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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Missy H Stephenson lit a candle on Aug 15 2017 08:24:47 PM
I always enjoyed talking with Claude while I was as DSS. He was always willing to offer his help whenever I needed something. He was a good hearted man. Always smiling. He will be missed by many. Glad I was able to know him. RIP.
Submitted by Phil Henry on Aug 15 2017 08:24:01 PM
I already miss you June! I'm so glad we got to see each other again after so many years. I honestly thought I would see you again. You, Nanny, and Trace were really a unit of one. You will be sorely missed by all who knew you. Every time you saw me you would tell me you loved me. I love you too sweet man. I love you too Nanny and of course Trace.
Submitted by Tracy Kuster on Aug 15 2017 08:10:15 PM
Claude was one of the kindest people I have ever met, he always had a smile on his face, and a willingness to help anyone who was in need. He will be missed and I am so glad I had a opportunity to meet him at BCHHS.
Submitted by Roxann Sizemore on Aug 15 2017 08:05:16 PM
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Terry Johnston lit a candle on Aug 15 2017 07:18:29 PM
Claude was a very special person we became friends at Biltmore Dairy and that friendship continued long after the Dairy closed . He was a good man and an even better friend I will remember him and his smiles and the joy he brought to all of us in the milk and ice cream departments may God comfort your hearts and know that you are remembered in our prayers. Rest In Peace Claude you will be missed.
Submitted by Terry Burnette on Aug 15 2017 06:46:56 PM
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Sandy Reeves lit a candle on Aug 15 2017 06:26:11 PM
Claude was one of the 1st people I met when I started at BC DHHS little over 2 years ago. He greeted me with a smile & said "welcome". Since that day I have enjoyed his many hugs & smiles. I am truly heartbroken he is no longer with us ~ as I know his family is. But I am happy to know he is with his daughter having a great reunion. Rest In Peace Claude. You will be greatly missed.
Submitted by Sandra Banks on Aug 15 2017 06:12:57 PM
I am so sad to hear about Claude's passing. During the years that we worked together at DSS he greeted me every morning with a smile, hug, and cheerful words. He made it impossible to start the day with anything but a smile and a positive attitude. He often had candy, old photos, or stories to share that always brightened up the work day. His kind, cheerful spirit will be missed by all.
Submitted by Rachel Graves on Aug 15 2017 06:08:50 PM
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