Julia Boone Obituary

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Julia R. Boone

June 4, 1928 - April 13, 2012
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Julia R. Boone (83), affectionately known to her family as Ommie, slipped her mortal bonds on April 13, 2012 to assume a new position as Celestial Director of Social Events. She loved to entertain people with her Southern cooking and refined the skill of biscuit making to an art form. She loved her family, writing and gardening. Most of all Julie was a skilled conversationalist who listened carefully and reflected wisely. She had the gift of encouragement and planned social occasions and outings to be uplifting to those who attended. Julie met her husband Phil right after WW II and they were married within 7 months of meeting. They...
Julia R. Boone (83), affectionately known to her family as Ommie, slipped her mortal bonds on April 13, 2012 to assume a new position as Celestial Director of Social Events. She loved to entertain people with her Southern cooking and refined the skill of biscuit making to an art form.

She loved her family, writing and gardening. Most of all Julie was a skilled conversationalist who listened carefully and reflected wisely. She had the gift of encouragement and planned social occasions and outings to be uplifting to those who attended.

Julie met her husband Phil right after WW II and they were married within 7 months of meeting. They took their vow "until death do us part" seriously. Sixty-four years later they still loved each other.

She was born and grew up in Thomson, Georgia under the influence of her great uncle, Tom Watson, a US Senator and head of Populist Party. Her father, an Irish revenue agent during prohibition, disappeared nine months after she was born and her namesake grandmother Julia Cliatt whom she called mama raised her. Her grandmother's house was liberally stocked with books and Julie became an avid reader and lover of the flowers in her garden. Julie continued to love reading and plants of all kinds for her entire life. Her yard was a symphony of daffodils in the spring and a retreat for the soul anytime of the year. She said her hoe kept her in good shape. It seemed as if the more plants she gave away the more she had in her yard. She read several books a week only putting them down for an hour and a half a day in recent years to watch Jeopardy and Lawrence Welk reruns.

During WW II Julie attended a strict Episcopalian boarding school in Birmingham, Alabama and learned self-reliance. After high school she got a work scholarship to a small college in the mountains of North Carolina but circumstances allowed her to only stay for a year. That in no way quenched her quest for education. Over her life she amassed an amazing library of books and could offer sound bites from Erasmus, Augustine and Thoreau before TV news made sound bites popular. Years later, as a member of the Wingate University Board of Trustees, she was a strong advocate for students.

After Phil and Julie were married in 1947 they joined First Baptist Church in Greensboro and began to teach children. She loved working with children, including her own boys Mark and David. She wrote lessons for two groups of children each week plus material for their leaders. These lessons were eventually turned into a book called "Getting to Know Your Bible" that is still being sold. Writing became a passion and she had articles published in Guideposts and numerous other magazines. Her writing also included books on church history and holidays.

She and Phil moved from Greensboro to Raleigh, NC in 1966 and shortly after, Phil started Boone Hearing Aid Center. Julie served as the receptionist and together they helped people have a better quality of life by helping them hear. She frequently talked about how much fun it was to have people from all walks of life, politicians, artists, and famous chefs come in the office. She made them all feel welcome.

She taught Bible classes at Forest Hills Baptist Church for more than 40 years and formed a group of ladies she called the Seer's Club. She organized an outing for that group of ladies to see something new every month for more than 20 years and was a frequent auditor of classes at Southeastern seminary.

She is survived by her husband Philip Boone of Raleigh, NC; her sons and their wives Mark and Joanne Boone of Raleigh, NC and David and Corky Boone of Wake Forest, NC; her grandchildren, Dottie Lanier, Anna Boone, Curt Boone, Ruthie McAdams-Perry, Will Boone, Lauren Brennan, Geoffrey Boone, Johnathon Boone, Julianne Boone, Jameson Boone, and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held for her at Forest Hills Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC at 11:00 AM on Monday April 16, 2012. The family will receive guests in the church parlor beginning at 9:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be given to Forest Hills Baptist Church, 201 Dixie Trail Raleigh, NC 27607.

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