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Obituary of Marvin Massenburg, Jr.
Posted Date: 9/28/2012

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever shall believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

On Tuesday morning, Sept. 25, an angel was dispatched to collect another of God's flowers, Marvin "MJ" Massenburg Jr. None the wiser, MJ and his parents headed out as usual to work and to school, not knowing the day or the hour had been set. At precisely 7:45 a.m., while en route to school, MJ was called home. A senior at Prince George High School, a member of the marching band playing the tuba, and former member of the football team, MJ was a straight "A" student, with future aspirations to attend the University of Virginia (UVA) and major in engineering. He was a soft-spoken, quiet and friendly young man, who always wore a smile on his face, and was truly loved by all who knew him, including family, friends, teachers and classmates. To MJ, everyone was a friend, because he never met a stranger.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever shall believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

On Tuesday morning, Sept. 25, an angel was dispatched to collect another of God's flowers, Marvin "MJ" Massenburg Jr. None the wiser, MJ and his parents headed out as usual to work and to school, not knowing the day or the hour had been set. At precisely 7:45 a.m., while en route to school, MJ was called home. A senior at Prince George High School, a member of the marching band playing the tuba, and former member of the football team, MJ was a straight "A" student, with future aspirations to attend the University of Virginia (UVA) and major in engineering. He was a soft-spoken, quiet and friendly young man, who always wore a smile on his face, and was truly loved by all who knew him, including family, friends, teachers and classmates. To MJ, everyone was a friend, because he never met a stranger.

Marvin was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Mrs. Audrey Mason and Mr. Claude Mason, and his paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Haywood and Virginia Massenburg (his heart), and an uncle, Melvin Mason.

He is survived by his parents, Sharon and Marvin Massenburg Sr.; paternal grandparents, Barbara Massenburg and Samuel Chambliss of Hopewell; four aunts, Tashue Mason (Jeffrey), Katina Harrison of Emporia, Jennifer Fleming (Jon) of Midlothian and Shanna Chambliss of Prince George; three uncles, Torrance Massenburg (Deborah) of Portsmouth, Kevin Chambliss (Thalia) of Dinwiddie and Keith Chambliss of Chesterfield; six great-aunts, Lucille McWilliams (Wilbert) of Petersburg, Phenorid Ellis (William) of Chesterfield, Deverly Perry (Garland Sr.) of Hopewell, Ramonia Prosise of Petersburg, Angela Young of Gaston, N.C., and Reather Mason of Stony Creek; six great-uncles, Alton Young (Arletha) of Emporia, Ivory Mason Jr. (Evelyn) of Richmond, Roy Mason of Jarratt, Kim Mason of Ohio, Haywood Massenburg and Cornell Massenburg of Stony Creek; five great-great-aunts, Eleanor Dillard and Dorothy Rose of Petersburg, Christine Massenburg and Doretha Atkins (Major) of Stony Creek, Virgie Epps and Mabel Parham of Jarratt; and one great-great-uncle, Carl Jones (Clara) of Dinwiddie; and a host of cousins and friends. He is survived by one very devoted cousin, Sherry Hollins (Alphonso) of Petersburg, and children, Alphonso Jr., Antwain, Alexia and Aaliyah.

The family is receiving friends at 7433 Cross Point Lane, Prince George, Va., and may be contacted at 804-243-3036.

The funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at the Prince George High School Gym.

There will be a public viewing held from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at Pearson Funeral Services, 556 Halifax St., Emporia, VA 23847; any questions, please call 434-634-2162.

Published in The Progress-Index on September 28, 2012


 (It has also been confirmed by Prince George County Schools that there will be a viewing at the High School on Sunday, September 30 starting at 11:00 a.m. before the funeral.)