A member of the Binghamtown Baptist Church, he was a proud and patriotic Army veteran of the Korean War, and had received numerous medals for his service to his country. Buddy had been a mechanic and was retired from the United States Postal Service. He had also done sales and service for Electrolux for many years.
He was a very civic minded person and had served on the Middlesboro City Council for 20 years, and was also a member of the Lion’s Club. A member of American Legion Dewey Guy Post #14, he had assisted with many graveside military honors for his departed brethren. One of Buddy’s proudest achievements, was the many baseball teams that he had coached for several years. His love for God, country, city and his fellow man, was one of his greatest assets.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Roger, Tommy and Jim Massengill; sisters, Edna Branham, Mildred Miller, Ruby Vanbeber, Wilma Mayes; and the mother of his children, Willie Mae Pace Massengill.
He is survived by the following members of his family: loving and devoted wife of 25 years, Eula Daugherty Massengill; three sons, Danny (Lois) Massengill, David (Teresa) Massengill, and Sam (Lou Ann) Massengill; two daughters, Diane (Barry) Carnes, and Debbie (Gary) Mayes; step-daughter, Tracy Lynn (Mark) Collins; grandchildren, Danielle (Travis) Lawson, Zachary Massengill, Jennifer (Mark) McGregor, Amanda (Keith) Burkhart, Carrie Carnes, Corey Calloway Carnes and twins, Whitney Lynn and Elizabeth Marie Collins; great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Kenna Lawson, Taylor and Sawyer Smith, Sophia and Lila Joy McGregor, and Zebulon Burkhart. He was special “Poppy” to Brayden and Bryson Barnard. Also surviving are his brother, Harold (Anesia) Massengill; sisters, Suzi (James) Pursiful, Helen Harris and Thelma (Don) Williams; sisters-in-law, Joy Massengill, Ginger Massengill and Mary Lou Massengill; special caregivers, Dr. Vicente Kaw, the Hospice Team and Renee Roper, who gave him much love and care; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Binghamtown Baptist Church with Garry Bingham, Rev. Boyd Bingham and Dr. William Boyd Bingham presiding. Music will be provided by Benny Howard.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at the Green Hills Memorial Gardens with military honors being given by the American Legion Dewey Guy Post #14 of Middlesboro. Pallbearers will be members of the Middlesboro City Council. Honorary pallbearers will be Ben Hickman, and the Binghamtown Men’s Sunday School Class.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Binghamtown Baptist Church. Memorials are suggested to the Gateway Christian School, P.O. Box Z, Middlesboro, KY 40965.
Online condolences and guest book are available at www.creechfh.com.
Creech Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is in charge of all arrangements.