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Julia Burns Hamilton

Julia Burns Hamilton
  • September 21, 1958 - June 25, 2020
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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“Julia and I were in the same class at College Prep. I am so very sorry for your loss. ”
1 of 3 | Posted by: Sharon McEntee Hills - SC

“To Bill and family,Our condolences on your wife's passing.We know you through all your work to improve transportation in the Lowcountry.Sincerely...Read More ยป
2 of 3 | Posted by: Denny Ciganovic - Mount Pleasant, SC

“We were so sorry to read of Julia's death. We have many happy memories of the I'Onissimo days - she was such a lovely, talented lady. ”
3 of 3 | Posted by: Dick and Ginny Foreman - Friend


Julia Burns Hamilton of Mt. Pleasant, beloved wife, mother, sister and friend passed away on June 25, 2020.

Julia was born on September 21, 1958; the youngest of four children born to Lofton "Pappy" Burns and Agnes Pratt Burns. Julia was a graduate of College Preparatory School, College of Charleston and Webster University. She worked at Westvaco, Santee Cooper Cross Generating Station and GEL.

Julia performed as a violinist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Seacoast Symphony. She founded I'Onissimo!, a community chamber music organization which grew to include a string quartet, woodwinds group, brass, quintet, chorus and orchestra.

Julia loved justice and mercy and worked throughout her adult life with commitment and compassion for a better world. She was a writer, poet and composer. She loved her family and friends.

Julia is survived by her husband William Jackson Hamilton III, son Jackson Hamilton, sisters Annette Burns and Barbara Burns Pike, brother William D Burns (Judi), nephews Steve Burns, Scott Burns (Cassie),Jeff Pike (Natalie), Alan Hamilton, Jr. , niece Geri Pike Moss (Jon) and five great-nieces.

Following a memorial service at the I'On Amphitheater at 10 am on July 18, 2020 there will be a graveside service at Magnolia Cemetery.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, attendance at the graveside service will be limited to family. Everyone is welcome to the memorial and is asked to wear a mask, and to bring hydration and a chair. Guidance on effective distancing will be provided at the memorial service. Following the service, while the family attends the burial, friends will be welcomed at the Hamilton home.

Gifts in Memory of Julia's memory may be made to Best Friends of Lowcountry Transit (Not Lowcountry Rapid Transit) on Act Blue at https://secure.actblue.com/ donate/best-friends-of-lowcountry-transit--inc--1