Mrs. Judy H Mckinnon

September 19, 1926September 9, 2013

McKinnon, Judy H., aged 86, and Julian B., aged 90, passed away, on September 9, 2013 in a traffic accident on Highway #280. They were longtime members of the Vestavia Hills Methodist Church. Judy Heath McKinnon was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated from Ensley High School. She attended Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. She was a lifelong lover of gardening and music, playing piano and singing in numerous choirs since the age of 13 years. In 1970, she performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as a member of the chorus performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. She was a member of several Garden Clubs, both in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Birmingham, Alabama, where she won numerous awards for her flower arrangements. In addition, to music and gardening, she was an accomplished seamstress and a loyal member of the Birmingham Quilter’s Guild.

Julian Beachel McKinnon was born in Douglas, Georgia and graduated as Valedictorian of Coffee County High School. He attended South Georgia College and graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia where he was elected a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honorary society. During World War II, he served in the glider corps in the European theater and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1946. After the war, J.B. began a distinguished career with the United States Steel Corporation where he was involved in evaluating corporate labor contracts. In retirement, he embraced the game of golf and worked for many years at Eagle Point Golf Course, and of course, he was an ardent fan of University of Georgia football.

Judy and J.B. enjoyed spending time with their family. Survivors include their daughter, Ellen Colton (Kenneth) and grandchildren, Clare and Alexander of Montclair, New Jersey; Judy’s sister, Jean Heath Williams of Birmingham; and J.B.’s sister, Gail McKinnon Lowry of Orlando, Florida and many cherished nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on September 28 at 11 AM at Danberry at Inverness, 235 Inverness Center Drive, Hoover, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) at 424 East 92 Street, New York, New York 10128 or Many thanks to all for your expressions of sympathy.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 28, 2013

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Claudia Tipton

September 18, 2013

To the Family of Judy H McKinnon and Julian B McKinnon

I am so very sorry to have learned about the loss of your loved ones. I too have lost loved ones to death. Not a day goes by that I don

William Askew

September 13, 2013

I am broken hearted that this has happened but I trust in God's plan and I know all shall be well. My first memory of anyone in my life outside my family is Judy. She was the most beautiful and kind person I ever met in my life. She always treated me like her own child and I will never forget her. I feel sure she treated everyone like she did me but she made me feel like I was important in God's plan. She would fix me BLT sandwiches at her home when I was just 5 years old and she put mayonaize on the sandwich. I did not like mayo except when she fixed the sandwich. To this day I only like mayo on BLTs. It is because I loved her so very much and it always makes me think of her. Her kindness goes beyond understanding if you did not know her. Her gentleness and beauty were palpable. She looked like Miss America but she was even more georgeous on the inside. I had tremendous respect for J.B. He called me Billie and I will never forget his smile. I feel the air going out of my self as I think about them being gone. I have to pause and gain my breath. God has two very special people that he has brought into his home. Ellen, know that I am thinking of you and we will do anything in the world to help you through this. Please call me if you can. Much love - Bill Askew