Ima Justis, 84, of Bulls Gap, TN, passed away early Thursday March 13, 2008 at Takoma Regional Hospital in Greeneville, Greene Co TN, following a lingering illness. She was the former owner and operator of Jayma Florist in Bulls Gap for 23 years. She was active in the Democrat Party serving as a member of the TN. State Democrat Executive Committee for 28 years. She served as Mayor of Bulls Gap for 3 terms and as Alderwoman for 3 terms. She was a member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. She was a member of Nolichucky D.A.R. She was a charter member of Bulls Gap O.E.S. having served as Grand Representative to the state of Mississippi as well as Worthy Matron of Whitesburg O.E.S. and Bulls Gap O.E.S. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bulls Gap.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Emma Smith; sister, Reba Myers, and brother, Bruce Smith.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Justis of the home; daughter and son-in-law Judy and Harry Burton of Persia, son and daughter-in-law, William G. Justis III and Judy of Gray, TN; 2 granddaughters, Brienna Justis of Knoxville, TN, and Sylvia Headrick on San Antonio, TX; 3 grandsons, Rev. Todd Everhart of Frederick, CO, Kent Everhart of Persia and Dylan Guy Justis of Gray, TN; step grandson, Butch Burton of Rogersville, TN; great grandchildren, Jake Everhart of Frederick, CO, Shandi Burton and Garet Myers of Rogersville, TN; special sister-in-law, Katherine Justice of Bulls Gap, TN; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Christian-Sells Funeral Home. Eastern Star Services will be held at 8 p.m. followed by funeral services with Rev. Bill Hughes and Rev. Todd Everhart officiating. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2008 at McCullough-Tieke Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to The Sanctuary Renovation Fund of the First United Methodist Church of Bulls Gap. Online condolences may be sent to the Justis family at