John Clinton Massey, 96

John Clinton Massey, 96, passed away on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. He was born May 1, 1923, in Willards, Md., to the late Clinton and Wilsie J. Massey.

Massey was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a 33rd-degree Mason; a 60-year member of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Maryland Jephthah Lodge 222; and a member of Mariners Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View, Del.

Prior to retirement, he owned the Harbor View Motel and Harbor Lights restaurant near Bethany Beach.

Massey was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Mary Alice Arbeene and Margaret Ann Massey; and a brother, Calvin J. Massey and his wife, Audrey. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Alice L. Massey; two grandsons, Jon Paul Arbeene and wife, Catrina, and Christopher Lee Arbeene and his wife, Crystal; a son-in-law, Paul Arbeene and his wife, Sharon; several great-grandchildren; a great-great grandson; and his nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., with viewing starting at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road, Ocean View, Del. Interment will follow at Mariners Bethel U.M.C. Cemetery, 81 Central Avenue, Ocean View, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Mariners Bethel U.M.C. Building Fund; 81 Central Ave.; Ocean View, DE 19970. Condolences may be sent online at