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Hazel Joann Justice, 74

Hazel Joann Justice, 74

Hazel Joann Justice, 74, of Hendersonville went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday July 2, 2014, at the Elizabeth House following a short stay at Pardee Hospital where she underwent surgery for cancer.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County. She was born Oct. 1, 1939, to the late Benjamin Harley Drake and Anna Irene Nelson Drake. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Delores Justice and her husband of 44 years James Monroe Justice, Sr.

She is survived by her children James Monroe Justice, Jr. and his wife Karen of Campobello, S.C., and their daughter; son Robert Harley Justice and his wife Marci of Flat Rock and children; daughter Shelia Dianne Foster, her husband Steve of Jacksonville, Fla., and children; son Phillip Andrew Justice and Lillie Allen of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and children; daughter Evon Delynn Ramirez of Hendersonville,  children and grandchildren; and son Mark Daniel Justice of Hendersonville.

She leaves behind several brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, and beloved family members. Family and friends of special importance to Joann include her brother, Lewis Elmer Drake of Hendersonville; granddaughter, Holly Christine Nicholson of Hendersonville; nephew David Drake of Hendersonville; John Nicholson of Hendersonville and Donna James of Hendersonville.

A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Thos. Shepherd's Church Street Chapel officiated by Rev. Tom Burke of New Beginnings Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held later.

Gifts of remembrance, in memory of Hazel Joann Justice, may be directed to Four Seasons Hospice Elizabeth House, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.