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In 95 years the human heart will beat approximately 3,994,560,000 times, and from the first beat to the last you experience a lifetime of memories. Julia's first heartbeat was at 12:03 am on June 11, 1922, when she was born to her parents Carl and Lola Phillips in her grandmother's house in McGinnis County Tennessee. Julia was the youngest of 3 siblings; Carlee Phillips (Tarver) and William (Bill) Phillips. She fondly recalled her mother sharing that she had prayed for 3 children and she was the tie-breaker.

Julia's family was no stranger to hard work, with both parents being gainfully employed and married for over 50 years. She and her siblings originally attended Douglas Elementary school. The family then moved to Johnson City, TN which was considered a "big" city. Julia attended Dunbar Elementary School in Johnson City and walked 45 minutes to class every day. She later attended Langston High School where she played the clarinet in the school band. The family attended Faithful Baptist Church, which was founded in 1869. It was at Faithful Baptist Church where Julia was baptized and accepted Christ in her life. The spiritual energy and teachings she received there would give her a strong faith in Jesus Christ her entire life. She sang in the choir and enjoyed humming and singing spiritual hymns.

Upon graduating high school in 1941, Julia left Tennessee for the big city and lived and worked in Washington DC and New York City for several years. She enjoyed her new independence in both cities, taking the subway and making new friends. She was known to share stories about meeting Duke Ellington and Lena Horne at one of the clubs where she worked as a hat-check girl.

In the mid-fifties, Julia moved to Miami, FL along with her parents. It was during this time that she became a wife and mother. In the 1960's, she started a career in the healthcare field as a Certified Nursing Assistant. This career decision defined Julia and allowed her to share her nurturing nature with others. She worked as a CNA at Mercy Hospital for thirty years, from 1960 to 1990. During that time she purchased a home as a single mom, raised her children, Donnie and Theresa, and took care of both her parents until their deaths. She also cultivated many friendships during that 30 year period at Mercy Hospital. One close friend once said, if you call Julia your friend you have a friend indeed.

Julia retired in 1990, but still remained very active. She and her sister lived together and ran a small in-home daycare for children aged 6 months-2 years. Not only were her prices fair, but a lot of first time mothers relied on her for guidance and advice. Once again, she would forge lifetime bonds with many of these children and their parents.

Some might think this was the end of her story. In 1998, however, Julia was on the move again; this time to Texas to be with her children. So, after 40 years as a Floridian and living in Opa-Locka, FL, she moved to Dallas with her sister. Julia loved Texas! She enjoyed the trees, the seasons and more importantly the love of her children and new friends to call family. She also continued the daycare business in Texas.

Oh, but it doesn't stop there. Julia expressed her artistic side in her late 80's and 90's by writing poetry, mastering word search puzzles and adult coloring books. She also enjoyed watching her favorite sports team, the Dallas Mavericks. She kept up with the presidential news of the times; always noting how handsome Barack Obama was each time she saw him on TV, and yelling take the "T" off of Trump. Julia never missed Joel Osteen on Sundays and would recite the opening of the service by heart. Additionally, she seldom turned down an opportunity to give to charities, such as local police drives, and made a point send personal notes to her numerous God-children who kept in touch with her over the years.

Julia experienced the Great Depression as a child, the realities of segregation, the value of honest work, and the duties of motherhood. She also learned to use some of the first computers, voted for the first black president, and enjoyed Facebook. As her health began to decline and her days became more filled with nurses, therapist, attendants and visitors who would ask "How are you today Mrs. Coleman" she always responded, "I don't have bad days". But the best demonstration of her spirit was when at 94 years of age, she needed major emergency surgery and the Pastor came to pray with her. He asked what would like for me to pray for, she said, "Pray for the world". Her pure vibrancy for life was a gift that touched the lives of her family, friends, acquaintances and strangers.

Julia is preceded in death by her mother in 1976, her father in 1992; husband Woodrow Coleman in 1998; sister Carlee Phillips Tarver in 2012 and brother William "Bill" Robert Phillips in 1992.

She leaves cherished memories with a loving and devoted daughter Theresa Coleman-Smith (Ronanthony) of Rowlett, TX, a cherished son Donald Phillips (Denise) of Lewisville, TX, as well as nephews William Phillips of Palm Coast, FL; Carl Franklin Phillips of Chattanooga, TN; niece Janice Phillips of Johnson City, TN and a host of dear and treasured family and friends.