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James Douglas Massengale

James Douglas Massengale
February 15
17:19 2022

James Massengale, 73, of Alba, Texas, passed away at his residence on Sunday, February 13, 2022. His graveside services at the Breckenridge Cemetery will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, under the direction of Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home. The family will welcome friends for a visitation at the cemetery one hour prior to the graveside service.

James Douglas Massengale was born in Lubbock, Texas, on February 3, 1949, to James and Carrie Massengale, and while growing up in Idalou, Texas, James had a horse he adored named Miss Idalou that he took care of for many years. James moved with his family to Pleasant Grove prior to attending high school. Upon graduation from W.W. Samuel High School, James went to work at General Motors SPO. He retired from GM in October 1999 after 30 years of service. James was very involved in the union at work, devoting his time to ensure equality of and for his fellow employees. He was a forklift driver and committeeman during his time with General Motors. James had several hobbies throughout his life, including collecting baseball cards and coins, boating, fishing, and watching the Texas Rangers.

James was a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge #382 in Yantis, Texas. Being a Mason was an honor and something that he took seriously. He was also a member of the United Auto Workers for over thirty years.

James was a true gentleman and one of the most generous people you would ever meet. He was a loving and caring person, always putting his family first and taking the time to find the best qualities in everyone. He considered his close friends as family members and treated them as such.

James was preceded in death by his parents, James and Carrie Massengale.

He is survived by his wife, Susanne Massengale of Alba; sons, Rodney Massengale of Vancouver, Washington, Keith Massengale and wife Alia of Vancouver, Washington, and Jason Carlock and wife Jess of Rochester Hills, Michigan; sister, Connie Schlabs and husband Walter of Scotland, Texas; grandsons, Dylan and Tyson Massengale, both of Vancouver, Washington; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Memorial donations in James’ name can be made to the Shriners Hospital and can be left at the Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home office. Condolence can be made online at

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