Billy Wayne Massey, 86, of San Antonio, formerly of Hilltop Lakes and the surrounding area, entered into rest on Tuesday, April 12. A private memorial service will be conducted at a later date.
Massey was born on Feb. 9, 1930, in North Zulch, the son of Frank C. and Millie Massey. In June 1933, Millie died, leaving a 1-year old son, and Billy, 3, and two older children in their early teens. Grandmother Massey and some aunts assisted Frank with the children until they were grown. Most of Billy's young years were spent in Madisonville and Bedias.
At the age of 16 years, Massey begged his Dad to sign papers for him to join the U.S. Army Air Corps as a paratrooper. One year later, Massey joined the U.S. Air Force. He served more than 21 years in Japan, Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Germany, then back to Texas and the last 12 months in Massachusetts.
Massey lived with his sister in Bedias where he became acquainted with the Pete Adams family and after a few years in the Air Force, he came back home to visit and discovered that Winona (Toni) Adams had grown up. It didn't take him long to convince her to marry him and they were married on July 2, 1952, and had spent 63 years together at the time of his death.
When Billy and Toni married, he was stationed in Enid, Okla., but was soon transferred to Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin; then to Foster AFB in Victoria, where their daughter and son were born. They transferred to Rammstein AFB in Germany, where they spent three years, and then returned back to John Connally AFB in Waco and served the last 12 months of his career at Westover AFB in Massachusetts.
Retiring from the Air Force in 1967, Billy went into real estate business in Austin, then later in Bryan/College Station and then to the Dallas Metroplex area where he worked for the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). He moved to Hilltop Lakes and established his real estate business, and moved back to Dallas area again with TREC and worked with a friend's real estate company. Retiring from TREC, he and Toni moved back to Hilltop Lakes where he became a broker for Wayne Warren and enjoyed playing golf as often as possible. After several years, their daughter encouraged them to move closer to her in San Antonio and they moved there in summer of 2011.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Millie Massey; a brother Derward and wife, Jackie; a brother Bobby; and a sister, Lois and husband Durwood.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Winona (Toni) Massey of San Antonio; a daughter, Judy, and husband Terry Ahern of San Antonio; a son, Randal and wife, Terry (Marquis) Massey of Atlanta; four grandsons, Christopher and David Massey and Travis and Scott Ahern; and one foster son, Roger Anderson.
Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans or to a charity of choice.