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09/01/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Alice Myer Massey

Alice Myer Massey
(d. 29 Aug 2010)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
  I am saddened to pass along to you even more sad news today.   Alice Myer Massey, mother of   Pat Massey Martin ('62) of AL,    Bill Massey ('66) of GA, Mary Kay Massey Morley ('69) of TX, and Beth Massey Odom ('73) of SC, passed away in Newport News on Sunday, August 29, 2010 at the age of 89.

  From Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - 09/01/10, 5:44 AM - "death":

Good morning Carol,

... I noticed you didn't have the obituary of Alice Massey.......the mother of   Pat Massey Martin.  The visitation and funeral are today (Wednesday).  Pat graduated with me in '62 and has two sisters,  Mary and Beth, and a brother,   John.  A lot of people will probably remember her father, Dr. John Massey...


   Thank you so much for telling me this, Fran. I read your note before I read today's obituaries, but I didn't see this in yesterday's newspaper at all. It may have been a shortened version, I suppose, but I have an amazing capacity to not see things when my heart doesn't want to think about them.

   Dr. Massey was
      my father's (the late Robert Buckley, M.D. - John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960) best friend on the Peninsula. In fact, he came when we called him while Daddy was having his fatal heart attack, administered an injection directly into his heart muscle (even while sadly informing us he was all but positive that it was too late), pronounced him dead moments later, and served as one of    his active pallbearers.  

JOHN W. MASSEY JR., AREA PHYSICIAN (11 May 1919 - 08 Oct 1990)  
Dr. John William Massey Jr., a prominent Peninsula physician and former president of the American Heart Association, died Monday, Oct. 8, in Riverside Regional Medical Center. He was 71.

A Newport News native, Dr.
Massey was a Peninsula resident most of his life. He was the son of the late Judge John William Massey Sr. and Eugie Johnson Massey. He was a member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church.

Massey was former coroner for the City of Newport News, Newport News city physician, and had served on the medical staffs of Mary Immaculate Hospital, Sentara Hampton General Hospital, and Riverside Regional Medical Center.

Massey was past president of the American Heart Association. He was an Army Veteran of World War II and served in the Reserves until he retired as a colonel in 1979.

A graduate of Newport News High School, the College of William and Mary, and the Medical College of Virginia, Dr.
Massey had been in private practice in Newport News since 1950.

Survivors include his wife, Alice
Massey; three daughters, Pat M. Martin of Birmingham, Ala., Mary Kay M. Morley of Syracuse, N.Y., and Beth M. Buch of Raleigh, N.C.; one son, John W. Massey III of Fairfax; one sister, Eugie M. Massey of Richmond; one brother, Dr. Charles W. Massey of Richmond; and five grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Peninsula Funeral Home by the Rev. Stephen Bray and the Rev. Charles Larew. Burial will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church or a favorite charity.

Published in the Daily Press on Tuesday, October 9, 1990.

From the Daily Press - 08/31/10: 

                 Alice Myer Massey


NEWPORT NEWS - Alice Myer Massey, 89, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Dr. John W. Massey.

A native of Bridgeville, Del., she was a Peninsula resident since 1950. Mrs. Massey was a loyal member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Pat Martin and her husband, Fred of Alabama, Mary Morley and her husband, Bob of Texas, and Beth Odom and her husband, Creig of South Carolina; son, John Massey III and his wife, Julie of Georgia; five grandchildren, Susan Tilley, Danny Callis, John Massey, Lora Massey and Meredith Morley; and one great-grandchild, Isaac Callis.



The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, with funeral service to follow at 2 p.m., at Peninsula Funeral Home. The Rev. Bob Gochenour will officiate. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the or a charity of your choice.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from August 31 to September 1, 2010.
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September 01, 2010
Dear Pat,
I was sad to learn that your mother had passed away. A lovely lady. She was so kind and welcoming to me when we were children. What fun days those were!
Loving thoughts to all of you.

~ Betsy Mcintosh Taylor

September 01, 2010


September 01, 2010



   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Massey's family and friends.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Come, Ye Disconsolate

Words by Thomas Moore; alt. by Thomas Hastings
Music by Samuel Webbe

Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish.
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
"Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure."

Here see the bread of life; waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.

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Thanks, Cheryl!

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