Violete Massey, age 93, of Plant City, FL passed away on December 21, 2021.
Violete Sutton McIntosh Strine Massey was born to Rev. Charles A. Sutton and Loretta Clifton Sutton. She is preceded in death by her siblings: Lorraine Sutton, Charles Jr. Sutton, Clifford Sutton, Evelyn Sutton Doyle, and Claudia Sutton Griffis.
Growing up days were hard due to depression years. She loved her family with her most favorite thing was going to her grandmother Clifton's house. At the age of 16, she married Joseph Lee McIntosh, they lived together for 25 years on January 31st, 1969, and he died February 19th. She would marry two more times only to outlive them too.
Violete & Joe McIntosh had one daughter, Helen Fern McIntosh, she married John Proctor Leitner lll, and gave Violete two grandchildren: Lea Anne: Leitner Beahn and John Joseph Leitner,and his wife Patricia and great grandchildren from Lea Anne: Christopher Phillip and Courtney Elizabeth Beahn, and from Joseph: Joseph Patrick and Joanna Madison Leitner
Violete was very much a hard-working woman and active in her community. She was a vegetable farmer, cattle rancher, orange groves and worked at the Livestock Cattle Auction. She was the cook at Bethany Baptist Church Preschool, she also worked as a receptionist for Attorney James Redman.
She was a past member of: Knight's Ladies Home Demonstration Club, Knight's PTA, Eastern Star, Plant City Garden Club, Professional Businesswomen, Plant City Women's Club, Democratic Women's Club, United Daughters of Confederacy, Daughters of American Revolution, Plant City Community Ladies Bible Study, Plant City Cornerstone Group. She Volunteered to be Chairman of booth at the Strawberry Festival for years and loved being involved in the parades.
She hosted events at her ranch consisting of cane syrup grindings, fish fry's, barbecues, hayrides, you pick vegetables, church gatherings, preschool groups, elementary & high groups, family reunions, groups of little widowed ladies.
Her father Charles A. Sutton, grandfather Owen Edgar Sutton, and great grandfather Andrew Jackson Sutton were all Baptist preachers. Violete accepted Christ at a tent revival led by her father and uncle Rev. Hubert Combee when she was a young girl. She moved membership from Knights Baptist Church in 1985 to the First Baptist Church where she was for 57 years, then she moved her membership to Shiloh Baptist Church September 6, 2015. She played a major role in saving the 1923 building of First Baptist Church. She worked on the restoration projects and applying for funding. To the glory of our Lord, that building remains a Church that is still spreading the word of God.
She traveled all the states in the USA and hunted in Alaska with a niece. She was in attendance of the luncheon at Tampa International Inn for President John F. Kennedy, on Tuesday before his assassination on Thursday in Dallas Texas in 1963. In 1965 she attended the Presidential Inauguration and Ball for President Lyndon B. Johnson.
She researched her genealogy back to revolutionary times 1700's. She was the recipient of Florida Pioneer Certificate proving direct descendant of grandparents in Florida before it became a state in 1845.
She enjoyed gospel music and traveled everywhere to see the Gaither Gospel sing.
Over the years she has had a lot of friends, she had God given gifts of hospitality and serving others. She was a caring, loving, sharing kindness and spreading "sonshine". She started a group of Widowed Ladies to go out to eat and gather together at one of their homes to play cards, they brought snacks to share, they shared their blessings and prayed over prayer request, and they ministered to each other. This group grew from 4 people to 25 overtime. Violete was known for saying "I want to be a blessing to someone every day!"
Over the years, people have shared the spiritual qualities that she shared with them in word of mouth and in card form. It is evident that she was a servant to our Lord!
Our family has had the opportunity to establish a home place of 545 acres. My grandfather Lewis McIntosh came to Hillsborough County in 1914 to Dover to visit a brother-in-law after the death of his wife. He purchased 5 acres (where we live), one day and deeded it to my dad Joe McIntosh, Rubye McIntosh Wright and Sim McIntosh the next day. When my dad came out of the Navy in 1929, he purchased the interest of Sim and Rubye, and over the years he added adjoining pieces of land. This property had road frontage on Joe McIntosh Road (named after my dad) State Road 39, Knights Griffin Road, and Williams Road. After my father's death, my mom, husband and myself maintained the land. We sold some pieces along the way, but we were able to keep 364 acres until the city/county/state could purchase it. It was sold at a sacrifice to be "a park for the people." It is open to the public, there are also several projects in the making that will purify reclaimed water and storm water. They are going to pump restored water back into the aquifer. Some water flows back into the east canal that runs into the headwaters of the Hillsborough River. This will improve our water supply, there will be lots of nature trails that lets you enjoy natural beauty and wildlife. All of this is to be a real asset for our community.
God has blessed us in many ways on our journey through life, with all the struggles in life, God has always been there to see us through. Blessings of the scarlet thread have passed down through generations. One thing for sure, Violete wants you to accept Jesus and spread his Sonshine.
The family will receive friends, Thursday January 6, 2022 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm, and Funeral services will follow at Shiloh Baptist Church.
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