Julius Lee Savage was born on March 27, 1948, to Hillard Bernard Savage Sr. and Louella Jennings in Ferriday, Louisiana. Our Sovereign Creator called him to eternal rest on Aug. 4, 2023, in Jonesville, Louisiana.
Nicknamed “Pim” by his mother, Julius was the youngest of 12 children. From his earliest days in Ferriday, he was charming, energetic and a social butterfly. A multisport athlete at Deville High School, playing football and running track, he spent a brief time in college, mostly at the historically Black Grambling State University in Grambling, La., before entering the U.S. Armed Forces.
Julius served in the Army, eventually fighting in the Vietnam War, where he sustained injuries that would have a residual impact on him for the rest of his life. Shortly after completing his military service, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he began a lengthy career in the casino gaming industry, working as a bartender at the Golden Nugget Hotel-Casino in downtown Las Vegas and then at various other properties, including Chez Place in the historically Black Westside (West Las Vegas).
To know Julius was to know a man who had many layers. Smart. Funny. A jokester. The life of the party. While he often used colorful language, he also had a big heart – remembering birthdays, sending cards and gifts and helping family and friends. He liked to fix things and work on cars. A country boy at heart, Julius enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors and watching sports, especially football.
Julius was preceded in death by 10 siblings – George, Cleveland, Jimmie, Hillard, Tommie, James, Thelma, Elizabeth, Elnora and Vera. He is survived by his sister Molly Woods, children – Charlene Gibson, Damon Hodge (Eboni) Monica Smith and Darnina Hodge – grandchildren Nikita Clark, Ciera Clark, Rashad Shaw, Jahi Hodge and Zahra Hodge, and a whole host of nephews, nieces, cousins and extended family.
A special thank you to the medical staff at Trinity Medical Center for their care and support during his final days. Also, the family would like to extend its sincerest gratitude towards Young’s Funeral Home and Old Daughters Baptist Church for being very accommodating and understanding during this difficult time.
Julius Savage’s Services will be held at Young’s Funeral Home in Jonesville on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 2PM with Milton Caesar, Senior Pastor, of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Jonesville, LA officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 until service time at 2PM.
Those honoring Julius as pallbearers are Damon Hodge, Lavoris Butcher, Roosevelt Savage, and Raymond Miles.
To leave an online condolence for the family please visit www.youngsfh.com.