Ann Julius was Dogwood Arts volunteer

Sandra ClarkObits, West Knox County

Dogwood Arts festivities have endured over time because of the leadership of volunteers like Ann S. Julius. She volunteered over 25 years, serving as the long-standing folk-art manager, co-chair in 1985, and as the beloved mascot, “Dogwoody,” for many of those years.

Although both were from Iowa, Ann and husband Clark E. Julius moved to Knoxville in 1971 and immediately became involved with the community. Dr. Julius had finished medical school, served as a U.S. Navy medical officer in Vietnam from 1966-68 and completed dermatology training at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock. Upon arrival here, Clark founded the Knoxville Dermatology Group, later serving as chief of staff of the UT Medical Center in 1987 and was a full professor of medicine at the UT College of Graduate Medical Education.

Ann was a teacher, having taught elementary school in both Iowa and Tennessee. She has been a member of Concord United Methodist Church since 1973 where she served a term as president of the Methodist Women’s Association. She was a member of the Tennessee Quarterback Club and on the LaTain McGhee Scholarship Committee. She was an avid Vol fan for all Tennessee athletics.

The family will receive friends at Concord United Methodist Church, 11020 Roane Drive in Farragut on Friday, April 26, 2024, from 5-7 p.m. A celebration of life service will be held at Concord UMC on Saturday April 27, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Darris Doyal officiating. Graveside services will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Lenoir City, Tennessee. The full obituary is here.

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