Julius Monis Falkoff passed away on Nov. 27, 2019, at his home in Union City.
Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Temple Cemetery, 2001 15th Ave. North in Nashville. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at White-Ran-son Funeral Home, with visitation from noon until the hour of the service.
The family requests memorials be made to Obion County Hometown Walk of Hope, P.O. Box 482, Union City, TN 38281 or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777 or email@example.com to make a donation online.
A native of East Prairie, Mo., he was the son of the late Jeannette and Israel Jacob Falkoff. He attended Bowling Green Business College (now Western Kentucky University) and served in the U.S. Navy.
He married Ellise Dobson of Hickman, Ky., and they were life and business partners for nearly 60 years until her death in 2014. Together they ran the family department stores, Dobson’s in Hickman and Clinton, Ky.
In 1972 they opened Falkoff’s in Union City, and moved there in 1975. They launched a small chain of women’s petite clothing stores, 5’4” and Under, in 1981.
In addition to being a retailer, he was a co-founder and a director of First Volunteer Bank and a retired director of First Citizens National Bank.
He was active as a civic leader, serving as president of the Hickman Chamber of Commerce, the Retail Merchants and the Hickman Civitan Club; vice chairman of the Fulton County Library Board and on the board of directors of the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Skyhawks Club. He was a member of the Union City Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Goodwill Shrine Club and Moose Lodge.
As co-chair with his wife of the Community Concerts Association of Union City-Obion County, they brought well-known, live entertainment to Union City. During their 13-year tenure, membership grew to over 1,000 families.
Along with his wife and several other local families, he was one of the founders of the Jewish Center in Union City, which provided worship opportunities to the Jewish community in the surrounding area.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Ellis and Julie Falkoff of Union City; daughter and son-in-law, Juli Falkoff and Brian Sterman; and his beloved grandchildren, Max Sterman and Stella Sterman, all of New York; his sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and David Friedman of Atlanta; as well as countless family and friends who were touched by his ready smile, optimism and love of life.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edward Falkoff, Garson Falkoff, Richard Falkoff and Herbert Falkoff.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.