Julia Ellen McKenzie Workmon, 83, passed away February 9, 20201 in Savannah, Georgia.
Julie, as she was known, was a Savannah native, born June 1, 1938. She spent much of her growing up on Isle of Hope with her younger sisters, and parents Tom and Betty McKenzie. She played on the St. Vincent’s Academy basketball team and was a member of the class of 1956.
Julie loved dancing and music, both leading her to spend time with friends on Barbee’s Pavilion on Isle of Hope as teen. She soon met and married Bob Franklin Workmon in June 1956, eventually giving birth to four sons. She delighted in her boys despite their often turbulent growing pains. Julie encouraged each of them in pursuit of their dreams as businessmen and artists.
It’s accurate to say children and teaching were a source of joy for Julie. She earned a certificate in early childhood education, co-founded Colonial Manor, a successful pre-school, which led her to work with young children at Savannah’s Jewish Educational Alliance in the 1970s. She accomplished all that in addition to raising four boys and maintaining a household while suffering for years with misdiagnosed recurring-remitting Multiple Sclerosis.
Julie is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bob and her son Thomas. She is survived by her sisters Mary McKenzie of Charleston, SC, and Helen McKenzie Taggart of Savannah; sons: Robert Workmon of Wilmington, NC, Charles (Bud) Workmon and his wife Cathy of Saint Simons, GA, Patrick Workmon and his wife Janet of Savannah, GA; Grandchildren: Charles Workmon Jr. and wife Courtney of Indian Land, SC, Andrew Workmon and wife Jackie of Lexington, SC, Christopher Workmon and his wife Brooke of Savannah, GA, Glen, Matthew and Elizabeth Workmon of Savannah, GA, Greg Workmon and his wife Lindsey of Marietta, GA, Ben Workmon of Raleigh, NC, and Julia Workmon of Winston-Salem, NC; Great Grandchildren: Kate, Lucy, Sam, Ellie, Molly and Joe Workmon of Indian Land, SC, Caroline, Drew, Jake and Charlotte Workmon of Lexington, SC, Ray Workmon of Savannah, GA and lastly Rhett and Susannah Workmon of Marietta, GA.
The Funeral Service to honor her life will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Fox & Weeks, Hodgson Chapel. Burial will follow in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.
Prayers of deep peace and strength for you all. Hugs and prayers..
- Kelly Kilpatrick Hunt, Savannah, GA
Bob, Bud,Patrick & Families Sorry to hear the news. Growing up, Julie was like another Mom to me and gave me the best cousins (brothers) I could ever ask for. I will miss her deeply. Forever in my❤️!
- Leslie Ann Davidson, Savannah, GA
Sending love and prayers to Julie’s family. We were childhood friends. She was a special friend. Harriet Phillips
- Harriet Phillips , West Chester, Pa.
Sorry for your loss. Pat, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.
- Billy Winters, Stuart, FL
I enjoyed every minute of your company, while caregiving for your mother. I still cherish those memories!!!!
- Doretha (Rita) Bamforth, Savannah, Georgia
We were saddened to hear this news of Julie's passing Our heartfelt condolences to the family. She was part of the extended Isle of Hope family, she and her parents Tom & Betty were best friends with my parents Adele & Chester. Julie was a very special person I would go and visit her & Betty whenever I was back in town and she will be missed.
- Chester & Sandi Nielubowicz BC62', Isle of Hope, GA
Pat, Bud, Bobby, Helen, Mary and family, I’m heart broken over Julie’s death, just as I know all of you are. Not many friendships endure the length of time ours did, since we were born. She was my sister by another mister and I loved her dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. may she Rest In Peace!
- Carolyn Beebe, Savannah, GA
Helen and family, Sandy and I we saddened to learn of Julie's passing. Losing a sibling is difficult but we hope your memories of good times will bring you some comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Catherine.
- Catherine Gilbert, Savannah, GA
very sorry for your loss, i did not know her but know helen.
- PHILIP HINELY, GASTONIA, NC
hele , please contact me at my email address thanks , Philip hinely
- PHILIP HINELY, GASTONIA, NC
My deepest condolences to the family.I enjoyed every minute i spent with Mrs Julia when i came to work her room was my first stop.To get our laugh for the beginning of the night.And laughing so loud waking others.Her saying lets blow this joint Our imaginary trips to Texas to find cowboys and Newyork to find highrollers im going to miss u Mrs Workman.Take ur Rest Sugar Momma as we called each other.Your gone but wont be forgotten.
- Staci Fraser, Savannah, Ga
Wishing you and your family peace at this difficult time.
- Melissa Garno, Statesboro, Georgia
I am so sorry for the of the loss of your Mom. Mrs. Workmon was such a great mother and I have such very special memories of your Mom and spending time with your family.
- Mario de la Guardia , Atlanta, Ga
Pat, I’m very sorry for your loss. Losing your sweet mother is so very difficult. I will keep her and you in my prayers. God bless you and your family.
- Hilda Maria de la Guardia, Atlanta, GA
Very sorry for your loss
- Carolyn Hunt, Savannah, GA
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- Funeral Service
- 11:00 a.m. on Sat, February 13, 2021
- Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (map)
Savannah GA 31406
- on Sat, February 13, 2021
- Greenwich Cemetery
330 Greenwich Road (map)
Savannah GA 31404