A Life Dedicated To Faith, Family and Service...
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
Today, we pause to pay tribute to the memory of Julia Ann (Warren) McDonald, who was a sweet, kind, and loving daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She was one who loved her family with all her heart, and not only nurtured her family, but enriched the lives of many. On Wednesday, April 9, 1930, in Pendleton, North Carolina, Julia was born to the parentage of the late Johnnie and Anna Vivian Branch Warren. She was one of four children affectionately known as “Sister”.
Along with her siblings, Julia received her formal education in Northampton County, North Carolina. She attended Severn Elementary School and continued onto Willis Hare High School. As a child, Julia was raised on a farm in Pendleton where her family raised cotton, peanuts, corn, chickens, hogs, and vegetables in the garden. She lived in Pendleton most of her life except for a few years, when she lived in Norfolk, Virginia. She worked as an employee at Georgia-Pacific and she retired from Rollic Textile.
As a descendant of a very spiritual family, Julia accepted Christ in her young life at First Baptist Church of Severn and remained a member. It was there that her love for God was developed and spiritual gifts empowered. Being reared in a Baptist family where the tradition prayers, and beliefs were a daily part of her family’s life. Her favorite song was “One Day at a Time”. Julia Ann was an active member of her church, First Baptist Church of Severn, North Carolina and a member of the church choir.
Julia was a woman of faith, strength and courage, who loved family gatherings. She regularly attended the Lassiter-Tyner family reunions on her father’s side of the family and always encouraged other family members to attend. Julia had many favorite pastimes which included watching her favorite TV shows, All My Children, Dallas, and WWE professional wrestling; spending time with her family and cooking. She adored and loved her grandchildren and “great-grandbabies”. One of her favorite activities was preparing food for her family. She was known for fixing family members’ some of her famous sweet tea, potato salad, sweet potato pie, cabbage, and chocolate cake. As she got older, Julia enjoyed going out to dinner with her family at her favorite restaurants, Ralph’s Barbeque and Claudine’s.
“Upon life’s journey, we are given opportunities to plant seeds of goodness, seeds of kindness, and seeds of blessings that bestow our hearts, our work, and our being. For those that sow the fields with loving generosity, so shall they reap the abundant harvest of eternal life.” She was called home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 21, 2020. Her seeds are well sown, her service on earth is complete, and she now experiences the victory and triumph of eternal life. She now rejoins those who preceded her in death: her parents, her sister, Geraldine, her brother, John Henry and former husband, Willie McDonald, Sr.
Though the clouds may hang over, there will be a brighter day. In that land that they call heaven, God shall wipe all tears away. We, who are bound by treasured ties of love and affection as we pass her to God’s keeping: Julia leaves to cherish her memory: three sons, Alvin Warren (Donna), Gerald Warren, Sr. (Denese), Willie Wayne McDonald; grandchildren, Regina, Gerald Jr, Letesha, Katrina, Brandon; great-grandchildren, Amari, Andrew Jr, Ayden, Aniya, A’nasha, Keasha, Jalen, Jordan, and great-great granddaughter, Harmony; sister Janice Warren Jones, nieces Brenda, Beverly, Linda and nephews Barry and Jeffrey and a host of relatives and friends. Beyond the gate, our loved one finds happiness and rest. There is comfort in the thought that a loving God knows best!
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