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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.

Mrs. Witherspoon was employed by the University of South Carolina and the state of South Carolina for over 50 years. After a brief retirement she returned as a contract Budget Manager for Operations and Supply Chain Center in the Darla Moore School of Business.

She received the Susie Van Huss Outstanding Staff award for outstanding leadership, service and dedication from the Darla Moore School of Business in May 1996 and again in May 2013. She received the following outstanding service awards:

  • from Governor Carroll Campbell during the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo for her service in the disaster release center in Camden SC.

  • from Big Brother Big Sister for her dedicated service to their mentoring program.

  • from the Decision Sciences Institute's 2005 International Annual Conference.

Mrs. Witherspoon is an active member in the AME Church. Before being elected as parliamentarian, she served as the CONN-M-SWAWO plus PKs Education and Webinar Chair person. She is also the President for the Central Conference M-SWAWO + PKs. She previously served as the Vice President for the Central Conference and Columbia Conference M-SWAWO+PKs in the 7th Episcopal District and the Corresponding Secretary for Interdenominational Alliance of Ministers Wives and Minister's Widows of Columbia, Inc. She is a life member of the WMS and has served as the 7th District Corresponding Secretary and WMS Newsletter Editor and continues to serve on all levels of the WMS.

She is married to the Rev Dr Lavern Witherspoon, Pastor of Butler Chapel AME Chruch. They are the parents of two adult children, daughter Jacintha Dyan and  son Andre' Lavern and three adorable grandchildren.

Her favorite quote is by Maya Angelou, “If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.”


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