Claude “June” Herbert Justice, Jr. of Asheville passed away Monday, August 14, 2017 at the age of 84.
Claude was born in Buncombe County to Mary and Claude H. Justice and spent his life nestled in the beloved Western North Carolina Mountains. Claude’s younger years were spent in Barnardsville, NC cultivating tobacco and courting Virginia, eventually winning her hand in marriage. Claude and Virginia moved to Asheville in 1969 where they have lived out their over 60 years of marriage.
Everyone gravitated to Claude both in his professional and personal life. Before he retired with Biltmore Dairy Farms, June kept his friends and family stocked with overruns of ice cream…Orange Push-Ups being his granddaughter’s favorite. Claude’s most recent work family came in the form of Buncombe County Health and Human Services, Department of Social Services, where he worked as a security guard. He was a people person to his core and never met a stranger. Both employees and clients alike loved Claude’s presence, especially his morning greetings.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Joyce Ann Champion of Rancho Viejo, TX and Asheville; sister Sue Haynes of Greenville, SC; and brothers Walter and Willard Justice, both of Asheville.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Anders Justice of Asheville; son-in-law, Thomas Phillip Champion, Jr. of Rancho Viejo, Texas and Asheville; granddaughter, Tracy Kindley Linton of Raleigh, and three great-grandchildren: Abigale (18), Spencer (14), and Webb (11) all of Raleigh; sister, Shelby Jean Anders of Barnardsville and brother, Ralph Reed Justice of Asheville.
People like June come along seldom in life. Long known for his family devotion and kindness to others, he will be missed by many family, friends, loved ones, and pets (from the birds, squirrels, groundhogs and strays, to his various domesticated buddies.) But the biggest void of his loss will be felt by his wife and granddaughter.
His funeral service will be at 11:00 am Friday, August 18, 2017 in the Chapel of West Funeral Home 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville with the Reverend Danny Gasperson officiating. Burial will be in Sky View Memorial Park, Asheville.
The family will receive friends Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm at West Funeral Home.
Pallbearers include: Larry David Justice, Lonnie Lorne Justice, and Fred Smith of Asheville; Kenneth Glenn Cope of Canton; David Bartlett Hughes of Raleigh; and James Cooper Linton of Durham.
Friends and loved ones are welcome to send flowers or a memorial donation may be made in the deceased’s name to Zephyr Hills Free Will Baptist Church, 283 Shelburne Rd., Asheville, NC 28806.
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mr. Justice’s obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.
Sky View Memorial Park
Friday August 18th, 2017
25 Skyview Park Drive
Asheville, NC 28805
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Always remember Claude from DSS where we both worked - he had a smile for everybody & seeing him lightened my day :d So sorry - all my sympathy to his family - Cheri Henderson
Submitted by Cheri Henderson on Aug 20 2017 07:29:11 PM
Virginia and family: today is a very difficult day for all of you. My prayer is that God will reveal Himself to you in such a way that you feel His goodness and mercy to each of you. Claude was such a good
Friend and loyal employee to me and Bob and Bentley's Security. He was such a pleasure to be around and such a gentleman. His and Bob's friendship went all the way back to the Bilore Dairy days. Bob went to Heaven four years ago, and today would have been his 84th birthday. How wonderful that they can share this day in Heaven together. There will be dark and lonely days ahead, as well as days shining as the sun. Lean on God because He will be your strength; His grace is sufficient. Thank you so much for sharing Mr. Claude with us, including my sister, Janet Herren, retired from physical facilities in Buncombe County government. He was a bright and shining star to us.
Sonya Carter Bentley
Submitted by Sonya Bentley on Aug 18 2017 08:41:42 AM
Ashley Duke lit a candle for Claude Herbert Justice
Ashley Duke lit a candle on Aug 18 2017 07:55:23 AM
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Elaine Arrant lit a candle on Aug 17 2017 11:15:18 AM
Was so very sorry to hear about Claude. Knew him from Buncombe Co. DSS. He was always smiling. We had a lot of good talks, from dogs to good/bad experiences at occasional visits to Cherokee. Will miss him very much. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Submitted by Elaine Arrant on Aug 17 2017 11:11:05 AM
Very sorry to hear of Claude's passing. He was a fine man who made everyone's day a little brighter with his warm greeting and fun sense of humor. While working at the Coxe Ave location of HHS we shared a lot of laughs. Knowing Claude was a blessing. He treated everyone the way he wanted to be treated. Prayers of grace and comfort to his family.
Submitted by Brent Garrott on Aug 17 2017 10:55:20 AM
Virginia ,so sorry to hear about your loss . Our family remembers Junior from the time he lived at Barnardsville many years ago and gave me and my brother our first haircut about 1946'. We use to go on trips to Mt. Mitchell with about 20 or 30 people and have picnics and return home and have another meal the ladies would cook. Junior will really be missed by everyone he knew but God needed him more in heaven than here on earth.
The Maynor Family -Grace,Ralph, Wade and Wayne, Troy and Zale
Submitted by wade maynor on Aug 17 2017 02:18:57 AM
Justice Family: You will never know what a blessing Claude was to so many people. Not only the employees but also to many clients at DHSS. His smile and kind words were infectious. He had such a gift of making people feel special and loved. A true gentleman in every sense. Heaven is even a sweeter place today because of Claudes' presence. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Submitted by Ann Lunsford on Aug 16 2017 02:54:25 PM
Annitte Davis lit a candle for Claude Herbert Justice
Annitte Davis lit a candle on Aug 16 2017 02:54:17 PM
Claude was just 'good people.' When I worked in the Coxe Ave. location, he always greeted me with a smile and a hug. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family for the loss of such a special person and my thanks for sharing him with us all of these years. God bless you all.
Submitted by April Suttles on Aug 16 2017 02:24:46 PM
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