She was born on October 30, 1916, at Walnut Ridge, Ark. Her parents were the Rev. Charles R. and Etta Jane "Nain" Hurn Fain. Her father was a long-time Methodist minister in northeast Arkansas.
Julia was a small child when her mother died in 1920. In 1924 she moved to Boynton Beach, Fla., to live with her sister and brother in law, Truly and Dr. Nathaniel Weems. She lived with them from 1924 until 1933. Before her junior year in high school she moved to St. Francis, Ark., where her father and step-mother lived. She graduated from high school at Campbell, Mo., in 1935.
On August 31, 1935, she married Burness O. Dalton at Piggott. To this union three sons were born: Burness Weldon, Elton Osborn "Corky", and Gary Thomas.
Her husband served several years in the 1940s as Clay County Clerk and Sheriff/Collector, and was a United States Marshall in the 1950s. While he was sheriff she served as his assistant. In 1951, they built the Dalton Motel on the east side of Piggott, which they operated until 1997.
She was a life-long Methodist and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Piggott for over 65 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, B.O. Dalton, on December 5, 2000; three brothers: John Fain, Dr. Roger Fain, and Russell Fain; and one sister: Truly Weems.
She is survived by three sons and their wives: B.W. (Robin) Dalton of Calhoun, Ga.; Corky (Eleanor) Dalton of Kennett, Mo.; and Gary (Helene) Dalton of Germantown, Tenn; six grandchildren: Steven Dalton, Fain Dalton, Charles Dalton, all of North Carolina, and their mother, Amanda Dalton Lane, of Cherokee Village, Ark.; Dr. Kyle Dalton, of Conway, Arkansas; Beth Dalton Craig, of Kennett; and Jennifer Dalton of Tennessee; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister: Anna Holder of Southgate, Mich.; two sisters-in-law: Mary Dalton Palmer, of Piggott, and Edythe Fain, of Lake Worth, Fla.; nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Saturday, March 6 at McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 8, at 10:00 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Piggott. Burial will follow in the Piggott Cemetery.
Memorials are requested to the United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choosing.