Vernell Massey was called home to be with his Savior and Lord on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. He was born on May 15, 1942 to the late Grant and Mamie Massey of Tildenville, Florida. Whenever, someone mentions the name Vernell Massey a smile automatically will appear on their face because he was just a funny and humorous person. He could mesmerize anyone with his jokes and talltales (lies). It was his way of having fun and enjoying life. We all loved being around him and laughing with him whether it was eating his infamous barbeque or listening to his talltales. He was the life of the party. Vern will be dearly missed.
Vern recently joined St. Paul AME Church under the leadership of Rev. Frank Massey. There, he attended until his sickness made it impossible for him to get out and about.
He was married to a devoted wife, Regina Massey and to this union they have a loving and caring son, Gabriel. He also leaves to mourn his other children (4) daughters and (4 more) sons: Erika Massey of Ocala, Emma Jean Wilder of Winter Garden, Kimberly Russell of Georgia, Latoya Williams of Oakland, Dennis Massey of New York, Rickey Massey of Orlando, Vernon Jackson of Maryland, Warren Bennett of Ocala; mother-in-law, Myrtice Jefferson, father-in-law James Jefferson; he also leaves sisters and brothers, Frances Luckett of Orlando, Beverly Mount (John) of Orlando, Greg Massey of Orlando, Pauline Thornton of Georgia, Paul Thornton (Edith) of Groveland, Kamisha Jackson of Orlando, Kenneth Postell of Oakland; a special uncle, Curtis Massey (Edna) of Oakland, aunt Minnie Gray (Willie) of Orlando, uncle Willie Williams (Lily) of Mount Dora, a devoted friend Leon Carter of Oakland a host of grandchildren, family and friends.
The family will be receiving friends at St. Paul AME Church located at 330 Center Street, Winter Garden on tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 5 until 7 pm. The funeral service will be held at the church on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm with Pastor Frank Massey officiating, followed by interment at Oakland Cemetery. Repast immediately following the interment at St. Paul AME Church.