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Luther Massengill

Luther Riley Massengill age 78, passed away from leukemia on Monday, April 6 2020 at the SECU Hospice House in Smithfield, NC The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.  We will update the obituary once a decision has been made.  Luther was born in Dunn, NC on September 14, 1941 to the late Alex and Anna Parker Massengill and was also preceded in death by his brother, Landon D. Massengill. He graduated from Smithfield High School, NC in 1960 and attended Western Carolina University where he received his undergraduate degree in Business Education in 1964 and his Master’s Degree in 1970. He served as a Program Assistant at Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC during summer of 1965. His teaching career included three years at West Henderson High School, two years at Benson High School, one year at South Johnston High School, and twenty three years at Johnston Community College, Smithfield, NC. Luther was an avid gardener, enjoyed family genealogy, and also was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Smithfield.  Luther is survived by his wife of forty-eight years, Wanda Jean Carpenter Massengill, sons William Riley Massengill and Marshall Landon Massengill and wife, Megan, sister, Anna Kay Johnson and husband, Jerry. Due to the current health issues the family understands that you are not able to join them to remember Luther.  Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.   Arrangements are by Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Four Oaks, NC.

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To my Dear Jean, Cousin Will, and Cousin Marshall..I was heartbroken to learn of the passing of Uncle Luther. I will always love you all, and will never forget you. My heart and prayers are with you. I love you guys, and don't forget, even though California is a few miles away, MI CASA ES SU CASA! Luv you Guys! We will miss you Uncle Luther.....

Mayela and kids (Kaylie-Christy-Jacob) Apr 17 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry for the loss of your husband and father!To me Luther will always be that Hollywood young man, that as a young girl I thought the world of! It didn't change much over the years. We have been talking over our family tree quit a bit over the last few years and I was learning so very much from him. Always the teacher! I miss him and so does my mother Faye Massengill Butler, they had been talking about the spring planting just this Christmas. He will always have a heart place for us.

Kathy Butler Apr 12 2020 12:00 AM

Luther will be missed. Love and prayers for your family. -Freeman, Jamie, Karla, and family

Karla Denning Apr 9 2020 12:00 AM

Jean, Will and Marshall, We grieve your loss of our beloved Luther. My first cousin, Luther, Landon and I grew up playing together and many found memories, linger, of our childhood. Luther will be missed hear on earth but we will be reunited in heaven....Rufus and Martha Massengill

rmassengill001@cox.net Apr 9 2020 12:00 AM

Dear family, I was so sorry to learn of Luther's passing. We grew up in the same neighborhood and we both graduated with the class of 1960. He was one of the nicest teenagers when we were growing up and I understand he grew up to be an exceptional man as well. I was very surprised when I enrolled at JCC and he was one of my teachers. A good one,too. I am proud of the man he became and the fine family that he has. May God help you through this sad time........Janice Smith Worley

Janice smith Worley Apr 9 2020 12:00 AM

I am a former student and coworker of Mr . Massengill from JCC. Once he learned we were distantly related, he provided me with some of our genealogy. He was a sweet and caring gentleman. Prayers for the family.

Beverly Gibson Apr 9 2020 12:00 AM

I have very fond memories of Luther when we were teaching at JCC. He was always a calm, considerate, happy person. I had great respect for him. My sympathy and condolences go out to the family.

Dale O'Neill Apr 8 2020 12:00 AM

I am deeply sadden by the loss of my lifelong friend

Cecil Heavner Apr 8 2020 12:00 AM

Jean & family, So sorry to hear of Luther passing. You're in our thoughts & prayers.

Floy Massengill Allen & Tyler Apr 8 2020 12:00 AM

Mr. Massengill was my instructor at JCC and later we became co-workers at JCC. He was a pleasant man to know and to work with. My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends. GOD bless.

Kim Allen Apr 8 2020 12:00 AM

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