As Black History Month continues, we would like to pay tribute to Lillie Marie Nichols-St. Julian who resided in the all-black community of McNair for over 50 years.
Nichols-St. Julian was born Nov. 22, 1911 in St. Martinsville, Louisiana. She was one of 10 children born to Joseph and Laurence Nichols. She had nine siblings, six brothers and three sisters – Nelson, Anna, George, Joseph, Willie, Henry, Norris, Regina and Lillian.
On Jan. 4, 1936, at the age of 25, she married Dalton St. Julian. To this union eight sons were born – James, Curtis, Alton, Ernest, Robert, Kenneth, Horace and John.
“Aunt Lillie,” as she was affectionately called, was loved and adored by many. She had a way of dealing with the younger generation because it was easy for them to identify with her. She often joked around with the younger generation in her own way and they loved being around her.
She was a dedicated member of Holy Family Catholic Church in McNair for over 50 years.
At her church, she was an active member of the Altar Society, Knight of St. Peter Claver - Ladies Auxiliary and Holy Family Church Choir.
On May 25, 1995, our Lord and Savior called her home to be with him, her late husband Dalton, Mama and Daddy, Jimmie Lee, Curtis, Alton, Lil Dalton, Anna, Nelson, Regina, Joseph, George, Lillian, Willie and Henry. She was 84 at the time of her death.
Funeral services were held on May 29, 1995 at Holy Family Catholic Church in McNair – Reverend Lawrence Ebuk, M.S.P. - Officiating. She was laid to rest at the St. Martin de Porres/Holy Family Cemetery in Barrett Station.
J. Warren Singleton is a local historian and Baytown resident