Thomas Neely Massey Jr.
1930 - 2020
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Dr. Thomas Neely Massey, Jr., 89, died on Sunday, March 8, 2020 in his home in Charlotte. He was born on June 13, 1930, in Waxhaw, NC, son of Thomas Neely Massey and Laura McMurray Massey. After high school, he went on to receive his bachelor's degree from Presbyterian College, graduating magna cum laude in 1951. His medical education continued at Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University. He received his MD degree in 1955 with honors including chief medical resident in internal medicine and membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. After interning at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania, Dr. Massey served as a captain in the US Army Medical Corps in both Japan and Korea. Upon returning from the Far East, Tom began a residency in internal medicine at North Carolina Baptist Hospital, in Winston Salem, followed by a fellowship in cardiology at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

While a resident at Baptist Hospital, he met and married, Renna McNair, with whom he would share over 60 years of marriage. In 1961, he began his medical practice at the Travis Medical Clinic, later known as First Charlotte Physicians, having a long association with Presbyterian Hospital. He was extremely privileged to have practiced the art and science of medicine for 59 years, grateful to his patients, hospital staff, nurses and fellow physicians for their loyalty and friendship. He was blessed to be involved in the lives of his patients. Tom was the first director of the coronary unit at both Mercy and Presbyterian Hospitals with a special interest in non-invasive cardiology. Honors included fellowships in the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Cardiology Physicians. He was president of North Carolina Society of Internal Medicine and the Charlotte Chapter of the American Heart Association. Upon retirement from full time practice, he worked with Novant Health's cardiac rehab program and in clinics for the homeless and disabled.

Tom's Christian faith was very important to him. He loved his church and was an active elder at First Presbyterian Church for many years and served as a delegate to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church on two occasions. He had the privilege of sharing his faith with others while teaching Sunday School, and on mission trips to Kenya, Mexico, Venezuela and Haiti.

Tom also enjoyed many activities with his family including camping in the North Carolina mountains, national parks throughout the country and spending summers at Camp Seagull as their camp physician. Outdoor photography, especially landscape and bird photography, and gardening were his pride and joy.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his son, Will Massey, his sister, Marion Yearwood and his brother, Carl Massey. He is survived by his wife, Renna; two sons, Tom Massey III and his wife, Elise of Raleigh, NC and David Massey and his wife, Lauren of Nashville, TN; a daughter, Kathryn Sweitzer and her husband, Sam of Atlanta, GA. Also surviving are grandchildren, Walter Wilder and Neely Massey; Anna Kathryn, Parker, Claire and Ashley Massey; Anna and Kate Sweitzer; Clayton Massey, and Luke Massey and Madison Brennan and their daughter, Rose.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 PM on Friday, March 13, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow in the Wood Fellowship Hall at the church.

Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 200 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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Published in Charlotte Observer on Mar. 11, 2020.
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March 21, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. My mom, Melba Luther, treasured working for him at Travis. Wonderful Dr. and man. God Bless.
Ann Perry
March 19, 2020
Dear family. I worked at Travis Clinic with Dr. Massey for 5 years after finishing nursing school at Presbyterian Hosp. He was such a special friend and doctor. Wonderful memories. God be with you all and grant you needed comfort. Love.
Judy Freeman
March 12, 2020
Dr. Massey was our family doctor for many years. He was a very caring and conciencious professional as well as his life outside the office. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. Our deepest sympathy to his family for their loss.
Frank and Shirley Clontz
March 12, 2020
I'm very sorry to hear of Dr. Massy's passing. He was my first real doctor, one who understood 'Post Polio Syndrome' and helped me for many years as my primary doctor as well as my wife's. He will be greatly missed by both my wife and I as well as many throughout the Charlotte and Boone Area. He was a wonderful person and a great doctor.
Frank Clontz
March 12, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Miss seeing you around Charlotte.
David Bailey
March 11, 2020
I had the benefit of being a patient of Dr. Massey when I located to Charlotte years ago. So sorry for your loss. God Bless.
Steve Ashley
March 11, 2020
Dearest Renna,

Our entire family grieves the loss of this wonderful man who we adored. We loved him and love your family beyond adequate words to express it. May you all feel God upholding you during these difficult days. Scott and Scottie
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