On Tuesday morning, September 25, an angel was dispatched to collect another of God’s flowers, Marvin 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 in 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 Funeral Services will be conducted Sunday, September 30,2012 at Prince George High School Gym, the time will be 2 P.M.
The family is receiving friends at 7433 Cross Point Lane, Prince George, Virginia, and may be contacted at (804) 243-3036.
There will be a public viewing held Saturday, Septmber 29, 2012 from 9 A.M. until 7 P.M. at Pearson Funeral Services located on 556 Halifax Street in Emporia, Virginia 23847, any questions please call 434-634-2162.
The Staff, of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Services, 556 Halifax Street Emporia, Virginia, is in charge of the arrangements. www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.ocm