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Funeral Services for Dr. Jesse E. Justiss, Jr., 76, of Bellville, were held
Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, at 2 p.m. from Bellville United Methodist Church with
the Rev. Robert Stutes officiating.
Graveside services was held Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, at 3 p.m. at Evergreen
Cemetery in Paris, Texas.
Honorary pallbearers were Henry Grawunder, Gary Frank, Don Bosse, Welton
Hill, Christophe Gay, Bobby Fick, Winston and Bob Neely, Larry Lischka,
Jerry Emshoff, Roy Acebo and Billy Henske.
Born in Howland, Texas, Jesse Edward Justiss Jr. was the son of Jesse and
Mildred Dodson Justiss. He attended grade school in Howland and Delmar and
graduated from Paris High School. He grew up on his father's cotton farm;
his father managed a cotton gin.
While attending medical school, Jesse and the former Peggy Ruth Berry were
married on Aug. 23, 1953.
He obtained a BA from the University of Texas and an MD degree from The
University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He was a member of Lambda
chi alpha at UT in Austin and Phi Beta Pi in Med school.
His internship and Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology was at Hermann
Hospital in Houston. He opened a general practice in Wallis and later moved
to Bellville. Dr. Justiss returned to Hermann Hospital for a residency and
then practiced Ob-Gyn in Bellville until he retired in March of 1999.
He served as past president of the Austin, Grimes, Waller counties Medical
Society; served as Chief of Staff of the Bellville General Hospital; and
served on the board of directors of the Bellville General Hospital and also
on the board of the Bellville Hospital Foundation. He was instrumental in
getting the hospital approved by the Joint Commission. He retired in March
1999. He was a licensed pilot and the family had many wonderful flying
Dr. Justiss passed away on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006 in Katy following a
short illness at the age of 76.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Mildred Justiss and his
brother John Dodson Justiss.
He is survived by his wife Peggy Ruth Berry Justiss of Bellville; two
children Jesse Edward Justiss, III of Bellville and David Berry Justiss and
daughter-in-law Jennifer Chumas Justiss of Houston; his sister Myra Justiss
Beach and brother-in-law Bernard A. Beach of Shreveport, La.; several nieces
and nephews and brother-in-law, Raymond E. Berry and wife Sally Crook Berry
of Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Funeral Services under the direction of Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel in
Posted by Joy Neely


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