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June 23, 2013

Retha Sparks Justus

HURLEY, Va. — Retha Sparks Justus, 66 years of age, of the Davis Fork Section of Hurley, Va., passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 at her home following a brief illness. Born in Buchanan County, she was the daughter of the late Dave and Hettie Sparks of Wolford, Va.

She was a lifelong resident of Buchanan County and a member of the North Springs Old Regular Baptist Church. She was a volunteer for the Hurley Community Center and the Buchanan County School System for several years. She was also an avid quilter. She made and donated quilts for benefit shows and different youth organizations throughout the United States. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and was a wonderful homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Justus; two sons: Larry Randell Sparks and Jeffery Dwight Justus; one son-in-law: Alvie Stacy; one great-grandchild: William (A.J.) Blankenship; two sisters: Opal Baker and Audrey Sparks; seven brothers: A.C. Sparks, Kermit Sparks, Junior Sparks, Johnny Sparks, Verner Sparks, Kelly Sparks and Clifford Sparks.

She is survived by four daughter: Dreama Lynn Stacy of Hurley, Va., Mary (Ronnie) Clabough of Hurley, Va., Samantha (Derick) Stacy of Hurley, Va., Patricia (Chris) Waters of Big Rock, Va.; three sons: Jessie (Rita) Justus of Hurley, Va., Jimmy Justus (Fiancée Billie Harris) of Hurley, Va., Billy (April) Justus of Wolford, Va.; two sisters: Lonie Stacy of Wolford, Va., Harriett (John) Justus of Hurley, Va.; four brothers: Hobart Sparks of Wolford, Va., Eli (Pinkie) Sparks of Wolford, Va., Ed (Peggy) Sparks of Whitewood, Va., Henry (Ann) Sparks of Michigan. Also, survived by 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Retha Sparks Justus will be conducted Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the North Springs Old Regular Baptist Church at Wolford, VA, with North Springs Old Regular Baptist Preachers officiating with burial to follow in the Justus Cemetery on Davis Fork, near Hurley, VA.

Friends may call at the North Springs Old Regular Baptist Church Sunday evening at 6:00 P.M. with services Sunday and Monday evenings at 7:00 P.M.

Active pallbearers will be nephews.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy, Virginia is in charge of all arrangements.

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