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Funeral services for Edd Massey, Jr., 92, of Jacksonville are scheduled for Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Mixon, with Rev. Joe Ballard and Rev. Chris Cliborn officiating. Burial will be in Mixon Cemetery and under the direction of Autry Funeral Home.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the church.
Edd Massey, Jr. passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2016, surrounded by his family, at Hospice Homeplace in Tyler. He was born on December 26, 1923, in Jacksonville, to the late Edd and Angie Massey.
Edd, also known by his family as "Junior," "Juicy" and "Papa," served in the US Army during WWII as a rifleman in the 95th Infantry Division of the 377th Infantry Regiment. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge under George S. Patton and was awarded the Purple Heart. Edd also received commendations for his part in the reduction and capture of the city of Metz and the successful reduction of the "Ruhr Pocket." He also helped liberate Warstein, a Holocaust concentration camp in the Ruhr. Edd was later employed by du Pont and Union Carbide in Texas City, where he retired after many years of service and moved back home to Jacksonville. He was a member of Mixon First Baptist Church.
He was adored by many, but especially his grandchildren. Papa had a love for gardening and each year it seemed his gardens grew larger and more beautiful. He could make anything grow and all the grandkids loved visiting Papa's garden. For his three granddaughters: He was their biggest fan, but they thought he hung the moon. Work ethic, the love for all things furry, respect for nature and all His creations and that getting dirty and playing in the hay wasn't just for boys are among the lessons he taught them and so many of their friends. With Papa, all things were an adventure. Rather it be riding in his truck and flying over cattle guards, visiting "the barn" and chasing runaway cows and tractors or just listening to his amazing stories. Papa was larger than life. He had a twinkle in his eye and a pep in his step and could out work any man around. He was an example and inspiration to many and leaves a true legacy of love, laughter and memories to all who knew him. Heaven is in for a real treat.
Edd was preceded in death by his parents, Edd and Angie Massey; sisters, Mabel Albright, Louise Moore and Evelyn Hay; brother, Doug Massey and a great-grandson, Lleyton Durrett.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Nadia Massey, of Jacksonville; Daughters, Juna Massey and Suzanne Massey, of Jacksonville; Son-in-law, James Green, of Bullard; Brothers, Bob Massey and wife Shirley, of Mixon; Morris Massey and wife Dot, of Jacksonville; Joe Massey and wife Sandra of Bullard; Granddaughters, Kelli Carpenter and husband Kevin, of Flint; Niki Gowin and husband Toby, of Jacksonville and Ashley Durrett and husband Drew, of Jacksonville; Great-grandchildren, Kade and Kasen Carpenter, Jaeger and Greenlee Gowin and Braxton and Daylee Grace Durrett; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Carpenter, Toby Gowin, Drew Durrett, Kade and Kasen Carpenter, Jaeger Gowin and Braxton Durrett. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Massey, Morris Massey, Joe Massey and James Green.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Arielle Lee of Tyler Hematology and Oncology.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Tyler Hematology and Oncology - Relay for Life, 721 A Clinic Drive, Tyler, TX 75701
Published on March 16, 2016
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