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Julius Falkoff

Julius Monis Falkoff of Union City, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 at his residence. Burial was held at 2 p.m. Friday at The Temple Cemetery, in Nashville. A memorial service was conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at White-Ranson Funeral Home in Union City. A native of East Prairie, Missouri, 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 United States Navy. He married Ellise Dobson of Hickman, Kentucky 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, Kentucky. 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, Georgia; 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. The family requests that memorials be made to Obion County Hometown Walk of Hope, PO Box 482, Union City, TN 38281 or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777 ( to make a donation online).

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