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Mrs. Julia Ellen Burleson, 99, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, February 7, 2011 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana. She was born on July 12, 1911 in Winkler, Texas to William Bennett French and Elnor Mae Womack of Winkler, Texas. She was a high school graduate of Winkler.
Julia married Joe E. Burleson of Birdston, Texas. Julia and Joe are the parents of three children; Don Burleson of Corsicana, Carol Burleson of Streetman and Judy Burleson Greene of Corsicana. The family worshiped at New Hope Baptist Church. There were four boys; J.C., Carlton, Bennie (Sonny), and William Ellis. The girls are Anna Mae Knight, Julia Burleson, Mary Lee Montgomery, Elnor Faye Evans, Opal Lilly and Jolita Utzman. Julia worked on the farm with her husband Joe in Streetman. In 1954 the family moved to Blooming Grove. Julia worked for Haggar Slack Factory pressing slacks. First Baptist Church was the family church, Brother Rickey led both the girls to salvation during a revival meeting. In 1961 the family moved to Corsicana. After moving several times the family purchased a home in Corsicana near Community Park. Julia was aresident of Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Corsicana.
She was preceded in death by her husband; Joe Burleson, son; Don Burleson, Five Sisters and Four Brothers.
She is survived by her Daughters; Judy Greene of Corsicana and Carol Jock of Streetman, Granddaughters; Damara Watkins & Donna Murray of Corsicana and Teresa Watkins of Fairfield, Grandsons; Lynn Hutson & Ricky Burleson of Corsicana and Chris Jock of Kerens, Ten Great Grandchildren, Four Great Great Grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, February 11, 2011 at Birdston Cemetery with the Rev. Floyd Petersen officiating. Interment will follow in Birdston Cemetery.