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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Deepest sympathy to the entire family on the loss of Claude. Heaven has gained another special angel! He has made a lasting impact on the lives of the staff at DSS and will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace. Our hope is that we will all once again be reunited with him in the future!
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Tracy please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your grandfather. May the comfort of God help you and your family during this difficult time. Keeping you in my prayers.
Submitted by Priscilla Hunt on Aug 16 2017 10:19:26 AM
Claude was one of the finest people I have ever known. From the peppermints to the vanilla extract, to the genuine love you felt from him, I will always treasure the time I knew him. He made HHS a better place by his presence. He can't be replaced.
Submitted by Jim Holland on Aug 16 2017 10:18:49 AM
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Priscilla Hunt lit a candle on Aug 16 2017 10:12:46 AM
Claude was simply one of the best people I have ever met. He always had a smile and a hug for everyone. He made such an impact on everyone he met. I am so thankful for the time he spent here with all of us at DHHS. We are lucky to have known him. I loved always hearing stories about his family. He was so proud of all of his grandchildren and great children. Claude you will be dearly missed.
Submitted by Molly Carter on Aug 16 2017 09:44:12 AM
I spent many a childhood times at Uncle Junior and Aunt Virginia's house playing with Tracy and eating homeade icecream. Uncle Junior always had a smile on his face. I remember quite a few tricks and jokes also. My sympathy to you Aunt Virginia in loosing your life partner and to Tracy for loosing your Grandfather. He will be missed tremendously by many.
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