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Michael Wayne Justice


Mr. Michael Wayne Justice passed away peacefully at Novant Matthews on April 21, 2022, surrounded by his loved ones. 


He is preceded in death by his parents, Eber and Helen Justice; brother, Melvin Justice; sister, Shirley Justice; nephew, Lesley Justice; and niece, Amy Justice. 


Michael is survived by his son, Christopher Justice; brothers, Larry and Kenneth "Kenny" Justice; sisters, Doris "Dede" Wade (Rick) and Cynthia "Hillary" Smith (Terry); nephew, Todd Justice (Cheryl); nieces, Pamela Justice, Amber Smith (Jimmy) and Amanda Rutemiller (Eli); great nephews, Brandon Pennigar and Gabriel Garzoni; great nieces, Elisabeth and Ally Justice; his sweet girls, Kassidy Whitley, Salem Jackimowicz, and Cambrie "baby" Rutemiller; special friend, Bobbie Richardson and daughter Chanel, who often brought food and helped look after him; and lastly, his precious furbaby, Luna. 


Michael worked as a machine operator at Ballabox for 48 years before retiring in 2019, where he made life-long friends. He enjoyed watching wrestling, western movies, listening to his favorite music and living life to the fullest. To know Michael was to know the most easy going person. His love for cars was evident throughout his life, as he took pride in caring for all his vehicles, putting together and collecting model cars and going to car shows. Michael will be greatly missed by all his family and loved ones. 


The Justice family would like to express our love and deepest gratitude for Michael's niece, Amanda Rutemiller for being his caretaker for the last 3 years. She was his angel on earth. Due to Amanda's continued care and support, Michael was able to remain functional and independent in his home. Michael would not have made it without Amanda's stewardship. He truly loved Amanda and Eli. Also, a special thank you to Novant Matthews ICU nurses and the Novant Heart and Vascular team, Justin Jackimowicz and the Stallings Fire Department, Union EMS (Norcott D' Esterre), Rhonda Sweatt, Kathy Everette, and Donna Little from Union EMS Community Paramedicine Program.

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A candle was lit in memory of Michael Justice

Rick & Doris Wade Apr 28 2022 7:36 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Justice

Carolyn Harlow Apr 28 2022 11:29 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Justice

Franne Harrity Apr 26 2022 6:40 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Justice

Todd and Cheryl Justice Apr 26 2022 6:33 PM

My heart and life feel so empty without you. As I was going through your things I found my number tucked inside your wallet just in case you needed me. When you thought I was the one helping you, you were the one really helping me. God knew I needed you to care for, to teach me patience and understanding. To let the little things in life go and embrace every second we are given. My Sunday mornings will never be the same. My weekly reminder to not forget your medicine will be missed. My weekly phone call about your blood work will be missed. I hope I made you proud. I love you so much and I will miss you more than I could ever put into words.

Amanda Rutemiller Apr 26 2022 3:30 PM

Ballabox Company was blessed to have Michael as a member of our family business in Matthews for 48 years. During that time he made countless friends, not just with his fellow employees but with all the people he interacted with daily. He was accepting to all who joined our team and did whatever he could do to help everyone. Mike will be missed by all of our "Ballabox Family," which has had many members during his employment as well as his retirement. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Justice family and all the many others that Mike touched in his life. He will be greatly missed; our world was certainly a better place because of him.

Jim Kutcher Apr 23 2022 2:43 PM