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Obituary for Julia Kennedy Tarbutton
Julia Kennedy Tarbutton, 89, peacefully entered her heavenly home on Thursday, December 28, 2017. She was with her family at her home in Madison. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Madison with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow in Lakewood Memorial Park.
Judy was a selfless, devoted follower of her savior, Jesus Christ, serving Him daily while caring for her family and friends. She was an active member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church since its earliest days, serving in many capacities. She enjoyed cooking, reading and cheering for the Ole Miss Rebels.
Mrs. Tarbutton was born on November 23, 1928, in Magee, the daughter of the late Oyler and Julia Kennedy. A graduate of Magee High School, where she was Valedictorian, she continued her education at Copiah Lincoln Junior College. While at Co-Lin she was named Miss Copiah Lincoln. After graduation, Mrs. Tarbutton accepted a position with Standard Oil Company where she met her husband, Jim Tarbutton. They were married for 24 years until his death in 1974.
She will be most remembered by her family as a cherished and adored mother, a beloved grandmother and great-grandmother, a loving sister and friend to many.
Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James Henry Tarbutton and brother, Truett Kennedy.
Survivors include: son, Keith Douglas Tarbutton of Madison; son, James Kenneth Tarbutton of Madison; daughter, Karen Frances Tarbutton Ward (Rob) of Madison; grandchildren, Landri Kennedy Tarbutton McIntosh (Steven) of Ridgeland; Mallory Montgomery Tarbutton Henry (Michael) of Jackson; Mary Kennedy Ward of Madison; great grandchild, Mary Lynley Henry; brother, David Eugene Kennedy (Mildred) of Magee and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Ridgecrest Baptist Church Missions Fund, 7469 Old Canton Road, Madison, MS 39110.