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Top, church members lead the memorial service Sunday morning at Constitution Square for the late Justyce Reid,above with her mother, Jacqueline Hubbard Reid, upon graduating at Halifax County High School in May. / September 14, 2020
The community remembered 18-year-old Justyce Reid, who died recently from complications of COVID-19, Sunday morning at Constitution Square.

She was a Halifax County High School cheerleader, a Special Olympics athlete, a dance student and a praise leader at her church. Many of those she touched during her all-too-short lifetime came out for the Sunday memorial — church members and local faith leaders, high school students, teachers and family friends.

She is the third local teenager to die in the last few weeks. Like Justyce, Kolby Singleton was a 2020 graduate of Halifax County High School; she was a passenger in an Aug. 23 fatal car crash. Aidan Henderson, a rising sophomore at HCHS, drowned that same day in Buggs Island Lake.

Justice was born in 2002 and diagnosed with Down syndrome, but she kept up the schedule of any active and high-profile teenager.

“She is our miracle baby,” said Larry Burrell II, Justyce’s youth pastor at Deliverance Tabernacle of the Apostolic Faith — adding that she beat so many obstacles throughout her life and achieved many goals.

“Even from birth she beat the odds, far surpassing the predictions of her doctors. She was such a light and encouragement to all who knew her. Justyce had spunk, sassiness, love for the Lord ... and let’s not forget those pocketbooks. This girl loved handbags, and she loved to praise the Lord,” said First Lady Sherry Lykes of Christ Cathedral of Deliverance.

“We are celebrating the life and legacy of our very own Minister Justyce Reid and her impact on the local community,” said Burrell.

Justyce died on Sept. 4 at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital as she was undergoing treatment for COVID-19. Her family was hopeful that she was beginning to show signs of improvement with fluid draining from her lungs, as she underwent plasma therapy for the respiratory disease. However, her medical team was unable to stabilize her low blood pressure, contributing to her death.

Justyce is survived by her mother, Jacqueline Reid; her grandparents, Robert Hubbard, Gary Stone (Shirley) and Annie Reid; great-grandparents Robert Hubbard Sr. and Phyllis Hubbard; three aunts; godfather Willie Miller; godbrother Ramel Hill; and a host of great aunts and cousins including the devoted Kayla Hubbard; and other relatives and friends including Darren Medley and Will Abdi.

She was preceded in death by her father, Anthony Reid; her brother, Drequan Hubbard, and her grandparents, Rebecca Stone and Arthur Reid.

Burial followed the celebration at Green Spring Baptist Church Cemetery in Brookneal. Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home.

A Gofundme account for Justyce’s family is called Cheering For JUSTYCE. As of Sunday, donors had pledged $2,325 towards the $5,000 goal to assist Justyce’s family with its financial burdens. The campaign can be found online at

For a t-shirt to carry on the memory of Justyce, contact Vanessa Mason at South Boston Elementary School or the Deliverance Tabernacle of the Apostolic Faith Church. Friends hope to establish a scholarship in the memory of Justyce to help students reach higher education goals.

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