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D. L. MASSEY

October 13, 1936November 3, 2020
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Danvel Leonard Massey passed away peacefully on November 3, 2020. He was 84 years old. Born in Bismarck, AR, D.L. married his high-school sweetheart, Patricia Ann Crumby, in 1956. Together, they raised three children, Rhonda Smedley (Steve), Sheryl Morehead and Tracey Pratt (Dwayne), and were devoted grandparents to Ryan Hilton, Justin Smedley (Jennifer), Leah Hilton, Jayme Smedley (Amy), Logan Pratt, Chloe Ray (Micah) and Olivia Pratt. D.L. also enjoyed spending time with his seven great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brothers, Charles Massey of Bismarck, AR and Leslie Massey of Cincinnati, OH.

A lover of hot rods, D.L. enjoyed a 33-year career with Goodyear in Hot Springs. His fearless driving and orchid pink Impala made him infamous on the drag racing circuit. D.L. and Pat also earned local acclaim for their extravagant Christmas decorations, and loved visiting with guests who drove in from all over the state to see them.

D.L. was loved by so many people; he couldn’t go anywhere without running into someone he knew. He always had time to make conversation and a mischievous twinkle in his eye.

To honor D.L.’s life, please join us for an outdoor visitation at 10 am on Saturday, November 7 at Gross Funeral Home; the service will follow at 11 am. This event will be socially-distant and will not have a receiving line.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Walnut Valley Baptist Church.

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Jane Thornton

November 22, 2020

D.L. And Pat were good friends of ours for many years. Many fond memories.

Chuck and Nelda Wilson

November 8, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about D. L. He was a special friend. We'll miss his visits at the office at the county line. Prayers for your family.

Judy Crumby Christmann

November 7, 2020

As Patsy’s cousin, I first met D. L. when I was a small child. I have a lot of good memories of them both. There was always lots of laughter, food, and love when the Crumbys all got together. And D. L. fit right in. My heart and prayers are with y’all, as I know how much you miss them both. Although I’ve always lived far from home (Magnet Cove), I’ve never forgotten family memories. And they were a big part of them. May God Bless and comfort you and keep you strong until your memories can evoke smiles instead of tears once again.

Sarah Kesterson

November 5, 2020

Prayers for your family. He was such a kind gentleman.

Brenda Palmer

November 5, 2020

I only met Rhonda’s Dad once, at a garage sale after the death of Rhonda’s Mom🙁 I remember him being so sad selling his wives things. I loved reading his obituary, he sounded like such a fun and loved Man❤️ Rhonda I am so sorry for your loss, I love you sweet Lady and I am here if you need me🥰😘😘

Melanie Guthrie

November 5, 2020

First time I remember meeting DL was Halloween night, about 20 years ago. He and Pat were so loving and gracious when someone knocked on their door. “Come in, come in!” I remember them both saying. Hugging everyone who came thru the door, and offering whatever they had to eat or drink. They both were the epitome of “TRUE SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY”!

DL was loved by many, and will be missed by all. He was such a courageous man, who never gave up. I admired that about him. I loved you DL, and praying you are hot rodding the streets of heaven with Pat ❤️🙏❤️😘

Lisa Biggers

November 4, 2020

This world lost a good man, but Pat has been waiting for him. We’re grateful for the 35+ years knowing and working with D.L.
He will forever be in our hearts as one of the best people we’ve ever known. Praying for all of you.

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