Patricia Watson Zemurray died peacefully at home in Savannah on the eighth of June, 2021. Pat was born in Swainsboro, Georgia, on February, 23, 1947, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lloyd Watson, Jr. Her grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lloyd Watson, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. John Benjamin Harrell. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Samuel Zemurray III, her parents and grandparents, and her brother Ronald Henry Watson. She is survived by her son, Joseph Emerson Brown Harper, husband H. Donnett Harper, sister-in-law Jacqueline Porter Watson, and cousin Dr. Benjamin Watson.
Known for her kindness, generosity, and intellectual engagement, Pat was tirelessly involved in countless aspects of the community. She was a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism and while at UGA, she was in the honors program, was an active student leader, a member and president of Chi Omega, Mu Beta Chapter, and served on the Panhellenic Council. After graduation and before relocating permanently to Savannah, Pat lived in Virginia and was a writer for the faculty and alumni magazine for the University of Virginia. She also served on the editorial staff of The Washingtonian magazine.
Once in Savannah, Pat quickly became a valued member of the community and lent her intellect, keen eye for detail, and vast knowledge of history, arts, and literature to many. Over the past four decades, her roles and accomplishments included but are by no means limited to: A graduate of Leadership Savannah; feature writer for The Georgia Gazette; member of the Junior League of Savannah; interim director of The Davenport House; member of the Board of Curators for The Georgia Historical Society; member of the Board of Trustees for The Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences; and chairman of The Telfair Ball, 1987.
Pat’s writing can still be enjoyed through her entertaining and edifying narrative of Savannah’s culinary history in Savannah Style, A Cookbook by the Junior League of Savannah, Inc., originally published in 1980.
Pat was also a member of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia (NSCDA-GA) and very active in the preservation and restoration of its state headquarters, the Savannah-based Andrew Low House. She was a past chairman of the NSCDA-GA’s Andrew Low House Committee and Friends of the Andrew Low House. Pat’s knowledge of historic preservation, antiques and antique furnishings seemed to know no bounds.
Pat was a vice president of Honey Ridge Plantation for which she assisted and traveled with her late husband Sam Zemurray in developing a prestigious Pold Hereford Cattle operation.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 17, at St. John’s Church, One West Macon Street, Savannah, with Fr. Gavin G. Dunbar officiating, followed by a private interment. Remembrances can be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Pat was a very dear friend and an amazing person. I send my love and sympathy to Don and Brown and will always remember her for her talents, zest for life, quest for learning and friendship. May she rest in peace.
- Helen McPherson Costantino, Athens, Ga
What a tremendous loss in the passing of Pat. She was a long-term friend for a lifetime. She was a treasure in my life and how she will be missed . I send my condolences and my love to her family and other friends. John M Neighbors
- John M Neighbors, Pilot Mountain , NC
Oh, Pat! I hope your family will accept my deepest condolences. I enjoyed walking to school with you early on, before your family moved far away to the Kite Road. Your mom served me my first spaghetti, and it seemed so worldly. We imagined that Nancy Drew was involved in a mystery on your very staircases. My brother Bill and I occasionally laugh about the Levin's panties (that were passed around as a joke by the staff, including him) he gave you and your mom insisted you give back. You were so lovely and loving and amiable and smart and kind. And, you lived such an outstanding life. I will miss you.
- Mary Walden Bosserman, Decatir, GA
I send my sincere sympathy to the family, Pat was a charming lady.
- John Aubrey Brown, Savannah, GA