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Julia T. McKinney

May 21, 1930February 20, 2021
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Julia T. McKinney, age 90, passed away on February 20, 2021 at the Decatur Morgan Hospital in Decatur, Alabama. She was born on May 21, 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama. She is survived by her sons, Bruce (Anita) of Decatur and David (Nancy) of Birmingham; daughter, Gayle Allgood (Robert) of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Andrea Carter (Jay), Amy Smith (Ches), Allison Grill (Pat), Ashley Williams (Ben), Neal Allgood (Jayme), and Shannon Ray (Collin); and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 67 years, Edward L. McKinney; her parents, Chester E. Thrash and Naomi W. Thrash; brother, Chester L. Thrash; sister, Doris T. George; and granddaughter, Lisa McKinney.

Julia graduated from West End High School and worked for the Southern Bell Telephone Co. and Mt. Brook High School along with raising her three children. She was a member of Cahaba Heights United Methodist Church for over 50 years, where she sang in the choir and was an active member of the United Methodist Women’s group. Julia loved travelling, tailgating at Auburn football games, china painting and spoiling her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her favorite activity was spending time with the love of her life, her husband Ed.

A Celebration of Julia’s life will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021 at Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, Al. Visitation will begin at noon, with the service following at 1 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Neighborhood Christian Center, 619 Bank Street N.W., Decatur, Alabama 35601.

The service will be live streamed on the Southern Heritage Funeral Home Facebook page at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2021.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.southernheritagefunerals.com for the McKinney family.

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    Friday, February 26, 2021

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Alan and Frances Wildsmith

February 27, 2021

Julia was a beautiful woman inside and out. Our hearts hurt for the family because we know you will miss her so much! It is comforting to know she knew her Lord and is now in His presence. We will pray for you as you mourn for her death, yet rejoice for her well-lived life.

Valerie Luesse

February 26, 2021

Mr. and Mrs. McKinney tried to get my husband Dave and me to call them "Ed and Julia" for years, but it seemed disrespectful somehow. We loved and looked up to them so much. After he passed, and I lost my gardening buddy, somehow she became "Julia." It was as if we had become girlfriends after all those years. I will miss our talks and her smile, just as I miss him every day. What a beautiful example of a Christian marriage. What a wonderful family they had together.

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