Obituary: Julie Choate

Julie Anna Choate of Hudson Oaks, who grew up as the daughter of a Texas Baptist university president and went on to serve more than 29 years as an educator herself, died Aug. 15 due to a pulmonary embolism. She was 50.

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Julie Anna Choate of Hudson Oaks, who grew up as the daughter of a Texas Baptist university president and went on to serve more than 29 years as an educator herself, died Aug. 15 due to a pulmonary embolism. She was 50. She was born July 2, 1970, in Fort Worth to Don and Brenda Newbury. She graduated from Brownwood High School in 1988 as salutatorian of her class. Julie earned her undergraduate degree from Howard Payne University and a master’s degree from Dallas Baptist University. She married her husband Bryan on June 11, 1994. She was passionate about education, working in her early years as a classroom teacher before entering administration. She served as an assistant elementary school principal in Crowley before joining the Aledo Independent School District 19 years ago, first as an assistant principal and then principal. Her last 12 years were spent at McCall Elementary School, where she was entering her fourth year as principal. She is survived by her husband Bryan, son Benjamin and daughter Brittin, all of Hudson Oaks; parents Don and Brenda Newbury of Burleson; sister Jana Penney and her husband Kyle of Tyler; and sister Jeanie McDaniel and her husband Ryan of Burleson.


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