Justin Craig Vanoy, 42, traded his earthly home for his heavenly mansion on Sunday, April 21, 2019. Justin was born April 17, 1977 in Kansas City, Kansas to the late Luis Medzwin and Sharon Vanoy.
Justin accepted Christ at an early age, being a life-long member of the Greystone Heights Missionary Baptist Church. While in living in Atlanta, he attended the Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral. He could be found in the church singing on the praise team, leading songs in the choir, or assisting with the youth. Justin was a living testimony and always eager to share the good news of the gospel.
Justin graduated from JC Harmon High School in 1995, and then went on to begin his collegiate journey at the University of Kansas where he became a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Incorporated. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing/Media Relations from the Kansas State University and a Masters of Business Administration, Human Resources Management from the University of Phoenix.
Justin’s professional career has always centered on helping youth. He firmly believed that higher education was the key to success and wanted to provide that key to as many young people as possible. Some of Justin’s places of employment included the Full Employment Council, Paxen Learning and Chattahoochee Technical College. He was currently employed at Kennesaw State University as the GEAR UP Georgia Priority Project Coordinator in Atlanta.
Justin was a kind soul that never met a stranger. He was always the life of the party and had a deep belly laugh that was like no other. Anyone that knew Justin, understood that his family meant everything to him, especially his mother. If you were fortunate to have a conversation with Justin, you were bound to take away a nugget of wisdom or word of encouragement, as he was wise beyond his 42 young years.
Justin leaves to cherish his memory; uncle, William (Lori) Vanoy; aunts, Zetilla Mack; Marie Cole and Deborah Vanoy; special cousins that were like siblings, Shenya Robinson; Erin (Joseph) Adams; Antwon Vanoy and Kimberlyn Vanoy, and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
Although we will miss Justin, we stand and believe that as it is written in II Corinthians 5:8, “…to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”