Reverend Wilburn Robert Justice

Monday, March 11, 1929 - Sunday, June 14, 2015

Faithful Servant

Photo of Reverend Wilburn  Robert Justice  - 1929-2015

Leicester- As the gentle night fog hovered over the peaceful mountains of the Sandy Mush Community in Leicester on Sunday, June 14, 2015 we said good-bye to Reverend Wilburn Robert Justice, a beloved husband, a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, a dear friend to many and a man who loved his Lord and Saviour. Reverend Justice had been blessed with 86 years of a full and wonderful life. He was born March 11, 1929 in Buncombe County and was the son of the late John Justice and the late Amy Wright Justice. Wilburn indeed loved the mountains where he was born and raised and he spent his life working as a farmer and caring for his land and “work horses” of which he was so very proud. Reverend Justice devoted his life to serving the Lord as an ordained minister for more than 50 years during his lifetime and had pastored Crossrock Baptist Church and Payne’s Chapel both located in Madison County. He was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Leicester and had also served as a field worker for the Newfound Missionary Baptist Church Association. Wilburn had touched the lives and hearts of many people, bringing them the message of the Lord. In remembering Reverend Justice we remember his kind heart, we remember how he loved to talk and visit with everyone he met and also the special way that visitors to the Justice home were always made feel welcome by Wilburn and Stella Mae. Treasured memories of Reverend Justice will be forever held in the hearts of his family- especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren that he spoiled and loved dearly. Reverend Wilburn Robert Justice a man dedicated to his faith and family and a man who was a source of steadfast wisdom will be remembered with the words found in Matthew 25:23, “..Well done, good and faithful servant;..” In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Lee Justice; a grandson, Ricky Daniel Surrett; sisters, Minnie Lusk, Gladys Surrett and Eula Suttles; brothers, Albert Justice and Raymond Justice and also eight half- brothers and half- sisters. Surviving are his loving wife, who has faithfully stood by his side for 61 years, Stella Mae Turner Justice; his son, Ronnie Justice and his wife, Louise Justice of Leicester; his daughters, Geraldine Surrett and her husband, Don Surrett of Leicester, Grace Surrett and her husband, Ricky Surrett of Leicester, Pearl Justice of Arden, Diane Justice of Leicester and Norma Justice of Asheville; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ethel Hudgins of Leicester. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Leicester. The Reverend Bill Brown, Reverend Eugene Turner and Reverend Ricky Surrett will be officiating. Burial will be in Chestnut Grove Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends from 7:00 until 9:00 pm Wednesday evening at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Canton. Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to be caring for the Justice family and words of comfort may be shared at

Condolences from family and friends

Your family is in my prayers!
Robert Underwood
So sorry love you all may god bless
ashley burlison (Williams)
So very sorry for yalls loss. I had the honor in meeting this amazing man back in 2014. Such a kind and loving man. May God place comfort in your hearts during this difficult time. Always in my thoughts and prayers.
katie mcgoldrick
We go to church with Donnie and Patsy Surrett, we want y'all to know your family is in our thoughts and prayers. He is in a far better place then we are.
Dale Inman and Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May you find comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Gerald and Sandra Boyd
My heart goes out to your family. He was one of the greatest and influential man I have ever met in my life. I'm so blessed to get a chance to be around him. The stories he would tell always were worth listening to every time I came see him. This world lost a great servant of Christ. Once again may the Lord wrap his arms around your family with faith and comfort.
Jason Arney
I so sorry for your loss. Wilburn was such a sweet man.
Kim K.
Ronnie, Louise and Family , During the loss of your loved one you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Michael Joe and Susan Holt
Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time of loss...
Friends and Staff of Enka Middle School
I am so sorry for your loss! May each and everyone of you, feel the presence of our wonderful Savior's arms wrapped around you in your time of need, to comfort you and to feel His love surround you like never before; through this hard time! When we know that they are looking into the eyes of Jesus it's hard to miss them but we still do! To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord!!
Pam Sharpe Smith
I am so sorry for your loss! May the Lord wrap His loving arms around you, so that you can feel His presence and His love with each passing day. To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord! Oh what wonders he has already seen... and he has seen my Jesus!!
Pam Sharpe Smith