Chester Bryan Massey
CHESTER BRYAN MASSEY, a native Houstonian, born November 26, 1924, the youngest of six children, passed away on March 27, 2009. Preceded in death by his parents, Harry and May Bell Massey; his first wife Betty Mullins Massey; and sons, Mark and Richard Massey. Chester is survived by his loving wife and guardian angel of twelve years, Ruth Meyer Massey; son, David and wife Cindy Massey; son, Timothy Massey and daughter in-law, Mary Ann Massey. He graduated from Jeff Davis High School in 1942 and joined the Navy May 30, 1942. He joined the Houston Police Department on April 3, 1950 in class #4 and retired after 39 years of service as a Lieutenant in the Homicide Division. He also received commendations from Police Chiefs including being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the 100 Club. He was an active member of the Houston Police Retired Officers Association and a 50 year member of the Reagan Masonic Lodge and American Legion Post #560. Chester enjoyed coaching Little League baseball and he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Houston Police Retired Officers Association; St. Matthews; or Grace Methodist Church; the 100 Club or a charity of your choice. Visitation will be held Monday, March 30, 2009 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Heights Funeral Home. A service to honor Mr. Massey's life will be conducted on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 10 A.M. at Heights Funeral Home and will be officiated by Dr. Charles Greene. Interment will follow at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.

Published by Houston Chronicle on Mar. 29, 2009.
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My sincere condolences to Mr. Massey's family and friends. Take care always.
Jan Greene Bierwirth
April 14, 2009
Chester was a good friend and mentor, I first met him in 1969, when I was a Texas Ranger stationed in Company A, Houston. He always had time to talk to you and tell you how to get something done. He loved to help get the really bad ones off the street. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Jerry Clements
April 6, 2009
Dear Ruth, David, Cindy,

We all knew Chester would be called home soon, but it is always too soon. He was a great and wonderful person, leader, manager and role model. He is in Christ's arms and feeling good again. We extend our love to all of you.

Jerry and Carole DeFoor
Jerry DeFoor
April 5, 2009
Chester Massey, my friend of 56 years has been called home by the Lord. He fought the good fight and left a legacy of an honorable life. Ruth, his loving and most caring wife was loyal and steadfast until the very end.

I will miss Chester dearly and I am very saddened that I could not attend his funeral. My family extends their deepest thoughts and prayers to Ruth and her family. God Bless.

Charles "Pete" Peterson
HPD Detective Ret.
Charles "Pete" Peterson
April 3, 2009
Our hearts and prayers are with you all. I always enjoyed talking with Chester and we know he will be greatly missed. Let your memories of all the good times carry you through this sorrowful time.
Don & Barbara Cotten (retired HPD)
April 1, 2009
Ruth - you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Brenda Lea (Derrick)
April 1, 2009
Dear Ruth, I am so sorry for your loss. You probably don't remember me, but we met at the funeral of Florence Massey and possibly other funerals. My father, Scott Massey, thought the world of Brian. We live at Canyon Lake and were not able to come to the funeral. Virginia Massey Bowden
Virginia Bowden
April 1, 2009
Dear Ruth and family,

The service was just a wonderful tribute to Chester Bryan. His dedication to the Houston Police Department was exemplary and his love for his family was endless. We were both honored to be a part of this wonderful extended Massey family today.

Sincerely, Bonnie Massey Cook and Jo Cook Schorp, cousins
March 31, 2009
Mrs. Massey and Debi so sorry for your loss, my prayers to you and your family and a grand salute to Mr. Massey for having served in the Navy and Police Academy for so many years.
Essy DeLeon
March 31, 2009
Mrs. Massey and Debi so sorry for your loss. My prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.
Essy DeLeon
March 31, 2009
The Jeff Davis high school alumni luncheons are just not going to be the same without Bryan Massey there...everyone who knew Bryan loved him and we are all going to miss him very much...he ALWAYS had a big smile for everyone and that is certainly going to be missed!
Charlotte Miears & Jimmie Tomlin -59'
March 31, 2009
Mom and Dad
Beginnings are always fun and exciting,your history is no exception. Endings are usually sad. It is the middle of our lives that make us unique and special. I am blessed Dad, that you were in all my life. Your Sweetheart
March 31, 2009
Tim, I am thinking of you in your loss. I am so sorry I was not able to be at the services.
Liz ( Furstenfeld ) Wortham
March 31, 2009
My deepest sympathy to Ruth and the family. Chester was one of the most knowledgeable police officers that HPD had when it came to knowing the crooks in town. He was one of good guys and will be missed very much. Our prayers are with you.
M. D. Beale, Jr. HPD(Ret.)
March 31, 2009
My deepest sympathy to Ruth and family our prayers go out for everyone
Carolyn Sue Shelburne
March 31, 2009
Chester Massey was my mentor while on the Houston Police Department. He was the one person who inspired me to be the best police officer that I could possibly be. He also caused me to be a better father and family man. I owe Chester so much for the example he always showed and will remember him for the rest of my life. He was truely a great man.
Earl Musick
March 31, 2009
I knew Chester for most of my HPD career, and saw him often at the HPROA meetings. I even worked with him from time to time when he was in Robbery and I was a detective in Homicide. Later when I made Lt., Chester had transferred to Homicide, and I was in Forgery, and often went down and talked to him and his right hand man, Ed Horelica. Chester was always remembered as a very good officer, very knowledgable about police work, and a good friend. I will certainly miss him and wish my condolences to Ruth, David, Cindy, and his other family members. May God Bless them all in this time of grief.
D.A. Gibson
March 30, 2009
Lt. Massey was a great man and outstanding police officer. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Joe Messa
March 30, 2009
I knew Chester for many years as well as David and Rick. I worked with Rick in Narcotics and CID. I always looked forward to seeing Chester and spouse at Sacred Heart for spagetti on Thursdays. He will be greatly missed as well as all of his war stories. God bless him and his family.
James Koteras
March 30, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
ted rayon
March 30, 2009
Chester was a good freind and a mentor to me during my career with HPD. He was one of those special people who treated everyone with respect. I will cherish our friendship and his memory.
Dan Furstenfeld
March 30, 2009
While I never met Mr Massey, I felt like I knew him through my years of working with Rick, here at San Jacinto College. My prayers are with the family.
Charlotte Jackson
March 30, 2009
Mr Massey was a great man with a great family. His service in HPD and the Navy contributed to all of our freedoms. It was an honor to know him.
Paul Dishman
March 30, 2009
Bryan was an old dear friend of our family. He was a wonderful man and we are all so blessed for just knowing him.

Becky Green
March 30, 2009
Mr. Massey is one of the greatest men I have every know. I grew up with the Massey family. They are a very loving and wonderful family. May he rest in peace.
Love, JJ (Hightower) Temple
March 30, 2009
Mrs. Massey:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
Diane (Perkins) McAlpine & family
March 30, 2009
I'm so very sorry for the family's great loss.
Ted Bell
March 30, 2009
I didn't know Mr. Massey, but I did work for his son Richard who was a Captain at San Jacinto College. My condolences to Mr. Massey's family.
Richard Thompson
March 30, 2009
I grew up on Norview St. two houses away from the Masseys 40+ years ago and remember Mr. Massey as a loving family man. I know your loss will be felt by all who's lives he touched.
Nancy Rodeheaver Luksa
March 29, 2009
Although our careers in the police department overlapped, I was never fortunate enough to work with Chester but I did work with his sons. After he retired, I spent some pleasant afternoons in the Heights listening to his stories. He was like an Uncle that one could go to for advice. I will miss him.
Russell Fisher
March 29, 2009
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
M.Teresa Baiamonte
March 29, 2009
Chester was one of the finest people we have ever known, and one hell of a cop!!

May he rest in peace..
Margery&Dan doetterl
March 29, 2009
Chester always had a warm smile and a friendly handshake for everyone. He made you feel right at home. He will be truly missed but not forgotten.
Dave Straughan
March 29, 2009
What fawn memories I have of Lt. Massey. He always had time to spend with a young patrol officer....never to busy to explain things and teach us. What a wonderful example he set for us all. I am sure he was loved by all. God bless all his many family members.
M. E. (Mel) Gideon
March 29, 2009
Ruth, Dorothy and I always looked forward to seeing you and Chester at the HPROA meetings. He and his big smile will be missed. We share the grief you must be feeling for so great of a loss.
Jim Ashby
March 29, 2009
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