James T. Massey

James Thomas Massey, 80, of Newberry, SC went home to be with his Lord on January 23, 2011.

Born on November 11, 1930, in Burlington, NC, he was the only son of James Franklin and Jennie Walker Massey. He was a disabled Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Whitten Center (SC Dept. of Disabilities and Special Needs). After retirement he was as special needs bus aid for the school district of Newberry until his health failed. He was a charter member of Hollywood Baptist Church.

He is survived by daughters, Pam (Randy) Bickley, Teresa (James) Jackson and Leigh Anne Koutras all of Newberry and Joyce (Thomas) Robertson of Columbia, SC; one sister, Ella Marie Smith of Burlington, NC; one brother-in-law, W.M. Stewart, Jr. of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Jennie Jackson, Jeremy Jackson, Abigail Sease and Chad Bickley all of Newberry, Hope Evans of Whitmire, SC, Christy Sease of Clinton, SC, Katrina and Brenda Koutras of Athens, Greece; great-grandchildren, Alan and Madison Bickley, Hannah, Haven and Kaleb Evans, Angelica, Christopher and Giovanni Melendez and R.J. Sease; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, wives, Lillian C. Massey in 1965 and Brenda H. Massey in 2008; sisters, Martha M. Stewart and Loreaner M. Rudd and brothers-in-law, Earl Rudd and Wallis Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Dan Gardner. Burial will follow in Baxter Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hollywood Baptist Church, PO Box 207, Saluda, SC 29138. The family will gather at the home of James and Teresa Jackson, 458 SC Highway 395, Newberry, SC.

Active pallbearers: Tim Smith, Chris Walker, Michael Evans, Karl Adams, Kevin Smith and Chris Price

The daughters wish to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff of Warriors Walk Hospice Ward and 4 West at W.J.B. Dorn VA Hospital.

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#18 Guest 2011-01-31 21:47
I was so very priveledged to know your Father. He was always very kind to me. I will miss him.
Love always,
#17 Guest 2011-01-25 20:19
Leigh Anne, Joyce, Pam, and Teresa,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I will remember all the laughs he gave me when I was at your house. He will be missed. My heart goes out to you all...
#16 Guest 2011-01-25 17:36
Leigh Anne,
I am so very sorry to hear about your father's passing. I pray that God wraps HIS loving arms around you and may HE give you the strength to get through this very difficult time.
Jamie Fulmer and Family
#15 Guest 2011-01-25 17:34
Leigh Anne,
I am so very sorry to hear about your father's passing. I pray that God wraps HIS loving arms around you and gives you strength to get through this very difficult time. May you feel assured that he is in a better place.
#14 Guest 2011-01-25 17:24
Teresa, And Family we love ya'll and will be praying for you. Please let us know if you need something. Fletcher, Daphnie, Elizabeth
#13 Guest 2011-01-25 17:17

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad.
Our hearts and prayers are with you, James and the kids.

Todd, Shelley, Caleb & Collins Remion
#12 Guest 2011-01-25 16:35
Pam, Teresa, Joyce, Leigh Anne, and families, we are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Just know that he is in the hands of God now where everything is peaceful! We will keep your entire family in our prayers and thoughts to help you through this time.
Jan, Samantha, and Melanie
#11 Guest 2011-01-25 11:49
Joyce and families, I was so sorry to hear about your father. I know how hard it can be to loose a parent. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in these days ahead.
#10 Guest 2011-01-24 22:18
On behalf of our family, please accept our condolences on the passing of Mr. Massey. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Lee, Carol, Joseph and Amelia
#9 Guest 2011-01-24 21:56
We send our love and prayers to all of you. We are very sorry for the loss of your Father. But we are glad he does not have to suffer here on earth but has gone home to be with our Lord.
#8 Guest 2011-01-24 14:25
Teresa, Pam and families, i am so sorry to hear about you dad. We had prayer for him in church on Sunday and I believe God answered our prayers. He releaved him from pain and suffering. I pray God and his Angels wrap their arms around akl of you.
Love Debra and Jimmy
#7 Guest 2011-01-24 13:29
Pam, Teresa amd family, sorry to hear about James. On a personal note he will be missed. From the VA side let me know what I can do to help and when things calm down some get with me at office so we can see what benefits are available.
#6 Guest 2011-01-24 10:40
Pam, Teresa, and family -- We are so sorry to learn of your father's death. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless!
#5 Guest 2011-01-24 09:06
On behalf of the staff and members of Newberry County Council on Aging we are shocked and saddened by Mr. Massey's passing. We will miss his visits to exercise and share his latest jokes! Our sympathies to all of the family.
#4 Guest 2011-01-24 08:39
Pam, Teresa, Joyce and families. I am sorry to hear about your father. I pray the Lord will comfort you now and in the days to come. It is so hard to lose a parent. May the Lord bless, guide and comfort you all.
Glenda Crossland Kinard and family
#3 Guest 2011-01-23 22:27
Pam, Teresa, and Family,

I am sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I know how hard it is to let them go. May the Lord keep each of you wrapped in his loving arms and grant you his peace now and in the days to come.

My prayers are with each of you.
#2 Guest 2011-01-23 22:02
Teresa and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
#1 Guest 2011-01-23 20:34
Teresa and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. I know your heart is hurting but I know Who can ease that pain. I pray that God will wrap His arms of peace and comfort around you. Cling to your precious memories and God's promise of spending eternity together. Love ya!

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