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Johnny Dale Massie

1938 - 2019
Johnny Dale Massie Obituary
MASSIE Johnny Dale, passed away from this life to our heavenly Father on August 13, 2019. He was a native of Canton, NC, a resident of Nicholasville, KY, and formerly a longtime resident of Rocky Mt., NC. His wife of 60 years, Lucy, passed away on August 11, 2019. Johnny was born to the late Ira and Golenia (Sizemore) Massie of Canton, NC on August 14, 1938. He is survived by his daughter Donna Massie of Raleigh, NC and son Dale Massie (Jean Marie McGinnis) of Lexington, KY; grandchildren John, Christian, and Elizabeth Massie of Lexington, KY; sisters Aileen (Henry) Pine of Baton Rouge, LA and Juanita (Tommy) Hill of Savannah, GA; niece AnneMarie Hill Jensen, and nephew Bryant Hill. He was preceded in death by nephews Travis and Tracy Morgan. Johnny was a graduate of Canton NC High School ('56) and Western Carolina University ('60). Johnny was captain of his high school football team and an all-region selection. He then played football at WCU. While at WCU, he met Lucy, a cheerleader for the football team. He also attended Clemson University. After college, he and Lucy started their family in Union, SC where he embarked on a long career in management in the textile industry. His career began at Milliken & Co. He subsequently worked for Indian Head Yarn (AL), Bibb Manufacturing Company (GA), and then served as division vice president for Ti-Caro Industries in Tarboro, NC. Johnny was active in youth sports. He coached football and baseball and was commissioner of the local Little League in Anniston, AL. Johnny was involved in many charitable works throughout his life. He was involved with Junior Achievement and was president of the following organizations: Toys for Tots, the Mental Health Association, Edgecombe County United Way, the Golden "K" Senior Kiwanis Club, and the West Mount Ruritan Club in Rocky Mt., NC. After moving to Nicholasville in 2018 with his wife, he was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Lexington, in his community at Brannon Gardens, and Habitat for Humanity. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren who knew him as Paps. Milward Funeral Directors are entrusted with Mr. Massie's arrangements. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, August 16 th at First United Methodist Church located at 200 W. High St., Lexington followed by a reception. A graveside service will be held at Morning Star United Methodist Church in Canton, NC on Saturday, August 24th followed by a reception. To share a remembrance of Johnny or offer condolences to his family, please visit www.milwardfuneral.com
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Aug. 15, 2019
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