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Patricia Ann Gates passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2023, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, MS. She was born October 19, 1958, to the late Joe R. and Hattie Ree (Nichols) Higgins.
Pat was a lifelong member of New Hope Baptist Church in Mount Olive, MS. She loved our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and passed that on to her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed fishing with her grandsons, playing Bingo, and watching game shows. She was a loving wife to her husband, Robbie Gates for thirty-eight years and continued that love for him even after his passing. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her daughters, Carrie Brown (Mark), Amanda Gates, and Kimberly Berry (Jason); brother, Charlie Higgins; ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, J.R. and Hattie Ree Higgins; husband, Robbie Gates; brother, Larry Higgins and sister, Merle Higgins Thornton.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at Tutor Funeral Home in Magee, MS, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. The service will be on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at New Hope Baptist Church in Mount Olive, MS at 11:00 AM with Rev. Jimmy Arender officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers are Lee Berry, Jason Higgins, Joey Higgins, Kenny Higgins, Matthew Higgins, and Lane Shows.
Arrangements are entrusted with Tutor Funeral Home of Magee.
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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.

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