John Hugh Justice went home to his lord and savior on Jan. 25, 2014.
He was born Jan. 24, 1923, in Dallas, the son of Lou-Reine and Sam H. Justice. John graduated from North Dallas High School, Dallas, and proudly served his country for four years as a United States naval officer in World War II
. Soon after his discharge from the Navy, John met the love of his life, Lynne A. Arceneaux, and they were married in February 1947.
John received his BBA degree from Southern Methodist University in 1947 and also attended Harvard University
Graduate School of Business. He was a distinguished certified public accountant, having served as president of the East Texas Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the board of directors of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. From 1949 until his retirement in 1983, John worked for Delta Drilling Co. in various financial and tax positions, including tax manager and treasurer, before retiring as vice president-finance.
In their later years Lynne discovered golf and John discovered ballroom dancing. Lynne golfed at The Cascades club and they danced at the Venetian Ball Room Club, Crystal Ballroom Club and Sal's Dance Club. While not quite Fred Astaire, John looked great in his tuxedo. John was a member of Glenwood United Methodist Church for more than 50 years and thereafter Fairwood United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lynne Justice, of Tyler; brother, Blair D. Justice and wife Rita, of Houston; daughter, Karen L. Justice, of Tyler; son, Deets D. Justice and wife Janet, of Austin; four grandchildren, Spencer, Forrest and Carolyn Justice, of Austin, and Trenton Justice, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; as well as beloved nieces and nephews too numerous to name.
John was a devoted husband, wonderful father and true friend. He was a gentle, caring person of the highest character and great integrity. He will be always loved and forever missed.
Visitation is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, Tyler. Burial and graveside services will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, Tyler, with the Rev. Paula J. Behrens officiating.