CHILLICOTHE — William "Bill" Massie, age 86, of Chillicothe, formerly of Portsmouth, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Adena Hospital, Chillicothe.
He was born July 20, 1927, in Waycross, Georgia, to Irene Jennings and William J. Massie and raised by his loving and devoted grandparents, John Norman Massie and Lillie Belle Jennings Massie who William lovingly called Mom.
While attending Mabert Road Baptist Church, he met the love of his life, Mabel Isabel Staples. They were married June 30, 1951 in Wheelersburg, Ohio, and spent 57 years together until Mabel's passing in 2008.
William worked for the Norfolk and Western Railroad (now Norfolk Southern) from 1945 to 1982, starting out as a messenger and working his way up. When he retired he was an Assistant General Yardmaster in Portsmouth. During his years on the railroad he was most proud of participating in yarding the Longest Train that was in the Guinness Book of World Records. He also worked through the "Strike of 1978". He is recorded in a book of the same name written by Robert E. Bedingfield as not only performing his regular duties, but also acted as a Yard Engineer, Switch Tender and Weigh Master to help keep the trains running.
He was a WWII Navy Veteran, enlisting at age 17 and serving in the Philippine Islands. He also served four years in the US Naval Reserve in Portsmouth.
In addition to his wife, parents and grandparents, William was predeceased by sisters, Alice Irene Phalor Saleh of Mansfield, Ohio, Norma Iolene (Patrick) Massie Mitchell of Portsmouth, Opal Juanita (William) Massie Hartman of Willowick, Ohio; and brother, George William (Helen) Massie of Wheelersburg.
Surviving him are four children, Deborah Dawn (Alan) Massie Bunovsky of Chillicothe, Lillian Norma (Paul) Massie Armogum of Anderson, Indiana, Annetta Louise Massie of Columbus, and William Norman (Carrie) Massie of Portsmouth; one brother, Harold Norman (Margaret Joan) Phalor; six grandchildren, Robert Michael (Connie) Willis of Hickory, N.C., Matthew Scott Willis of Chillicothe, Jonathan (Amanda) Armogum of Alexandria, Ind., Joshua Armogum of Noblesville, Ind., William Levi Ousley of Wellston, Ohio, and Latisha Nicole Eaton of Lexington, Ky.; and five great-grandchildren, Kaylen, Jordan, Adrienne, Tristan and Preston Armogum of Alexandria, Ind.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. at the First Church of God, 3920 Gallia St., New Boston, on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, with Pastor Greg Pennington officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Burial Park in Wheelersburg.
Friends may call at F.C. Daehler Mortuary Company, 915 9th St., Portsmouth, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Masonic services will be held 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Honor Detail of James Dickey Post 23 American Legion.
Memorial donations may be made in William's name to the first Church of God, 3920 Gallia St., New Boston, Ohio 45662.