the invention of the internet, computers and laptops. In 1984 Pat worked in the gift wrap department at Proffitt’s Department Store in Alcoa and Maryville, and retired in 1994. Pat was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She and enjoyed every moment with her family. She loved the Lord and gave all the glory to God. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to Honor Air of Knoxville P.O. Box 12990, Knoxville, TN 37912 or the Blount County Library 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville, TN 37804. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and a special loving thank you to Easter Edwards. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com
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