Julia M. Pope
November 28, 1938 – May 1, 2021
Julia Bell McWhorter Pope died on the 1st day of May, 2021. Julia was predeceased by her husband,Max Cleveland Pope; parents, Mary Bell McWhorter and Paul Kerr McWhorter; brothers - Paul KerrMcWhorter, Jr. (Lenora), Robert Dale McWhorter; brother-in-law, Robert Benjamin Nelson;nephew, Robert Benjamin Nelson, Jr.; brother-in-law, Dealie Wayne Pope (Charmian), andsister-in-law, Faye Pope Smith. Julia is survived by her sons, Max Cleveland Pope, Jr. and wife, Linda, and Lee McWhorter Popeand wife, Fontaine. She is also survived by four very much loved special granddaughters, MargaretMunger McCall Pope, Mary Dealie Pope, Julia Bell Pope, and Caroline Lee Pope. Also survivingis Julia's sister, Louise McWhorter Nelson, sister-in-law, Martha Gilstrap McWhorter, andbrother-in-law, Wayne Smith. Julia is survived by cousins and nieces and nephews whom she lovedvery much. Julia was born in Rome, Georgia on November 28, 1938. She spent her earliest years in Gaylesville,Alabama, before moving to Rome with her family. She graduated from Rome High School. Afterhigh school, she attended the University of Alabama, graduating in 1959. While at the University,Julia served as president of her social sorority, Kappa Delta Sorority. She was a member of MortarBoard, a Corolla Beauty, Who's Who Among College and University Students, and she was selectedas "Miss University of Alabama" Million Dollar Band Sponsor. Julia met her husband, Max, whileat the University, and they enjoyed their time together there very much. Not surprisingly, Juliamaintained fond memories of her college years, and at the time of her death, she was an activemember of Women of the Capstone. After Max graduated law school, they moved to Mountain Brook, Alabama. Max practiced law, andJulia enjoyed membership in various civic groups. She was active in the Service Guild ofBirmingham and the Birmingham Bar Auxiliary, serving as president of both organizations. Sheparticipated in the PTAs at her sons' schools and attended their sporting events faithfully. Juliacontinued her work with Kappa Delta, serving as Province President and its first National Directorof Scholarship, as well as serving locally as the President of the Mountain Brook AlumnaeAssociation. Julia had a lifelong love of needlework which she lovingly shared with her granddaughters. Laterin life, she took up painting, especially enjoying watercolor. She was an active member of theWatercolor Society of Alabama, serving as its membership chairman for several years. Julia never met a stranger; she was outgoing and happy to share a word with just about anyone. Shewas a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be missed greatly by all who were blessed tohave known her. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. in the Parlor at CanterburyUnited Methodist Church. A funeral service will be held in the Sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent's Foundation (Bruno Cancer Center), 1130 22nd StreetS., Ste. 1000, Birmingham, Alabama 35205, UAB Department of Neurology (Parkinson DiseaseResearch), UAB Gift Records, AB 1230, 1720 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama35294-0112.
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Julia M. Pope
Barbara Binion Beard
May 7, 2021
Julia and I pledged KD together at the University of Ala.and we have been friends all these years.
She was a special friend and will be forever in my heart. Our great loss is God’s gain. What a brave battle she fought with cancer. Her legacy is such a gift to her loved ones. We have been blessed to have her in our lives.
Blessings and prayers to her family.
Barbara Binion Beard
May 3, 2021
We will miss our kind and thoughtful neighbor, Julia.
Her devoted family is in our thoughts and prayers.
John H. Green and Judy Dolan