Carl Dean Massey

Carl Dean Massey

Carl Dean Massey, 87, of Anna, died Sunday, April 28, 2024, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna, surrounded by his family.

He was born on May 6, 1936, in Union County, the son of Charlie and Lucy Fite Massey. 

He was married on July 27, 1961, to Betty Joyce Barlow. She preceded him in death on Sept. 3, 1998.

He is survived by his two sons, Eric Massey (Jennifer) of Anna and Ronald Massey of Anna; grandchildren Morgan Bodnar (Matt) of Raleigh, N.C., Derek Massey of Anna, Zach Massey of Energy and Bryce Massey of Anna; his special friend, Evelyn Hileman; many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Betty Massey; as well as his parents; brothers Bill (Helen) Massey, Leland Massey, Ted Massey and Delmar Massey; sisters Mildred (Wilis) Reynolds and Helen (Glenn) Brewer; and his daughter, Becky (Cagle) Massey.

Mr. Massey was a member of the United Pentecostal Church of Ware and he loved the Lord. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He led his family with guidance and support throughout all his life, and family was his greatest achievement. 

Mr. Massey served in the U.S. Army. He was a Master Mason. He became a Standard Oil agent in 1965. In 1976, he and Betty began Massey Oil Company Inc., which he proudly operated through October of 2004.

Carl and Betty put God, church, family and friends at the forefront of everything they did. Together, their children continue to carry on the leadership example of love, support and forgiveness of one another. 

After the death of Betty, Carl and Evelyn enjoyed many years of adventure, friendship and fun. Evelyn is a grandmother to many grandchildren, but she is the grandmother that became best friends with our Papa.

Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Services followed at the funeral home, with Dwane Sims officiating. Interment with military honors followed at the Anna Cemetery. 

Memorials can be made to the activity department at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna and to Hospice of Southern Illinois. 

To view the obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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Anna, Illinois 62906
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