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James Venable Massingill

SoVaNow.com / April 11, 2017



James Venable “Rusty” Massingill, 75, of Clarksville, died Tuesday, April 4.

Rusty was born on May 27, 1941, to James Horace & Vivian Lawson Massingill.

Rusty graduated from the University of Alabama, served as an oceanographer with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, was president of the Old Wagon Factory and a teacher with the Mecklenburg County School System. He was an active member or St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and served the community as a member of the Clarksville Town Council.

He is survived by his wife Helen Hutcheson Massingill; his children, Michelle Massingill Cormack (Todd), John S. Massingill (Heather), Betsy Massingill Kessler (Matt); and six grandchildren Lucinda, Gretchen and Austin Cormack, Jack and Read Kessler, and Megan Massingill.

A funeral will be held Saturday, April 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Timothy’s Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Timothy’s Church, 111 6 St. Clarksville, VA 23927.

Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home is serving the family and invites you to share memories and offer condolences to the family at http://www.wclfh.com.

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