Daniel L. ‘Dan’ Justice, of Wilmington, died Thursday, March 17, 2016, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. He was born November 11, 1921, in Charleston, son of the late Lee Andrew Justice and Louise Poston Justice.
When he was two years old, he moved to Wrightsboro. He was educated at Wrightsboro Elementary School and New Hanover High School, from which he graduated in 1939. He was a member of Wrightsboro Baptist Church in his youth.
During high school, Dan worked for the JC Penney Company. After high school, he worked for A&P and the Tea Company on Market Street. He was an electrical welder for four years in the Wilmington Shipyard. During World War II, he served as corporal first class in the North Carolina State Guard.
In 1941, he married Anne L. Jackson of Beulaville and resided in Wilmington until they moved to Gastonia in 1947. He then worked for Armour Food Company for 20 years. Then, they moved to Asheville for three years to continue his work with Armour. After that, he was employed by Armour for another 20 years in Charlotte. During this time, he attended management classes at the University of Chicago. He retired from Armour after 40 years of service. Upon retiring from Armour, he worked as a consultant.
Dan really enjoyed his family, his friends, his church and his work with Armour Foods. He also loved fishing, hunting, golfing and growing beautiful flowers and tomatoes in his garden.
Dan was an active member of East Gastonia Baptist Church in Gastonia, Beverly Hills Baptist Church in Asheville, and Grace Baptist Church in Charlotte. He served as a deacon in all three churches. Upon retiring and moving back to Wilmington in 1991, Dan and Anne joined Winter Park Baptist Church.
Dan was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Anne L. Jackson Justice; sister, Gloria Mosher, and her husband, Bob; and by his two brothers, Charlie R. Justice and Allen Justice.
Surviving are his loving daughter, Deborah Justice Owens, and her husband, Kerry, of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren, Kamaron Goodrich, and her husband, Seth, Nathan Owens and Jeremy Owens, and his wife, Lorna; two sisters, Dot Eward and Barbara Anne Torbett; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service. A funeral service will follow visitation at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations and memorials to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401. A memorial tile will be awarded in Daniel Lee Justice’s name.
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