Lady Julia Witherspoon
Julia Moton Witherspoon is a native of Edgefield, South Carolina, the seventh of fourteen children born to the late Abe Moton, Sr. and Myrtis Lee Settles Moton. She is a graduate of Strom Thurmond High school in Johnston, SC, Columbia Junior College, Columbia, SC and she continued her studies at the University of South Carolina.
She is married to the Rev. Dr. Lavern Witherspoon. They are the parents of two adult children, a daughter Jacintha Dyan and son, Andre’ Lavern.
Mrs. Witherspoon was employed by the University of South Carolina and State Personnel for 33 years. After a brief retirement in February 2006, she was rehired by the Management Science Department in the Darla Moore School as a Department Administrator where she is in charge of operations.
She has received several awards: the Susie VanHuss Outstanding Staff awards for outstanding leadership, service and dedication from the Darla Moore School of Business, May 1996 and again 2013; the outstanding service award from the Governor Carroll Campbell during the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo for her service in the disaster release center in Camden, SC; Big Brother Big Sister award for dedicated service to the mentoring program; and the Decision Sciences Institute award, San Francisco, California, November 19-22, 2005 for distinguished and dedicated service. Mrs. Witherspoon was also inducted into the Hall Fame for outstanding service for the Columbia District Women’s Missionary on May 2013.
Mrs. Witherspoon is very active in the Women’s Missionary Society. She served as Seventh Episcopal District Correspondence Secretary and Editor for the Seventh Episcopal District Women’s Missionary Society’s Newsletter. She serves in her local, conference and connectional/global missionary society. She is involved in a mentoring program, homeless ministry, sister care, Hannah House, women’s health initiative, heart awareness, dress for success ministry and many other mission projects including books for Africa in which she has partnered with the University of South Carolina student organization to secure books for the Africa Project. Mrs. Witherspoon is also a faithful Red Cross blood donor. She is a champion for children’s education. She believes that every child deserves a chance for a successful future.
Her affiliations includes 1st Vice President for African Methodist Episcopal Ministers’ Spouses, Widows, and Widowers Organization Plus P.K.’s, Columbia Conference, Interdenominational Alliance of Ministers Wives and Ministers’ Widows of Columbia Inc., Star Light Chapter 234 O.E.S., Cairo Court #125 Daughters of Isis. She also serves on the Capital City Club Membership Committee.
Her favorite quote is by Maya Angelou, “If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.”