John William Massey

April 2, 1923December 14, 2012

John William “Jack” Massey, age 89, of Pensacola, FL, passed away Friday, December 14, 2012. He was born April 2, 1923 in Rupert, GA to the late John Robert Massey and Pauline Cochran Massey.

Jack was a veteran having served in the United States Navy during WWII. He loved airplanes and flying, he later became a pilot, served as a FAA Inspector and supervisor in the aviation department. He also held the distinguished position of a Forest Ranger and machinist. Jack loved to work with his hands: if an industry needed a tool that no one made, Jack would go home and make the tool. He also loved fishing and hunting, but most of all he loved his family.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kim Allen Massey; a grandson, Shane Massey; and a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Massey .

Survivors include his beloved wife, Sarah Josephine Massey; his children, Beverly Terpening of Panama City, FL, John (Francie) Massey of Kansas City, KS, Barbara (Jim) DeRuiter of Panama City, FL, Beth (Doug) Massey-Price of Pensacola, FL, Jerry (John) DeSha of Portales, NM, and Dana (Mark) Massey-Hill of Clovis, NM; grandchildren, Rodney Terpening, Shelly McNaron, Clint McCormick, Heather Massey Petry, Erin Massey O’Rourke, John Brian Massey, Dustin Price, Kimberly Price, John Forrest DeSha, Sarah DeSha, Matti DeSha, Alex Massey and Rhiannon Massey-Hill; 19 great grandchildren; brothers, Donald Massey and Lamar (Linda) Massey, all of Ideal, GA; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A Celebration of Life will be Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 2 PM at Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday, December 18, 2012 from 6 until 8 PM.


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 18, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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December 20, 2012

I was sad to hear of Jack's passing. He was a guy who could make or repair anything,not many like him around anymore. I still have some of the tools that he made for me. Jack was also a devoted family man and a good friend. He always told the best stories. It was my good fortune to have known and worked with Jack. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Van Stumpner, Oklahoma City

December 19, 2012

Beth and family... We are so sorry for you loss. You are in our prayers. Love you. Linda, Joshua and Hannah.


December 18, 2012

All of us who worked with Jack at NAS Pensacola on the Northrop and Sabreliner programs will miss the great stories about aircraft and flying that Jack could entertain us with -- To this day, we still use the tools that he fabricated for our aircraft. Part of his greatness was the Passion he had for everything that he was involved with and his ability to transfer that passion to all who had the honor of working with him -- Jack could be as stubborn and hardheaded as a mule but one thing I came to find out over the years was that -- he was always right. He will be in our hearts forever -- -
Walt & Tammy Tallman and family.

December 18, 2012

" Our prayer are with you and your family . God bless you and your family"

Jeannie Thomas & Family ( Pensacola Fl )

Bob & Peggy Kaba

December 18, 2012

We were very saddened to hear of Jack's passing. He was a great guy and was so talented in everything he did. He spoke of his love for family often. He will be missed by his many friends.

December 17, 2012

Sorry to hear of Jack's death. As a young boy, I Remember when he worked with the Forestry Dept., he would visit and we went fishing near our home. In later years we only saw each other at the family reunion in September. May God continue to comfort and bless each of you. John H. Massey Canton, Ga.

December 17, 2012

To Mrs.Price and Family,
My prayers are with you and your family in your time of bereavement. Amy Parker

Cassandra Odom

December 17, 2012

Beth and Family:
I feel your pain because I have been right where you are now. Please know that I am praying for you and your family. God is able to provide comfort during the time of greif. Take comfort in the fact that your father has transitioned from laboring here on earth to his heavenly reward. Trust in the Lord and lean not to your understanding. God be with you and your family.
I love you - Cassandra


December 17, 2012

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

david and robin sherrill

December 17, 2012

Our Prayers are with you and your family!!