Willard Justice, age 90, of Daniels, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.
Born on October 16, 1922, in Hurley, Va., he was the son of the late Stewart and Martha Estep Justice.
Mr. Justice retired from Eastern Associated Coal Company as a chief electrician. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII. “Daddy” was most proud of serving our great country, during WWII. He served in the 3rd. Army under General Patton. He was shipped out on the Queen Mary with over 16,000 soldiers. Before arriving in Great Britain there was a storm and they thought the ship would go down. After arriving in England, he fought in France, Belgium, and Germany. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the European, African, and Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon — with two bronze battle stars. He joined the Army in 1942 and was honorably discharged after having both feet frozen in 1945. He was shipped back on the Queen Mary. Over 50 million people lost their lives in WWII. Ask yourself why they died and for what reason. When you know the answers to those questions, you will know why we honor our veterans. Freedom is not free — it has a high cost. Daddy was so proud to serve our country, and fight for our freedom. He was proud to be a Veteran.
He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Justice had made his home in Daniels, since 1989, having resided at Oceana for most of his life.
Mr. Justice was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Justice, with whom he was married for 65 years, on February 18, 2013; by brothers Burton and Hassel Justice and by sisters Alta Mae Vint and Georgia Justice Brunty.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Surviving are his children: Barbara Cochran and her husband Tom of Daniels and Vivian Hunt and her husband Earl of Concord, N.C.; three grandchildren, Wendy Campbell and her husband Pete of Castle Rock, Colo., Leslie Minor of Cool Ridge and Monica Moss of Daniels; seven great-grandchildren, Isaiah, David and Amelia Campbell, Cody Minor and his wife Kelli and Allie Minor and Megan and Breeann Moss.
Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate the Life of Willard Justice on Monday, September 16, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jerry Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens at Princeton, W.Va. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.
The family would like to thank the VA, Ben Wilson, Dr. Jennie, everyone at Hospice and especially JoHanna Stover. May God Bless you all for your love and care.
Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.