Ruby Renea Massenburg

Born on January 23, 1959

Departed on October 3, 2019 and resided in White House, TN

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Ruby Renea Massenburg, October 3, 2019, age 60 of White House. Born in Clarksville, TN, she was preceded in death by her father, Benjamin Darden and brother Jimmy Darden. She is survived by her mother, Nannie Lee Darden; husband Samuel Massenburg; son, Benjamin (Beth) Britt; daughter, Sara (Aaron) Hendrick; grandchildren, Makaela Britt and Madelyn Britt; sister, Barbara (Bobby) Hook. Visitation will be at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, White House Tuesday October 8 from 4-8 pm. Private funeral service will be held at a later date.

6 Comments to Ruby Renea Massenburg

  1. Melissa Beck (Missie)
    October 4, 2019 8:38 pm

    Sam, Ben and Sara,
    I am deeply saddened to hear Aunt Renea is gone. I will miss our long and sometimes even longer phone conversations. It’s rare these days for someone to call just to talk and catch up. I love how she made it her personal mission to be sure everyone she was close to got a birthday card on their birthday. My whole life she has been someone I could tell anything to and not be judged. She might tell me I was wrong but didn’t hold it against me. Some of my favorite memories is when she came to visit me for my college graduation and we stayed up super late being silly. Just 2 years ago, the visit after Thanksgiving. McKenna and Gavin still talk about the Farris wheel ride, that I was too chicken to go on but Sam and Aunt Renea were up for the challenge. It’s sad that it takes losing someone so sudden to make you stop, recollect and appreciate even the smallest attributions a person made in your life. Love you all.

  2. Genell Holloway
    October 4, 2019 10:41 pm

    I’m so sorry to learn about Renea. My heart hurts especially for Aunt Nannie Lou and Barbara. Covering all of you in our prayers. Love you all.

  3. Wanda Atkins
    October 6, 2019 4:53 am

    Renea was only nine when Jimmy and I married she became the little sister I never had. I so appreciated how she always kept in touch with me even years after our divorce. She will be missed. My love to Sam,Sara,and Ben.

  4. Bart Morris
    October 6, 2019 8:47 am

    So sorry to hear about Renea. We grew up just a couple of streets apart and have known each other all our lives. As life always gets in the way we didn’t hear from each other for a long time but we did get to reconnect for our 40th high school reunion. What a joy to chat and laugh with Renea and what a pleasure to get to know Sam. She was looking forward to the 45th class reunion on the cruise ship. This should teach us to be sure and reach out to those you love as often as you can. You just never know if it will be the last time.

    Sam, you are in our hearts and in our prayers. Reach out to us if you need anything. ANYTHING. Love and prayers to all her family.

  5. Tammy Wallace
    October 6, 2019 2:41 pm

    I remember the first time I met Renea ~ We sat next to each other at Byrns Darden Elem School for 2nd grade. We continued to stay friends from that moment on and kept in touch some thur the yrs. But not as often as we should have. I always considered her a dear friend and I will truly miss her very much ~ I’m sorry I didn’t get to talk with her before she passed away. I suppose that will always be a huge regret for me. I just always thought we had more time to connect. May she RIP ~ Prayers are lifted up to the family. I am so sorry for your loss of this wonderful soul <3 I love you Renea ~ God Bless you my friend.

  6. Cary Vielhauer
    October 9, 2019 8:21 pm

    I met Sam in the early ’80s. Eventually we became friends fishing, going to car races, backpacking around the wilds of Tennessee. A couple of years later I met Renea. Sam and Renea were already a couple destined to spend the rest of their lives together. In the spring of ’86 at Falls Creek Falls, I was there taking pictures of their wedding. From there life took them and I on some different paths. Sara was born. Young Ben growing up. Remember playing around the house with him before they were married. In ’91 I got married. Renea and Sam moved to his job in New Mexico and they welcomed me and my bride to Rui Riodoso where they had a ‘cabin’ reserved for us for the weekend for the start of our honeymoon. They continued as ‘tour guides’ for us to Silver City, White Sands, and some ancient Indian ruins. Trip of a life time for sure! Our good friends thinking and taking care of us. Sharing. I became a father. Our off time was getting filled with a growing family but we stayed in touch. Over the last 15 plus years as family, we have camped together, vacationed together, shared many meals, laughed and cried together. Here is I really became to know Renea. She cared. She gave. And I mean till it hurt them. She was always there for ya. Renea was extraordinary and passed way too soon. The hurt flows down my cheeks, and my eternal love goes to her family, as they are my family. She is and will be my caring friend, Forever. May God Bless you Nightingale.

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