Justiss, Jacob, was born May 2, 1919, in Mt.
Pleasant, Texas. At the age of 14 he was baptized into the Seventh-day
Adventist Church and upon graduation from high school he was inducted into the
National Scholarship Society. He graduated with honors from Emmanuel Missionary
College and received his M.A. degree from the Theological Seminary and Doctor
of Ministry degree from Howard University. During his ministry of 36 years he
held every position within the power of the church to bestow. He was widely
published in denominational magazines and was the author of the book Angels in Ebony. He was pastor of the Dupont Park church when it was built, and was
involved in the organization of the International Brotherhood church. In June,
1946, he married Mae Smith, now deceased, and to this union two children were
He departed this life April 23 at Washington Adventist
Hospital. He leaves to mourn two children, Mrs. Joan Tynes, a school teacher,
and Jacob Justiss III, a student at Andrews University; one grandchild; three
sisters, Mrs. J. Hill, Ms. M. Justiss, and Dr. Valerie Vance; many relatives
and a host of wonderful friends who warmed his heart.
-North American Informant, July-August 1978