Antoine Thomas Massery died on Sunday, September 3, 2023, at the age of 83 in the arms of the love of his life Hazel after a brief, but hard-fought battle with cancer. Antoine was the best husband, Daddy, Paw Paw, brother and father-in-law a family could be fortunate enough to have for so many years.
Antoine was born June 30, 1940, in Little Rock, Arkansas to Albert and Thelma Massery. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Linda Umholtz and brother-in-law Dale Umholtz.
Antoine is survived by his wife of 64 years, Hazel, son Antoine “Tony” Massery (Treasa), son David Massery (Carol) and daughter Maria Krueger (Keith), brother Albert “Uncle Joe” Massery, grandchildren Niki Howell (Andy), Shelli Thompson (Josh), David Massery (Traci), Joey Massery (Courtney), Jennifer Evans (Jesse), Sabrina Cornelius (Shane), Jason Eddy, Jordan Krueger and Kendall Ficarelli (Matt) and great grandchildren Angela Dunn (fiancée Michael Barton), Colt Thompson, Kenzie Thompson, Hailee Barnard (Jared), Zoe Massery, Kiya Massery, A.J. Massery, Wesley Evans, Jonathan Belcher, Joshua Belcher, Jackson Belcher, Will Eddy and Lilly Eddy. Nephews Curtis Umholtz (Dana), Christopher Umholtz and Craig Umholtz (Rachel).
Antoine’s motto was “improvise, overcome and adapt” and he could fix anything, even if sometimes it wasn’t worth fixing, he just enjoyed tinkering. He also loved to trouble-shoot and taught all of us his two best questions for a problem “Is it plugged up? Is it turned on?”. He loved taking care of the house he built for Hazel, helping nephew Christopher with anything, working in the yard and gardens, but mostly mowing and his favorite past time of weed-whacking. Daddy hated weeds, but the weeds loved his yard.
Antoine loved being surrounded by his family, listening to all the stories, and laughing. We will miss his quick wit, that sometimes only he got, and his great smile and laugh.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to all the doctors, nurses and staff at CHI St. Vincents over the past few months. They took the best care of Daddy.
A memorial service for the immediate family will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com