Samuel Barnes Massey, Jr. passed away in his home on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Virginia Beach, VA. Samuel was born on March 22, 1958 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the New York City public school system and graduated from High School in Brooklyn. Samuel was a member of The Victory Temple COGIC of Brooklyn, New York where he attended each time he visited New York City.
Samuel was employed with the Navy Resale and Services Support Office (NAVRESSO) in Brooklyn, New York before transitioning to the United States Postal Service in the 1980s. He then took the work experience previously acquired and became a civilian employee with the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) in Staten Island, New York; eventually relocating with the company to Virginia Beach in 1993 where he worked until his retirement.
Samuel was a sports enthusiast, a member of a bowling league and enjoyed legalized betting. Samuel was known as a “gentle giant” having a height of 6’7”, while being self-characterized as “a smart ass, quick whip, very annoying yet making sense but you didn’t want to hear it.” Most importantly, to him, “life was a joy.”
Samuel was a resident of Virginia Beach for the remaining 28 years of his life. He leaves to cherish in his memory his spouse Patsy, and daughters Torina and Tamiko of Brooklyn, New York, three sisters Ethel, Deborah and Beverly, three nephews, two nieces, three grandnephews, two grandnieces, one goddaughter, three aunts, three uncles, numerous cousins, and friends. Also, a special acknowledgement to his NEXCOM family: Admirals and Staff, Kim, Liz, Cheryl and his best friend Izzy.
Samuel can now join his parents and younger brother who preceded him in death. Until we meet again, love to all.