John B. Julyé began his journey of life on March 27, 1938, in Little River, Alabama. He was born to the proud parents of Benjamin F. Julye and Isabella Robbins-Julye. John has three brothers, Robert, William, and Rogie, and three sisters, Carrie, Fannie, and Eveline.
John received his formal education from the Bay Minette Public School system. He graduated from Douglasville High School on May 11, 1956. John furthered his education at the Community College of Denver, where he received his associate’s degree in Machine Shop on August 31, 1973. John was a master in carpentry and his work was flawless! He was employed by the Cherry Creek School District, in Aurora, Colorado, from 1967 – 1999. At the time of his retirement, he was the Head Forman. After retirement he had his own business called JJ’s Carpentry. Joh n also had many other part-time jobs to ensure that his family was well taken care of. He was an excellent provider.
John met the love of his life Lula Mae Cox at a church meeting in Little River, Alabama, at the Tate Creek Baptist Church. To get Lula’s attention John threw a piece of gum paper and it landed in her plate. She threw it back and the rest is history. Lula left Mobile, Alabama to pursue her nursing decree in Denver, Colorado in 1960. She missed her beloved John so much that she went back to Alabama to get him. John and Lula were married on March 30, 1961, at Church of God in Christ #3. They then returned to Denver with 2 suitcases and $20 in their pocket. After settling in Denver, John and Lula started a family. From their union they had three daughters; Joyce, Janice, and Melody. John was very proud of his family.
John gave his life to the Lord at a young age. He was called to be a Deacon and was ordained at St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church in Denver, Colorado, under the covering of Rev. Fred Hopson. John was a man of great faith, integrity and lived by a strict moral code. John was indeed a King to his family. He was surrounded by his Queen Lula, his daughters, granddaughters, and great granddaughter. They all honored him and held him in high esteem. The most memorable things about John was his smile, sense of humor, his exceptional carpentry skills, his beautiful calligraphy penmanship, and his love for beautiful cars. He also loved to travel with his family.
On February 10, 2017, John departed this life at the age of 78 to be with his Lord and Savior. He fought the good fight of faith and he took hold of eternal life to which he was called, John was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Janice Y. McCummings, his parents Benjamin F. Julye and Isabella Robbins Julye, his brother Rogie July, and sisters Fannie Brown and Eveline July.
John is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Lula Mae Cox-Julyé, two daughters; Joyce Y. (Gerald) Hayward and Melody Julyé-Bobo, three granddaughters; Sharmaine D. (John) Manneh, Yakisha A. Antionette Julyé-Jones, and Alaina Julyé Bobo, and one great granddaughter; Aniya Julyé Frierson, all of Denver and Aurora, Colorado. He also survives two brothers; Robert (Freda) Julye and William (Helen) July, one sister; Carrie (Samuel) James, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
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