Jim Raymond Justice
Sequoyah High School ~ Teacher 1966-96
TAHLEQUAH, Ok -- Services for Jim Raymond Justice , will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, September 28th, 2007 in the Hart Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Don Varble and Brother Ron Neal officiating. Interment will follow services at Tahlequah City Cemetery under the direction of Hart Funeral Home. A formal visitation with Jimís family will be held on from 6-8 P.M. on Thursday, September 27th at Hart Funeral Home.
Jim R. Justice, age 87, died at home on Wednesday, September 26th, 2007, following a lengthy illness. He was born on March 17, 1920 to the late Walter and Freddie Justice. He attended Tahlequah schools and graduated in 1939 from Tahlequah High School. Jim served in the United States Army during World War II in the Asian Theatre, where he attained the rank of staff sergeant. He served the Oklahoma Army National Guard during the Korean War. After the war Jim completed his education with a masterís degree at Northeastern State University.
On September 17th, 1945, Jim married Lois June Simpkins and was happily married to his best friend for 62 years. They were blessed with five wonderful children who were Jimís greatest trophies. Jim dedicated his life to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He spent hours untangling fishing line while teaching them all to fish, and hours in the bleachers cheering each one at all the sporting events he could attend, always the proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Papaw was always there for a good ride around the yard in the wagon, fishing, camping, or maybe just putting up a new swing. His thoughts were always on making his kids happy.
In 1996 Jim retired from Sequoyah High School , where he taught for 32 years. He always took extra care with his students to show them the correct way to do their woodworking projects, teaching life lessons along the way. He was a good teacher and his students loved and respected him. After retirement Jim managed the Sequoyah golf course for a while, and made many friends among the golfers.
Jim was a member of the local Purple Heart organization number 641 and remained active until the time of his illness. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans and of Park Hill Baptist Church.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; by his brother, Arthur Justice; and his sisters, Lillian Cox, Mildred Ketcher and Jean Glass.
Survivors include Jimís wife, Lois; his sons, Jim Justice Jr, Ron Justice and wife Nita, and Larry Justice and fiancée Christina; his daughters, Barbara Neal and Beverly Miner and her husband Gary. He is survived by his precious twelve grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and an untold number of friends.
The Justice family would like to thank all the staff of Cherokee Nation Home Health and Cherokee Nation Hospice for their help and support during Jimís illness; you were always very kind to all of us.
Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N Grand Ave, Tahlequah, Ok, 74464 (918) 456-8823.