Mrs. Julia Gilmore Clanton was born on December 17, 1922, the third of four daughters, to Bradley Gilmore and Lydia Thompson Gilmore, in Washington, D. C. She was educated in the D.C. public schools and graduated from Central High School. Julia completed business classes at Howard University before moving to New York City to live for several years. Julia relocated to Atlantic City in 1947, with her husband Samuel Clanton, Sr. She continued her education with extension classes in the field of health and family planning at Rutgers University and Syracuse University.
Mrs. Clanton began working at the Atlantic City Medical Center, now AtlantiCare, in 1971, as the Director of the Community Health Education Program and Coordinator of the Adolescent Health Project. Mrs. Clanton shared her extensive knowledge in the areas of health, human sexuality and family planning with community associations, parent organizations, schools, teen groups and individuals. In 1991, she retired after 20 years of service.
At a time when this community experienced an infant mortality rate that was one of the highest in the nation, Mrs. Clanton served as the Chairperson of the Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Coalition. She was integral in the development of community programs to promote the health of teens, mothers, infants and families, in order to reduce the infant mortality rate.
Mrs. Clanton coordinated and presented numerous seminars and workshops including; "Man to Man Talk on Teenage Pregnancy in Atlantic County", with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., which was held at Stockton State College; "Suicide in Youth: Prevention and Intervention"; "Sex Education: A Shared Responsibility", and "Teen Talk" Program, sponsored by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, of which she was the architect. Her other activities included serving as President of the Board of the Atlantic County YWCA, fundraising for the United Negro College Fund, and being involved in many community projects, including being one of the founding members of the Atlantic City Education Foundation.
Julia was an active participant in her community. She served on the Tenants' Committee of her building (New York Avenue Apartments), and was a vibrant member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, where she was elected the first woman ever to serve on the Vestry, and the first African-American woman to serve on the Vestry at the County level. Julia served as a Sunday School Teacher, an Usher and a Lay Eucharistic Minister and continued to works on projects with the Episcopal Church Women, including planning and organizing the program for World Day of Prayer until her health prevented those activities.
Mrs. Clanton was predeceased by her parents, husband, Samuel, Sr., son Samuel, Jr., her three sisters; Evelyn Smith, Grace Diaz, and Elsie Turner.
She is survived by four grandchildren: Samuel Anderson, Taresha Branch, Julian Hamlett, and Terrelle Davis Clanton; five great-grandchildren: Keishyna Anderson, Ijianay Hamlett, LaJohnna Ashworth, and Deion & Ahmad Anderson; one great-great-grandchild, Joshua Prado; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and many loving friends.
Funeral services will be Noon, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, Saint Augustine's Episcopal Church, 1709 Arctic Avenue, Atlantic City; where friends may call from 11AM. Interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Pleasantville, NJ.
Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com