Burma Davis Posey: Miss Georgia 1968
As Miss Georgia, Burma made 5 appearances per week in 27 of our states and Canada. Over the past 45 years, she has judged, emceed, or performed in over 450 national, state, and local pageants. She groomed countless contestants for competition including Delta Burke. Burma has lived with her family in Heathrow, Florida and Asheville, North Carolina. She has had a most varied career having modeled, written and recorded motivational tapes, traveled the world as a Christian singer, owned a fabulous Antiques Shop in the mountains of North Carolina, and designed an award winning professional building in Winter Park, FL.
Burma is a passionate advocate for the arts, collector, and renown hostess. She has over 20,000 films in her Classic Movie Collection. She was appointed to serve on the prestigious Florida Arts Council by Florida’s Secretary of State. She served on the Board of Directors of the Orlando Opera. She was given the Katharine Harris Florida Arts Award in 2001 and was one of three people chosen as Central Florida’s Volunteers of the Year. She raised over $159,000,000 for over 43 organizations in her volunteer career. She was selected as the Orlando Sentinel’s “Woman of Magic”. She is especially proud for serving on the Founding Fifty for The First Academy in Orlando and founding the “Friends of Cypress Gardens” who led the effort to save the Florida icon in 2003. She recruited members in all 51 states and 27 countries. They raised $13,500,000 in a short 3-1/2 months. She was honored by Governor Jeb Bush and his Cabinet at the State Capitol for her successful efforts.
Burma is married to businessman Jim Posey. They have two daughters, Shanna Lee and Summer Lynn, and one grandson Adam. She is currently writing a cookbook ENTERTAINING SOUTHERN STYLE and her autobiography BEAUTY AND ABUSE.