Justice Mekhi Hennix, age 21, Succumbs to Cerebral Palsy
Friday, January 29, 2021
Justice was born on March 18, 2004, to Angela McBeth, in Mount Holly, New Jersey. His seizure disorder began to surface around four weeks when he was hospitalized for seizure activity. By the end of that night, he experienced over 30 seizures. After weeks of testing, he was diagnosed with Pachgyria / Polymicrogyria which over time led to quadriplegic cerebral palsy. His first doctor of Neurology sent Justice’s MRI to his mentor, who happened to be the only doctor in the world to specialize in this disorder, to provide an overview of life expectancy based on his brain scans. Justice’s mom knew this was bigger than her and decided to give herself and her son to the Lord.
Over time, Justice experienced medical ups and downs. Slowly, his quality of life changed and his medical needs greatly increased. His mom kept her faith in the Lord that He would provide the help she needed for her and her son.
In 2010, Justice’s mom married Rich Kellam, a long time family friend, who Justice loved and adored. Rich became a part of the family of two just in time because shortly after, the most intense years of Justice’s life would soon begin.
From 2010 to 2019, Justice would have over 30 invasive surgeries. It didn’t matter how much pain he was in after each surgery, he would open his eyes, look at his mom, and smile. His high tolerance of pain was considered a symbol of strength because he could endure procedure after procedure and still be prepared to offer his gift of love at a moment’s notice.
Despite his tenacity, his physical needs became too great for his parents to handle on their own. Although she prayed, tithed, and fasted regularly, his mom desperately sought answers from God. She decided to wake up early, take Justice to her local church, and lie him on the altar to pray over his life. After weeks of altar prayer, help arrived. Rich and Angela were led to Voorhees Pediatric Facility, where Justice would receive 24-hour medical care until the time of his passing. Over that time, the staff would become the extended family that loved and cared for Justice as much as his own family.
God was actively involved in Justice’s life and proved Himself over and over again. He blessed Justice with a beautiful gift of love. Justice was caring, gentle, tough, and could brighten up any room and lift and encourage any spirit. He was a constant light that shined and gave glory to the Lord by living his life to the fullest, each and every day. He fought until the very end but transitioned peacefully in the arms of his loving mother. His family rejoices knowing he is no longer in pain and that he is now free.
Justice preceded in death, his mother, Angela Kellam; father, Richard Kellam; 2 sisters, Jenesis Kellam (8) and Jiselle Kellam (7); a cat, McLovin’; and a dog, Xena. He also preceded his maternal grandmother Evelyn “Mom-Mom” McBeth, Aunt Harriet McBeth, Auntie Renee Hopkins, Uncle Howard “Dunn” McBeth, Uncle / Godfather Chris McBeth, Auntie / Godmother Meneko Spigner McBeth, Mom Mom and Pop Pop Woods, Uncle and Aunt Waters, and a host of cousins and extended family and friends who loved him.
At the request of the family, Justice's cremation was private. Memorial Service was private at Union Baptist Church in Bordentown. Memorial Service will be on live-stream on Union Baptist Church Bordentown and YouTube Union Baptist Church Bordentown. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Justice Mekhi Hennix. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCann - Healey Funeral Home: Gloucester City Ph: 856 - 456 - 1142