HAMPTON - Joseph 'Joe' D. Massey, 38, beloved husband, father and son, passed away after a short illness at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News on July 13, 2006. He was born in Brunswick, Ga., on Halloween 1967 and lived in many places across the U.S. as part of a Navy family until settling in Columbia, Tenn. He graduated from Columbia Central High School and attended Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. He joined the United States Navy in 1990 as a nuclear reactor operator. He moved to Hampton, Va., in 1993 where he spent five years stationed on the U.S.S. Enterprise CVN-65. He worked as an MCSE for several years before joining Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding as a nuclear test engineer in 2001. Joe was loved by all his relatives, extended family and friends. He was the kind of guy who could always make you laugh. He loved music and was an excellent guitar player. He loved reading, riding roller coasters, electronic gadgets, but most of all, he loved his family. His loss is felt very deeply. Joe is survived by his wife of 10 years, Jane Justice Massey, and his seven-year-old son, Dylan C. Massey, of Hampton. He is also survived by his parents, Earl D. and Mabel Clayton Massey of Chapel Hill, Tenn.; his mother-in-law, Joan K. Justice of Hampton; brother-in-law, Joseph Justice Jr., his wife, Michelle Malven, and his nieces, Jacqueline and Alexandra Justice, of Suffolk, Va. Family will receive friends Monday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a memorial service following in the chapel at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at a later time. Friends are encouraged to visit www.mem.com to share words of comfort with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton.
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Published in Daily Press from July 15 to July 16, 2006