Mary Jo Massengill, resident of Powell, member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church, and former resident of Campbell County, passed away peacefully in her home on August 13, 2019.

Mary Jo was born on September 16, 1941 in LaFollette, TN to ­­­­Aline Myers Perry and Henry Perry. She graduated from Jacksboro High School in 1958, and later received her degree from Tusculum College. Mary Jo went on to work for the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge, where she served for over 32 years. She was a devoted employee, but more importantly, a dedicated mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend.

Mary Jo was a generous and welcoming individual who loved her family, McDonald’s sweet tea, and anything outdoors. She was passionate about education and raised her family to strive for and attain their goals. Her selflessness, faith in God, and compassion for others was among many of the traits that she instilled in her children and modeled daily.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Aline Myers Perry of Jacksboro, father, Henry Perry, and her aunt, Mary Ridenour of Jacksboro.

Mary Jo is survived by her children, George Massengill of Knoxville, LaDonna Massengill-Booker of Clinton, and Deanna Robertson of Powell; her grandchildren, Kendall Robertson, Travis Swift, Jordan Massengill, Jake Massengill, Erica Booker, Matthew Massengill, Maggie Massengill; and her great-grandchild, Aaliyah Booker. She is also survived by her brother, Hugh Ray Perry, his wife, Phyllis Perry, and niece Tisha Perry Maxwell.

A receiving of friends is scheduled at Cross-Smith Funeral Home in LaFollette, TN at 12:00 PM on Saturday August 17th with the service to begin at 1:00 in the Chapel.  A graveside service is scheduled immediately following in Jacksboro Cemetery with Rev. Perry Duncan officiating.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mary Jo’s life.

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Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home