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Reaction to the Passing of Jim Massey

Facebook exploded today with sympathies and remembrances as the word of Jim’s passing made its way across the web. I thought it would be nice to share some of them here:

Jim Massey

“Just heard that Jim Massey left us. What a wonderful friend he was. My prayers go out to OK City and of course to dear Marcia and the family. From the first hello, to the last goodbye…”
– Tori Postma


“RiverSong sends our deepest sympathies to Marcia Massey & the Oklahoma City Chorus. Jim was the quintessential entertainer and an inspirational mentor for so many.”
– RiverSong Chorus


“Jim Massey was such an inspiration to so many of us as performers, directors, quartet singers, and audience members. Those of us who were lucky enough to have him as a regular part of our lives were particularly blessed, as we got to see him with all of his many families. There was never a doubt that Jim loved and was dedicated to Marcia and his children. Jim adored his family and you could see it in his face every time you asked him anything about them. 

There was also his chorus family, with whom he shared that fantastic creative musical and theatrical process over the years and which garnered so much of our respect as performers. You can’t forget his quartet family either, yet another avenue for that creativity and all-encompassing love. There was also his regional family, to whom he was ever gracious and giving — teaching, coaching, nurturing, mentoring, whatever it took to let all of us know that we were also a part of the family. 

Surely he is in a better place and that engaging smile is back on his face just as we remember it. We are certainly better for having known him. He has left a lasting legacy we will continue to see on our stages for decades to come. Thank you, Jim for being you!”
– Peggy Gram


“My heart is heavy today. Jim Massey was a mentor, friend and leader to me and Barbershoppers all over the world. I am so glad I was able to see him recently and give him a hug and kiss. Thankfully his four children were all able to be with him as he passed. 
Please pray for the family and especially for Marcia as she is also dealing with her own health issues.”
– Judy Moore


“Very very sad to hear of the loss of Jim Massey. One of my heroes and the main reason GHG achieved what we did. We will miss you Jim.”
– Kipp Buckner


“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Massey family and the OK City Chorus.”
– Ozark Showcase Chorus


“The Gas House Gang is very sad to learn of the death of our great coach and dear friend Jim Massey. Jim was the MAIN coach for the GHG all through our decades together. He was instrumental in us finding our personality and direction as a quartet. God bless you Jim, we love you.”
– The Gas House Gang


“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Massey family and the OK City Chorus. He will be missed!!”
– Millennium Magic Chorus


“We are saddened to hear of the loss of the legendary director of the OK City Chorus, Jim Massey. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Marcia and the entire Massey family.”
– Harborlites Chorus


“RIP Jim Massey! You will definitely be missed by all of the SAI community. Our thoughts go out to his family.”
– Velvet Hills Chorus


“Love and prayers to Marcia and family…Such an amazing human being and wonderfully talented musician…hugs to all”
– Bonnie Fedyski


“So sorry to hear this news! Jim was a very special friend, entertainer, coach, director and quartet singer. Lots of fond memories! He will indeed be missed. Sympathy to his family and many friends!”
– Portia Little


“We first met in 1972 and no matter where and when whenever we met he always had a warm smile and a firm handshake RIP my friend”
– Robert Childs


“Today OK City Chorus lost our former director and dear friend, Jim Massey. His unique style is legendary in the barbershop world. He sang, coached, judged, and made friends all over the globe. We will miss him terribly. Please keep Marcia and the Massey family in your prayers.”
– Mary Rhea


“We are saddened by the loss of Jim Massey, former director of the OK City Chorus. He meant so much to all of us in Region 25 and in the barbershop world. Our prayers are with Marcia and the rest of the Massey family.”
– Rich-Tone Chorus


“Saddened at the loss of this barbershop legend and gentleman. Peace and rest to Jim as he joins the Heavenly Choir. Love and prayers to Marcia and family and to all who knew him.”
– Bon Pressley


  1. What a lovely collection! Thanks, BH.com, for putting them all together. It’s a wonderful tribute to a man who was important to many in the BBS world.

  2. A lucky thing was to be able to teach, coach and judge along side Jim for many decades. I learned an awful lot from Jim’s counsel and example. Years ago Jim and I were in sales… me with State Farm and Jim with Haggar. He struggled about leaving Haggar for a life of music and academia. He said many times… that was the 2nd best decision of my life. I always guessed that Marcia was the first.

  3. How blessed we are to have Jim as a friend and teacher. Jim taught us much more than music. By example he taught us how to be gracious in all situations. He gave us confidence and personal growth. We love you, Jim. I remember the best advice you ever gave me. SING TO THE OVERTONE.

  4. Audra Thompson

    Jim will forever be special to me because he was my first director in the Sweet Adeline organization. He was always positive, encouraging, and had a smile or hug to give away. During my first year in the OK City Chorus (2003), Jim named me “Rookie of the Year,” and I still have the original certificate, with his signature, housed in the original frame to remind me of his unwavering drive to see his chorus and chorus members succeed in making beautiful music…I’m so grateful to Jim and Marcia for passing their passion for Barbershop harmony on to me and countless others around the world. What a blessing you both have been…

  5. I am so blessed to have performed with Jim as my director for many years. I can’t begin to list all I learned from Jim through the years, but so grateful for the opportunity. Thank you to Marcia and family for sharing this talented man with a second family – the OKCity Chorus! I will dearly miss him and am praying for and wishing Marcia, God’s speed in her recovery. Looking forward to becoming a member of that heavenly choir he is now directing.

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