RUSK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - RUSK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches businessman died in a wreck on U.S. 259 in Rusk County.
According to DPS, Gary Justice, 61, general manager for the Budweiser plant in Nacogdoches, was driving two miles north of Mt. Enterprise when he swerved off the road and struck a tree, around 6:30 a.m. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 7:05 a.m.
Scott Goodrich, sales manager for R&K Distributors, said the plant was in shock over the death.
"I saw him just yesterday and never dreamed it would be my last visit with him," Goodrich said.
Goodrich said Justice had been employed at R&K for the past 13 years. He was a past president of the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce.
"He was a wonderful friend and a wonderful boss," Goodrich said.
According to Bruce Partain, President and CEO of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, Justice served as Chairman of the Board of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce in 2004-05. Prior to that, he served as Vice Chair of Membership.
"Gary supported the Chamber wholeheartedly. He helped us other non-profit organizations through R&K Distributors' sponsorship of many events and programs. Gary was a personal friend of mine and helped introduce me to Nacogdoches," Partain said. "In several key situations he was definitely "the rock" that kept the Chamber focused and successful. During his year as Chamber chair, he asked us to adopt a theme called "An Attitude of Gratitude." Serving others and appreciating God's gifts were his key aims in life and in business."
Partain said Justice was an avid scuba diver, a keen hunter, an East Texan and a loyal Texas Tech Red Raider, as well as, an enthusiastic supporter of the SFA Lumberjacks.