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Jimmy R. "Big Jim" Massey, 46

Jimmy Roger Massey, 46 years, 0 months, and 5 days old, passed to heaven on Sept. 28, 2012.

Jimmy was born Sept. 23, 1966 in Mtn. Grove, Mo., to Walter and Eula  (Parsons) Massey.

Jimmy and Marcy Sparbel were united in marriage on March 15, 2008 at the Black Jack Church in Drury, Mo.

Jimmy was a great storyteller, sometimes even believing his stories to be true. Jimmy enjoyed hunting and fishing, running his coyote dogs and horseback riding.  Jimmy adored his family; he especially loved being with his granddaughter, Aspyn. Lovingly known as “Big Jim”, Jimmy had a heart as big as he was.

Jimmy was preceded by his father, one sister, Sandra Joann, his grandparents, Lowell and Virginia Parsons, and Giddeon B. and Lois Massey.

Jimmy is survived by his wife, Marcy, of the home; his mother, Eula Parsons, and stepdad, Kent Lee; mother-in-law, Wilma Hicks; children, Steven Sparbel, Norwood, Mo., Samantha Sparbel, Mtn. Grove, Mo., Gary Perkins, Vanzant, Mo., Tammy and David Rhoads, Drury, Mo., Jerome Massey, Vanzant, Mo., Tommy and Amanda Driskel, Dora, Mo; granddaughter, Aspyn Faith; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services for Jimmy were Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Black Jack Church, Drury, Mo., with burial in the Blanche Cemetery. Visitation was from 1 to 2 at the church. Officiating was Curtis Tackitt. Memorials may be made as love offerings to the family. Services were conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, Mo.

Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral