Nelsen Williamsburg

3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA


James Byard Massengill

February 19, 1938January 14, 2017

James Byard Massengill, M.D. February 19, 1938 – January 14, 2017

Jim was born the son of Helmine (Endres) and Fulton Massengill, M.D. in Orange, New Jersey, in 1938. In high school, he attended Newark Academy and graduated from the Hotchkiss school. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from St. Louis University.

Following his internship at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, New Jersey, Jim spent two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in Albany, Georgia. Next came a residency in orthopedic surgery at Strong Memorial in Rochester, New York. He then trained in hand surgery in New York City. His practice was North Jersey Hand Surgery, with offices in Denville, Madison and Springfield, New Jersey. He served as President of the Morris Co. Medical Society from 1985-1988. He was also a member of the Army/Navy Club in Washington, DC, Ford’s Colony Country Club and PI Delta Epsilon, Cornell.

Throughout his life, Jim enjoyed working with his hands, both inside his profession and outside in his personal life. In addition to building many beautiful model airplanes, he was also a pilot and the builder of a Glasair III, an experimental aircraft. Jim attended the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine and became an accomplished furniture craftsman. He was also a master gardener and volunteer gardener for Colonial Williamsburg.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ned (Helen Lind), and his son Ned. He is survived by his wife, Sue; children, Susan (Charlie), Sarah (Marc), Adrienne (Christian), Samantha (Brian); stepdaughter, Katie; stepson, Jamie; grandchildren, Erin, Corinne, Madison, Oliver and Brian; great-grandchildren Annabella and Chase; and step-grandchildren Scott, Andrew and Hailey.

He also leaves behind his beloved Winchester “Winnie” Massengill, a beautiful Labradoodle.

Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Hotchkiss School, 11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, Connecticut 06039, www.hotchkiss.org. Online condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsencares.com.


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Michael and Fraser Grimes

January 27, 2017

You will be missed by your many friends and loved ones. Rest in peace!

Michael and Fraser Grimes


January 26, 2017

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this sad and difficult time. Psalms 119: 50,76.

Leslie Wald

January 25, 2017

Jim Massengill, I will miss you. We had many enjoyable years together and best of all, a wonderful daughter. You lived a full life, always with authentic passions, which you pursued until the very end. I will always cherish the memories.

Ray Perry

January 24, 2017

We will miss him. Cornell was great and Jim was a fun friend.

Stephen Gallerani

January 22, 2017

Sorry for your loss Di. God Bless your Dad, and all your family!

Jacqueline Goulet

January 22, 2017

My deepest condolences to the family, especially Sarah, our daughter-in-law. We had the privilege of meeting Mr. Messengill in our visits to Marc and Sarah's house. He was a very nice man. So sorry for your loss. May you all find peace and comfort in the days and months ahead. God bless.

Tom and Marybeth Thompson

January 22, 2017

Jim was a great friend, always enjoyable and entertaining company to be with.We will miss him but our memories of him will always be with us.