James G. Massey

March 23, 1952 - March 12, 2015

03/23/1952 - 03/12/2015

James G. Massey, 62 of East Liverpool passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015 at St. Mary’s Alzheimer’s Center in Columbiana, OH following a lengthy illness.
He was born in East Liverpool on March 23, 1952 a son to the late James Leonard and Alberta Deshler Massey. Jim lived most of his life in this area and was a 1970 graduate of East Liverpool High School and graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, with a focus on marketing. He then held a variety of sales and marketing positions in Ohio and Georgia. Jim was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed white water canoeing, windsurfing and cycling, and is a former member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
He is survived by a brother: Joseph Massey and his wife Barbara of Loudon, TN; two sisters: Christine Sanford of East Liverpool, OH and Joyce Massey Turner and her husband Art of Yardley, PA; he was a beloved and favorite uncle to Christopher, Melissa, Ryan, Laura and Robb.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law Kevin Sanford.
Services will be held at the Calcutta Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2 P.M. officiated by his nephew Ryan Massey, a pastor at the SouthBrook Christian Church in Miamisburg, Ohio. Interment will be in Spring Grove Cemetery.
Family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home in Calcutta on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 2 – 6 P.M. and 2 hours prior to the service on Sunday.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to St. Mary’s Alzheimers Activity Fund: 1899 W. Garfield Street, Columbiana, OH 44408 or to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Youngstown Chapter: 3695 Boardman Canfield Road, Suite 301B, Canfield, OH 44406.

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Trish cotteen
8 years ago

Gene and I are so sorry for the loss of your brother, uncle, and friend. Rest in peace Jim

You were loved so much, by so many.

Chuck Taylor
8 years ago

I am so saddened by Jims’ passing. My condolences to his family. Jim was my first real friend. We walked to school together the first day of first grade at pleasant heights elementary school. We did sleep overs in each others homes. His dad, James, took us on a hike to “Dogs’ rock” behind Lisbon street. We played tricks on his little sister Chrissy. I fell down their stairs, split my cheek open I was 7 and scared the crap out of his big sister Joyce. We used to listen to Joyce’s records Everly Brothers. So many memories. Rest in peace, my friend.

Marilyn Roush
8 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Jim was a great guy and friend we met at Kent East Liverpool and continued to be friends on campus. We share a lot of good times and laughs together. I have great memories of him, Jerry, Sondra and I!

Sondra Backus
8 years ago

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Jim. We became friends at Kent State.

He was such a warm, funny and loving person. He gave many of us rides back home from Kent campus. We even hung out together after graduation. I have many wonderful memories of him. He was a great friend. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Jerry Bucher
8 years ago

It was with shock and sadness that I learned of Jim’s passing. I met ‘Mass’ at Kent State East Liverpool and then we went on together to the main campus. Jim was a great guy and friend. That smile you see in the picture posted in this guestbook is a good approximation of Jim’s smile, or grin, really. But only good – to remember that smile up close and personal makes my eyes well up and wish now that we had somehow remained in touch over the years. Jim’s smile was so genuine – just like him. Marilyn was right – great time there at Kent for those of us from the Valley who hung out together. My sincerest of condolences to Jim’s family and friends – this is someone who will be missed greatly.

Linda Watson White
8 years ago

Jim was a wonderful fellow classmate at ELHS. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him and welcomed with open arms in heaven. God Bless You All.

Joe Alford
8 years ago

Joyce, Joe and Christy I am so sorry for your loss. Though I have lost contact with most all my childhood friends, Jim will always be the friend most cherished when I look back to those good old days on Pleasant Heights. Riding bikes, playing ball or hanging out in your basement playing table tennis are fond memories of my youth. Jim was the kind of friend that all children should have. Those days of growing up on the hill have always held a special place in my memory and Jim was at the center of it all.

Barbara Skeens
8 years ago

So sorry for your loss. Jim was one of the Good Guys. RIP

Gale and Gail Williams
8 years ago

We are very sad to hear of Jim’s passing… Jim was our closest friend but more like family to us during our days in Atlanta… We have so many happy memories that we continued to share on the phone with Jim these last years until he could no longer remember… We feel fortunate that Jim was part of our lives, he was truly a wonderful and gentle person… Jim will stay in our hearts forever… Our sympathies to all of his family…

Pam Stewart Banfield
8 years ago

What a great guy! So sorry for the your loss, he suffered long enough. My thoughts are with the family who loved him so much.

CAROL SUE MARTIN BARLOW
8 years ago

You have my deepest sympathy.

Carol Sue

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