Claude Phil Justis, 76, passed away Friday following a brief illness and complication from lung cancer.
Phil grew up in the Baileyton community. His family moved to Greeneville, and he graduated from Greeneville High School, where he was a star athlete on the basketball court. He attended East Tennessee State University and served in the Army.
Phil began his career in the funeral services business. He spent most of his career in banking and retired as vice president of the former Greene County Bank. He then became a co-owner/operator of Farmers Livestock Market in Greeneville as well as the owner of PJ Angus Farms in Mosheim, where he raised with great pride registered Black Angus Cattle.
In all his activities and associations throughout Greene County and the region, Phil was respected and appreciated for his integrity, intelligence and belief in doing things the right way. He will be remembered as a wonderful man whose life influenced many who knew him. Phil was a passionate University of Tennessee sports fan who discussed with great enthusiasm the good and bad of his teams. He loved being with friends and family sharing stories, laughs and good food. His smile and the twinkle in his eyes will be greatly missed by family and friends who loved him.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents: Claude P. and Marion Bailey Justis; brother: Lynn Justis; and a very special great-aunt: Neva Bailey Justis.
He is also survived by the love of his life and partner of many years, Mitzi Bright, her sons and their families, and her sister and husband, all of whom he considered his own. They are: Fred and Tina Foshee, and Sophia, Tim and Connie Foshee and Kenneth Biesterveld, and Cindy and Bill Webster. Survivors also include very special cousins and their families: Mark and Julie McNeese, Mendy and Macy, and Mike and Laura McNeese. Other survivors are Charles McNeese, Marty Dean and family, and Betty McNeese; a host of cousins and friends including Dr. Lee and Lori Duckworth and family; and many other special friends too numerous to list.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. at Jeffers Funeral & Cremation Service at Afton. The funeral service will follow in Jeffers Afton Chapel at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Kevin Wisecarver officiating.
The graveside service will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Graceland Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Terry Anderson, Dr. Lee Duckworth, Steve Ratcliff, Ed Snodgrass, Joe Tugman and Kevin White.
Honorary pallbearers are Herbert Whitfield, Don McNeese, Charles McNeese, Bobby Barger, Jimmy Carter, Mike Etherton, Roger Britton, R.G. Doty, Hobie Smith, George Jessee, Marcus Nease, Robert Tucker, and the employees, friends and patrons of Farmers Livestock Market.
Thoughts and memories may be shared with the family at www.jeffersmortuary.com.