Clyde Jackson Masengale, 92, of Williamsburg, Virginia passed away peacefully on November 6, 2023, surrounded by his family. Clyde was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to many.
He was born in Dayton, Tennessee on August 20, 1931. After his service in the United States Air Force, Clyde began his 37 year career in the Civil Service, Department of Defense – stationed at Suffolk County Air Force Base, Riverhead, New York. It is there that he met Joan Marie Moran who would become his loving wife of 68 years. In 1966, Clyde and Joan with their two young sons relocated to Williamsburg, Virginia where Clyde continued his Civil Service at Cheatham Annex Naval Base. Williamsburg became and remained their hometown. Clyde continued his work as a contract consultant for ten years following his retirement from Civil Service. Community service was one of Clyde’s passions, and he was an active member of the Williamsburg Lions Club for 50 years. We wish we could tell you how much fun he had with his fellow Lions but we’ve been sworn to secrecy.
Clyde always enjoyed interacting with his family and friends and traveling with his wife and sons. Family reunions in Tennessee and New York were an annual ritual. He remained very close with all of his brothers and sisters until he was too weak to talk. His last visit to Tennessee was just 3 weeks ago to see everyone and he enjoyed every minute. He remained mostly independent at home and driving wherever he wanted to go, but he greatly missed his wife.
He loved to go out to breakfast and dinner with whomever was available. His breakfast orders were memorable and always included biscuits and gravy among 5 or 6 other items. That may be a Tennessee thing. There’s more than a few local restaurants that will miss seeing him come through the door.
He loved life and having fun! His wit was legendary and passed to his sons and grandchildren who plan to run with it. He was one of a kind.
In addition to his parents, Fannie Mae and Grover Masengale, and wife Joan Marie Masengale, he was predeceased by his sister Clovella (Koke) King, and his brother Gerald Masengale.
Mr. Masengale is survived by his son Michael C. Masengale (daughter-in-law Marsha), his son Mark A. Masengale (daughter-in-law Candace), granddaughter Lauren Kinne (her husband Adam Kinne), granddaughter Charlotte Masengale, great-granddaughter Ava Kinne, his sisters Rosetta (Rosie) Purser and Linda Shaver, and his brothers Raymond Masengale, Ronald Masengale (Dianna), and his sister-in-law Faye Masengale and many nephews and nieces.
A private family memorial will be held at a later date.
The family requests that any gifts or donations be directed to The Williamsburg Chapter of The Lions Club.