Johnny Dale Massie

Sunday 14th of August 1938 - Tuesday 13th of August 2019

Johnny Dale 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

Johnny Dale Massie 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 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.

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Julie Brown


Dale, Donna, and family. Words cannot express how sorry I am over your Dad's passing. I had the pleasure of knowing Johnny in Rocky Mount. I was so glad to call him a friend. Your Dad was a wonderful man. So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.

10 months ago

Ray and Paulette Bolin


Dale and Donna we are very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. I worked with Lucy for years at Nash General Hospital. We also bowled with them on the Nash General Bowling team. They were very excited about moving to Kentucky. Just know that they loved both of you very much.

10 months ago

James & Sherry Strickland - Rocky Mount, NC


Our thoughts are prayers are with you all during this very difficult and sad time. We had the pleasure of spending time with both Johnny and Lucy over many years and more often during 2018. They will be missed and we will forever cherish our memories. James & Sherry Strickland

11 months ago

Sam massie


Dale, Donna, I'm heartbroken about Johnny and Lucy. I cant begin to know how you feel. God bless all of you. Johnny was not just my cousin but he was my fishing partner and so was Lucy. I'm glad we had some good times over the last few years. I will see you in Canton for the service along with my sisters and brother. Sam

11 months ago

Tom and Billie Arnold


We have been so saddened! It was great to get to know Johnny and Lucy in our condo community and work with him as he served as a Board member and worked with the Grounds Committee. We hope to attend the service if Tom is able after a procedure tomorrow morning. Please know that in any case we are thinking of you and sending up prayers.

11 months ago