The Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce recently recognized three outstanding women for their respective roles within our community. Our Women in Business celebration looked a little different this year, as most things have. However, we wanted to move forward and celebrate the successes of impactful women, who are making a difference and inspiring others to do the same. Those deserving women are; Mrs. Jennifer List, Woman in Community Leadership; Mrs. Amy Justice, Woman in Management, and Mrs. Nanda Patel, Woman Owned Business.

We want you to hear what others are saying about our deserving recipients, and get to know them a little better. This week we will recognize our Woman in Management, Amy Justice.

It is our privilege to recognize Amy Justice as our 2020 Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce Woman in Management. Amy is a second-generation funeral director, following in her father’s footsteps, Ronnie Highfield. She is completing her seventeenth year at Wilson’s Funeral Home & Crematory, where she serves as Business Manager. Most of Fort Payne has seen Amy driving the white hearse around town, riding on the tail of a police car. Next time you see her, we think you will understand just how special the lady driving the hearse really is.

Longtime staff member of Wilson’s Funeral Home and Crematory, Mike Leath, a Licensed Funeral Director, had this to say about Amy, “Amy is very proficient in the administrative duties at Wilson’s Funeral Home and Crematory, while also recognizing and sympathizing with families during their time of grief.”

Anita Hairel, Office Manager at Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce, has, over the past several years, known Amy both professionally and personally.

“Amy Justice is a very special lady. In her job at the funeral home, she has the hard task of meeting with families in a very sad time in their lives. Unfortunately, I am very familiar with her services. Having lost my husband, mother and son within a three-year period, I was thankful for the services Amy and her staff provide at Wilson’s Funeral Home and Crematory. Her calm and easy demeanor was so comforting to me and my family. She met every request we had with a smile. I know this is her job, but I felt as though she was a family member guiding us through this difficult time. She is an agent of God, and, in my eyes, an angel from heaven. Our lives will all end at some point. It is comforting to know that my loved ones and I will pass through the doors at Wilson Funeral Home on our journey home; along with Amy’s loving and caring personality,” said Hairel.

It is a true calling for Amy, and being able to manage the day-to-day business of the funeral home, while also counseling with families with true compassion, is a gift.

“Amy was my ‘primary boss’ when I accepted my role as Executive Director of the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce, as she served as the President of the Board of Directors. I will never forget how kind and reassuring she was during my interview,” said Jennifer McCurdy.

“She often times provided perspectives I may not have considered, and, through different perspectives, we all grow and learn,” said McCurdy.

Amy contributes anything good in herself to Jesus. She is a member of First Baptist Church in Fort Payne, where she is also sings in the choir. Hearing her sing will sure bless you. She is married to Randy, and they have two children and four grandchildren.

Amy is featured in the Times Journal Magazine, DeKalb Living, which is available for purchase at the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce (300 Gault Ave. N Fort Payne).