Julia Dempsey Nicholson March 28, 1956 - October 4, 2020

Julia Dempsey Nicholson, 64 of Fairview, North Carolina, passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020, at her home, surrounded by her family. Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on March 28, 1956, she was the daughter of David and Isabelle Whisenant Dempsey.

She retired from the North Carolina Administrative Court system and was an avid animal advocate.

Julie is survived by her husband, Steve Nicholson; sisters, Cindy Gabriel (Sam), Susie Dempsey (Rhett); brothers, David Dempsey (Nan), Tony Dempsey (Bert); her very special fur babies, Dixie and Cooper; and many nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Animal Haven of Asheville, 65 Lower Grassy Branch Rd, Asheville, NC 28805; in keeping with Julie’s love of animals in need. Memorials may also be made to Four Seasons Hospice Foundation, Four Seasons Foundation 211 N. Main St., Hendersonville NC 28792; honoring the wonderful care they gave to Julie.


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  1. Mary Jane Poole says

    I am so sorry for your loss. It was a shock to me I didn’t know she had been sick.

  2. Rob Clowers says

    Dear Dempsey and Nicholson Family, I just want to say what a wonderful person Julie was and is in spirit. I knew her mostly in high school and we used to have the best of times with many friends. I would be interested in attending any service when arrangements are made.

  3. Debbie Shoaf Williams says

    Steve – I am so sorry to hear about Julie. She was such a sweet & wonderful person. Please know that you & the family are in our hearts & prayers.
    Randy & Debbie Williams
    Calabash, NC

  4. Teresa Ward says

    Steve, we are so very sorry for your loss. Julie was such a kind and sweet person. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Danny and Teresa Ward

  5. Brenda White says

    Steve and family,
    I worked with Julie in the Clerk’s office. She was always a bright light–smiling, laughing with lots of spunk. I am really sorry to hear of her passing. Even though it has been 10 years since I saw her—I close my eyes and see that big smile and infectious laugh.

  6. Annette Jackson Pfister says

    Praying for peace and Gods love to comfort Steve and the entire family! As we all know Julie was so special, fun, funny and the list goes on. Missed but never forgotten!