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John Colquitt “JC” Burgess

   John Colquitt “JC” Burgess, 17, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.  Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday,  Jan. 24, 2015 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Amarillo with the Rev. Jo Roberts Craig officiating. Arrangements were by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
   JC was born in Amarillo, Texas on Dec. 3, 1997 to Margo Colquitt Burgess and Campbell Burgess. JC was a proud graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, class of 2012. He attended Ascension Academy, and was currently a junior at Amarillo High School.
   JC was an avid hunter and marksman. His dream was to become part of the Elite Navy SEAL Team. That dream became a partial reality when he was made an “Honorable SEAL” by his new found group of SEAL buddies.
   JC’s legacy will live long past his days on earth. His strength, integrity, empathy, patriotism and quick wit will remain in the hearts and on the minds of each and every person he knew. JC was an amazing young man and will be missed by all.
   JC was preceded in death by great-grandparents,  John ‘Bud’ and Margaret Jones Colquitt of Dalhart; Coney and Johnnie  Burgess of Dumas, and grandmother Cornelia Jane “Janie” Burgess of Amarillo.
   He is survived by his mother, Margo Colquitt Burgess; father, Campbell Burgess; brother, Taylor and sister, Peyton; grandparents, John O. and Carol Ann Colquitt, and Coney Burgess all of Amarillo; three aunts, Jamie Rehm and husband Dr. Jason of Chattanooga, Tenn; Katie Adams of Amarillo; and Charlotte Burgess Griffiths and husband William of Abergavenny, Wales; two uncles, C. Coney Burgess, Jr. of Vallejo, Calif., and Carson H. Burgess of Amarillo; and cousins Austin and Charlie Rehm, Maggie, Olivia and Olliver Adams, C.C. Burgess, Ottilie and Bascom Griffiths; and his beloved dogs, Mia and Yeti.
   JC’s family would like to thank those who recently helped give JC the time, energy and strength to make many quality memories; The Palliative Care Team, Neurology and Rehab Staffs at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth; Make a Wish Foundation; Barbara & Allan Simpson of Rolling Meadows Academy of Dog Training; BSA Hospice; and the “Special Angels” who stayed by his side since his return to Amarillo.
   In lieu of flowers, JC’s family suggests memorials be made to the JC Burgess Memorial Scholarship Fund at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, 1501 S. Georgia Street, Amarillo, Texas, 79102 or Make a Wish Foundation. Sign the online guest book at

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