Gloria Justice Morton, born on Dec. 12, 1960, in Jacksonville, passed away on May 11, 2014, in Greenville.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 15 at Jones Funeral Home Chapel, Jacksonville. The Rev. Mike Padgett will be officiating and burial will follow at Onslow Memorial Park.
She is survived by her husband, Frankie Morton, of Jacksonville. Her daughter, Erica Garcia and husband, Mark of Jacksonville; stepdaughter, Polly Drake and husband, Devin of Conway; stepson, Johnny Morton and wife, Lisa of Raleigh, and stepson, Adam Morton and wife, Crystal of Jacksonville. She is also survived by her mother, Elizabeth Ann Justice, also of Jacksonville, and her sisters, Tammy Goodson and husband, Kenny, of Green Mountain, and Sandra Justice Watkins and husband, Neal, of Jacksonville, and Kim Justice and fiancé Howie Simms, of Jacksonville. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Madilyn, Joshua, Colton ""Grady,"" Carter, Haustyn, Tyler, Brooke, Justin, A.J., Willow, Alex, and Max. She was preceded in heaven by her father, Clifton Ray ""Buddy"" Justice.
Gloria loved her family and was a giving person, always doing for others before herself. She had a green thumb like no other and could make any plant and flower blossom and thrive. She was a beautiful person, a true Southern lady; she loved sweet tea, front porches, magnolias, and pecan pie. She was honest, opinionated and the strongest woman we have known. She loved her family unconditionally but the apple of her eye was her granddaughter, Madilyn (""Bug""), and she was able to spend a lot of time with her and her daughter, Erica, as they managed the office of Dixie Dozer.
Gloria will be forever missed but always in the hearts of her loved ones every moment; her physical absence will leave an everlasting emptiness in her loved ones' hearts but her spirit will live on forever in every burst of wind through the trees, the twinkle of a star, and every ray of sunshine that warms our skin.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, May 14 at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville and other times at the home.
Electronic condolences may be left for the family at jonesfh.org