Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home & Lynnhurst Cemetery

2300 West Adair Drive, Knoxville, TN


Earnest Ray Massengill

June 4, 1931September 11, 2020

Massengill, Earnest Ray 89 of Knoxville, TN passed away Friday, September 11, 2020. He retired from KCDC after 19 years of faithful service. Ray was preceded in death by parents, Lum and Florence Massengill; siblings, George, David, Steve and Carrie Massengill. He is survived by children, Alan (Brenda) Massengill, David (Tabatha) Massengill, James (Shari) Massengill, Maria (Evan) Wilkinson; grandchildren, Kris (Amber) Massengill, Brian (Amy) Massengill, Danielle Massengill, Justin (Jodi) Massengill, Brandon (Laura) Massengill, Michael Massengill, Erica Massengill; great grandchildren, Nash, Barrett, Jeremiah, Joshua, Jillian, Mackenzie, and Connor Massengill; siblings, Mona Bass, Sue Noe, Peggy (Tommy) Justice, Thelma (Joe) Hileman, Brenda Hagen; children's mother, Marilyn Massengill; several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Monday, September 14th from 6:00-7:30pm at First Apostolic Church 5020 Pleasant Ridge Road Knoxville, TN 37912. Funeral service immediately following at 7:30pm with Bishop Billy McCool and Rev. Mark McCool officiating. The church will be livestreaming the funeral service on Facebook at www.facebook.com/facknoxville/live and also on Youtube at www.Youtube.com/facknoxville. Burial will take place Tuesday, September 15th at 11:00am, meeting at Lynnhurst Cemetery on Adair Dr. at 10:45am.


  • Visitation

    Monday, September 14, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, September 14, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Earnest Ray Massengill

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George Smith

September 22, 2020

George and Violet are thinking of you and praying for you

Pam Kirthlink

September 19, 2020

Thinking of the family at this time. OES

Deanna Watters

September 14, 2020

I met Ray Massengill about forty-five years ago, when his daughter Maria and I became best friends. As Maria and I quickly became more like sisters, her mother and father just as quickly became my second set of parents. Ray was always calm and steadfast. Even when Maria & I gave her father a reason to give us a dressing-down (and, well, we did give him quite a few), instead of yelling and scolding, Ray would give us his insight and let us partake of his years of wisdom. He would placidly raise his eyebrow letting us know, he knew what we were pulling. All the while keeping his little sideways grin. It would make me think that even though he knew we had tried to sneak one by him, he still respected our efforts.
Before Maria had started driving, Ray had a big station wagon that we would climb into for him to give us a ride to church or drop us where we wanted to be. I remember one winter when I was probably about thirteen. There had been a huge ice storm that made the roads, what should have been, impassable. I had spent the night before at the Massengill's house and going to church on Sunday morning seemed to be out of the question because of the weather. Ray stepped-up as he always did and we piled into "the wagon" to go to The Lord's house. As we were driving over a tree-covered back road, everything was covered in ice and it looked as though the world was made of glass. It was and still is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. As Ray made our way to the church safely, he also took time to share in our awe at the crystal forest that surrounded us. Forty four years later, every time I see ice covering the trees or remember that day, I always think of Ray Massengill.
People always say you can't choose your parents. I disagree. When I made a new best friend who became like my sister, I chose to accept the love, kindness and guidance of Ray Massengill & his unspoken offer to be like a dad to me. I'll miss Ray & never forget what a wonderful spirit he is.

Art Cate

September 13, 2020

I worked with Ray for many years at KCDC. He gave me astute advice on many occasions. A lot of us called him Daddy Ray with affection. A good man . My prayers to the family.


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