Mary "Ruth" Hollifield Justice, age 86, of Marion, North Carolina, passed away on the evening of Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at her residence with her loving family by her side.

The daughter of the late Floyd and Madge Mace Hollifield, she was born in McDowell County on November 29, 1932. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ricky Hollifield and Ralph Hollifield. An active member of Garden Creek Baptist Church, Ruth had retired from Baxter Healthcare. A true artist, she enjoyed arranging flowers, painting and drawing, but her greatest love was the Lord, her husband and her family.

Ruth is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, H. Hugh Justice, Jr.; five children, Robert Justice (Sylvia), Cynthia Bass (Gary), Michael Justice, Hugh Justice III and Mark Justice (Donna); fifteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019, at 12:00 p.m., at Garden Creek Baptist Church, with Rev. Richard Merritt officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., prior to the service. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.

Flowers are acceptable and appreciated. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Justice memory are asked to consider CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care McDowell, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813,

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Justice family. For further information and/or to sign the online guestbook, please visit our website,, or call (828) 559-8111.

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