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Mary Lea Justice Defoor

January 10, 1933 ~ August 20, 2018 (age 85)

Mary Lea Justice Defoor, age 85, went home to her Heavenly Father August 20, 2018 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law.  Mary Lea was born in Hiawassee, Georgia to the late Fred and Della Eller Justice. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Carnes Justice of Toccoa, Georgia and John Justice of Hobbs, New Mexico, a baby sister, Arizona Justice and former husband, Alton (Pedro) Defoor of Calhoun.


She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Patrick Burns of Lavonia, Georgia; grandchildren, Connor Burns and Ethan Burns; sisters and brother-in-law, Marjorie Murdock of Toccoa, Wanda Sewell of Earl, N.C., Eula Mae and Starr Miller of Eastanollee, Marty Pace of Greer, S.C.; brothers, Melvin Justice and Floyd Justice, both of Toccoa; sister-in-laws, Edna Justice of Toccoa, Marilynn Justice of Hobbs, New Mexico, Nettie Lou (and Norman) Hollingsworth, Hazel Defoor, and Pat Defoor, all of Calhoun as well as several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.


Mary Lea was very devoted to her church, family, friends, and community. In her twenties and early thirties, she was not only a member of the Mt. Zion baptist church in Resaca but also a member of the Eastern Star, Jaycettes, and Elkettes. She was always there to help others out especially with baby-sitting because she loved children.  She also loved gardening and cooking. Mary Lea was known for her delicious cakes and pies. After raising her daughter, Mary Lea became a member of the New Town baptist church where she was very active.  There was hardly a day that went by that she was not helping her church family somehow.


A service to celebrate the life of Mary Lea Defoor, officiated by Bro. Walter Hare, will be held Friday the 24th of August at 2 pm at the New Town Baptist Church. A family viewing will be from 4pm to 5pm on Thursday the 23rd and then the family will receive visitors from 5pm to 8pm Thursday and noon to 2pm on Friday at New Town Baptist.


In lieu of flowers, please donate to either New Town Baptist church, the ALS society of Georgia, or Autism Speaks in memory of her.


Funeral arrangements for Mary Lea Justice Defoor are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

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