Paul Edward Massingill
Submitted by Edgar on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:33am
Paul Edward Massingill was born Feb. 21, 1928, in Hamilton County to the late George Roy and Angeline “Susie” (Bass) Massingill. He was the seventh of eleven children. He was a graduate of Jonesboro High School. Paul married the love of his life, Margaret Ann Massingill on Jan. 10, 1948. They shared 66 very wonderful and memorable years together. Four amazing and unique children were born to this union, Billy Wayne, Johnny, Pam, and Kenny. He enlisted in the USAF, serving in Okinawa, and receiving an honorable discharge as a WWII veteran in 1949. He retired after 20 years with the Texas Department of Health and continued to stay active in farming and ranching for years. He loved nothing better than sitting in his John Deere tractor, driving one of his grain trucks or his sitting high in his combine. He served as trustee on the Jonesboro School Board and Jonesboro Volunteer Fire Department. He also served as president of the Evergreen Cemetery Association for many years. He was a member of the Rock House Masonic Lodge and a member of the Evergreen Baptist Church until the time of his death. He was an avid reader of good ole westerns and he never turned down a good domino game. He found great pleasure in hunting and fishing and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved to travel with family while he was still able. He never met a stranger and made everyone who walked through his door feel right at home. He cherished life and lived it to the fullest. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, three sisters, and one precious grandson, John Paul Massingill. Survivors include his wife, Margaret, four children: Billy Wayne Massingill and wife Mary of Clifton, Johnny Edward Massingill and wife Pat of Jonesboro, Pamela Ann Massingill Thomas of Eastland and Kenneth Charles Massingill of Gatesville; 10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. He was laid to rest in the Evergreen Cemetery next to his grandson, John Paul Massingill. He was honored at gravesite with a military presentation of the American flag to his wife for service to his country as well as a very heartfelt Masonic ceremony conducted by the Grand Master and other Brethren of the Rock House Masonic Lodge of Hamilton. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the John Paul Massingill Scholarship Fund, C/O Jonesboro High School, Box 125, Jonesboro 76538 or the Evergreen Cemetery Association, W. T. Paul, Jr., 240 CR 303 Jonesboro, TX 76538. Arrangements under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Hamilton.
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