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Julia Zellner Jordan

On Feb. 26, 1916, Julia Z. Jordan was born in Pike County and raised in Lamar County as the youngest of 13 children of Oliver and Emma Zellner. She died Sept. 8, 2013. She left Barnesville in the late 1930s to train at the Apex College of Beauty Culture and Hairdressing in Atlanta, Ga. After finishing training, she left Atlanta to work as a beautician in Inkster, Mich. Homesick and with aging parents, Julia returned to Barnesville where she was reunited with her childhood church, West Mount Sinai Baptist Church. She was a former member of the original gospel choir and the usher board. She served on the missionary board. Julia began building her career as a beautician in Lamar County that was known as Julia’s Beauty Shop. She inspired and trained many in the field of beauty culture along the way. She had a love for flowers, ceramics and quilting. She was married to the late Roosevelt Jordan. She is survived by family members including a daughter, Fannie M. Powell and a son, Andrew Brown Jr., both of Barnesville, Ga.; six stepchildren, Mr. Marvin Jordan (Rose) of Thomaston, Ga., Mrs. Margaret Moore of Forsyth, Ga., Mrs. Virginia Jordan Wilson of Texas, Mr. Nathaniel Jordan of Griffin, Ga., Ms. Jewell Jordan and Mrs. Jerry Dean Dowdy (Willie), all of Cleveland, Ohio; a sister, Jannie Gross of Inkster Mich.; three grandchildren, Andrew Powell of Louisiana, Jacinta P. Rawling (Musa) of Stockbridge, Ga., and Elisa Powell of Norcross, Ga.; three great-grandchildren, 22 step-grandchildren, 37 step-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends who adored her. Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at West Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. Rev. Jimmy Lyons officiated. Bentley and Sons Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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