Loretta "Lucy" Massie

Saturday 26th of August 1939 - Sunday 11th of August 2019

Loretta "Lucy" Massie


Memorial Service

Aug 16, 2019 (11:00 am )

First United Methodist Church

200 West High Street, Lexington, KY

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Clergy Todd Nelson

Loretta Lucille “Lucy” Massie passed away from this life to our heavenly Father on August 11, 2019.  She was a resident of Nicholasville, KY and formerly a longtime resident of Rocky Mt., NC.  

Her husband of 60 years, Johnny, passed away on August 13, 2019. She was born to the late Russell and Elsie (Buff) Bivens of Rutherford College, NC on August 26, 1939 in Concord, NC. She is survived by her daughter Donna Massie of Raleigh, NC; son Dale Massie (Jean Marie McGinnis) of Lexington, KY; grandchildren John, Christian, and Elizabeth Massie of Lexington, KY; sister Maxine Robinson of Huntersville, NC; and brother Gary Bivens of Morganton, NC; nieces Charlotte Covill, Christina Squires, and Charlene Robinson; nephews Robert Flynn and Michael Flynn.  She was preceded in death by her sisters, Carolyn Williford and Frances Flynn.


Lucy was a graduate of Valdese NC High School (’57) then attended Western Carolina where she met her husband.  She served for 33 years in healthcare administration at Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta, Wallace Thomson Hospital in Union, SC, and Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mt., NC. She chaired the Director of Volunteer Services Tri State Convention (NC, VA, WVA) and was involved in the Luncheon Pilot Club, including serving as president. She was active in numerous local charities and healthcare boards throughout her life and she was active in local-level politics for the Republican Party in NC. After moving to Lexington, KY in 2018 with her husband, she was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Lexington, active in her community at Brannon Gardens, and a dedicated volunteer at Baptist Health.

For decades, she was an avid bowler at the local, state, and national level and was an all-city bowler many times.

But, her true love was spending time with her family and grandchildren who knew her as Nana.

Milward Funeral Directors are entrusted with Mrs. Massie’s arrangements. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, August 16th 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 Community Cemetery in Canton, NC on Saturday, August 24th followed by a reception.

Memorials in Lucy’s memory may be made to the Luncheon Pilot Club of Rocky Mount, P.O. Box 8733, Rocky Mt., NC 27804. To share a remembrance of Lucy of offer condolences to her family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.

Guest Book

Virginia Fryar


I was very saddened to hear the news about Lucy and Johnny. Lucy and I were neighbors and friends when we lived in Rutherford College, NC. Many fond memories of Lucy and her siblings. My heart goes out to each family member - God bless each of you. I have been remembering you in my prayers.

3 days ago

Julie Brown


Dale, Donna, and family. I was blessed to know your Mother when she and your Dad lived in Rocky Mount. I'm proud to say that she was a friend of mine. Lucy was one of the most beautiful women I've ever met inside and out. She was so precious. My deepest sympathies to all of you. My prayers are with you all.

4 days ago

Debbie Wenzel


My most heart felt condolences to all the Massie family. What wonderful parents you had! I worked with Lucy at the hospital, and bowled many years with both Lucy and Johnny here in Rocky Mount. I'm sure the next time I hear thunder up there, I know Lucy and Johnny will be rolling strikes!! God speed, my friends!!

6 days ago

Mary Smoot


Dale and family, May God comfort you during this time of sudden loss of your dear parents. We pray that the Holy Spirit will give you strength to get through this time. We are so sorry for this tragedy to your family. We were unable to attend the service honoring their lives. We will continue to pray for you and your family.

6 days ago

Bernadette Genetin


Dale, Jean Marie, and family, We send our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your mother, father, and beloved grandparents. We know that you have many lasting memories of happy times together and hope that you can celebrate their wonderful lives as you also mourn. What remarkable, vibrant lives they lived -- loving and devoted grandparents and also reaching out to touch so many lives over so many years in their service to the communities in which they lived. May your belief in the resurrection and the knowledge that your parents are happy together be a comfort. "For those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31. All our love, Bernie, Jackie, Don, and families

1 week ago

David Graham


Dale, I am sorry for your loss. My family is praying for you and your family.

1 week ago