A beloved pastor from Ashville, Alabama, and his wife of 65 years died just hours apart Tuesday after a car accident that has left their community reeling in grief.
St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell told the St. Clair Times that the pastor, Ed Massey, 85, and his wife, Helen “June” Massey, 83, died after a crash that took place at 9:55 a.m. on U.S. 231 near the intersection with Old Coal City Road in Wattsville.
The husband and wife were both transported to a hospital where Helen was pronounced dead at 11:29 a.m. Tuesday while Massey was pronounced dead a few hours later at 5:25 p.m.
Alabama State Trooper Justin O’Neal told the publication that Massey was driving southbound on 231 when his car suddenly veered into the northbound lane and collided head-on with another vehicle. He speculated that the crash might have been caused by a medical issue but they were still investigating.
At First Baptist Church in Springville where Massey served as pastor for two separate terms, parishioner Donna Robinson told CBS 42 that she was saddened by the tragedy but had faith that the couple is now together with the Lord.
“They are in the arms of Jesus and they are together just like they always had been,” said Robinson.
Russell, the coroner, who called the pastor an acquaintance, told the St. Cloud Times he “was a real nice guy.”
St. Clair County Commissioner Paul Manning told the St. Clair Times that Massey was always ready to do the Lord’s work.
“He was always ready to lead people to our Creator,” Manning said. “It was a blessing to have the pleasure of knowing Mr. Ed Massey.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair