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With hearts broken for a beautiful life ended too soon, our family announces the passing of our beloved son and brother, Justice Trace Stamey on January 23, 2024.
Trace was born October 12, 1998, in Sylva, North Carolina to Hollie Justice of Clayton, Georgia and Roger Allen Stamey of Franklin, North Carolina. He grew up in Franklin, graduating from Franklin High School in 2016, attending Southwestern Community College and graduating from Western Carolina University in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Finance. Trace was a co-owner and broker at Lamplighter Realty, loyally working alongside his long-time mentor and friend, Larry Rogers.
From an early age, Trace was vivacious and full of life, with an infectious smile that brought joy to those around him. Often recognized for his sportsmanship and competitiveness, he spent much of his youth on fields of soccer or baseball, many times looking to his dad as a coach, and despite lacking the gift of height he had a passion for basketball. He also ran cross country in middle school and played golf for the high school. Many happy memories were found at Lake Chatuge at the Lakehouse, on the boat or jet skis, with friends and family.
Demonstrating Trace’s love of community, he was a New Century Scholar recognizing citizenship, volunteerism, and high potential. Trace regularly volunteered with Meals-on-Wheels and other local charities; he was always encouraged by his mother to participate in these charitable events.
Having a strong work-ethic, Trace began his real estate career at the tender age of sixteen, working part-time at Lamplighter Realty where after receiving his degree from Western Carolina, he would become a co-owner. In 2018 he earned a North Carolina Real Estate Brokers license, joining the board of Carolina Smokies Association of Realtors that same year, and later being licensed in Georgia as well (2021). Trace was awarded the Production Achievement Award by the Sapphire Club in 2020, 2021 and 2022 and went on to achieve top performance recognition each year thereafter.
Trace lived a life full of friends and family and had a gift of bringing out the best in others. He never met a stranger, believing that everyone had an interesting story, and he gave space to them to share that story. He saw light in everyone and encouraged many to find that light themselves. When not traveling, he often entertained on his pontoon at Lake Chatuge and enjoyed gaming with friends. He often shared stories of recent travel to Italy and Mexico and had a trip to Japan planned.
More than anything, Trace loved. He loved his family, his friends and his community. And he always said so, never letting you walk away without saying “I love you”.
Trace is survived by his parents Hollie and Roger, his brother Christian Tanner Stamey of Franklin, North Carolina, his sister Lauren James Messer, her husband Matthew Messer and their children Riley, Lyla and Gentry of Clayton, Georgia; his grandmothers, Linda Shirley Loudermilk of Clayton, Georgia and Edna Ruth Carpenter and her husband Dale Carpenter of Franklin, North Carolina; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him dearly.
Trace was preceded in death by his loving grandfathers, Dale Lee Justice and Jimmy Wayne Stamey.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2024 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at Beck Funeral Home, 898 Hwy 441, Clayton, GA 30525, immediately followed by a service in the chapel at 2:00 pm. A graveside service at Rush Cemetery, Otto, North Carolina will follow.
The family will also host a ‘Celebration of Life’ Saturday, February 3, 2024 starting at 2:00 pm at Windy Gap Baptist Church, 1111 Windy Gap Road, Franklin, NC 28734; please join family and friends for remembrances.
Memorial donations can be made in Trace’s memory to Carolina Smokies Association of Realtors scholarship fund or New Century Scholars Annual Campaign - Macon County. Donations for the scholarships can be dropped off at Lamp Lighter Realty, 340 East Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734. If you are inclined to send flowers, please send them to Beck Funeral Home in Clayton, Georgia.
Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Georgia, is in charge of the arrangements and is honored to serve the family of Trace Stamey. If there are any questions, please call 706-782-9599. An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.