Anthony Fredrick "Tony" Massinople, 66, died peacefully at his home in Hayes, Va., on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, after a long illness.
Anthony was a native of Beckley, W.Va., and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He earned a degree in Economics from West Virginia University graduating in 1967. He then proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, First Air Cavalry Division, in Vietnam. In honor of Anthony’s heroism and courage under fire, he was awarded two Bronze Star Medals. Additional recognition includes the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Air Commendation Medal.
While attending Woodrow Wilson he was a standout baseball player. He also captained the 1962 track team and was the state champion of the 440-yard event.
In 1981 he married Barbara Lynn Cornelsen of Wellington, Kan. They settled in Bailey, Colo., where Anthony was a self-employed remodeling contractor. In 2002 they relocated to Hayes in Gloucester County, located near historic Yorktown.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles A. Massinople.
He is survived by wife, Barbara Lynn Massinople; mother, Charlotte Massinople; sisters, Mary Grace Johnson and husband Parke, Alicia Scott and husband Rick; brothers, Marion "Mike" Massinople and wife Kathleen "Kitty," Charles Massinople and wife Wilma, and John Massinople, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services will be held at a later date in Beckley, W.Va. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
In Anthony’s memory, contributions may be made to Riverside Walter Reed Hospice, P.O. Box 1130, Gloucester, Va. 23061.