Monday, March 20, 2017

Morris Massey

Morris Massey, 96, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the Winston Medical Center Hospital in Louisville, Mississippi. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 21, 2017, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Nowell Massey Funeral Home in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Evergreen Baptist Church with Rev. Justin Wilcher officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery.

Morris was born April 4, 1920, in Winston County, Mississippi, to Silas and Mary Jane Upchurch Massey. He was a dedicated member of Evergreen Baptist Church where he served in various positions including Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, and deacon for more than 30 years. During his working career, he was also known as a talented carpenter. He answered the call of his country by serving in the United States Navy on several vessels and stations during his years of service in World War II. He was on the USS Walke when it was sunk by a Japanese torpedo at the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Morris is survived by his daughters, Connie Faye Buggs and husband, Benny, of Newton, Mississippi; and Sandra Lou Morgan and husband, Billy, of McCool, Mississippi. He is also survived by his sister, Lena Boatner of Oxford, Mississippi; and his brother, James Massey, of Clarksdale, Mississippi. One of his greatest joys was being “Papaw and Grandpa” to his three grandchildren: Valerie Prince and husband, Philip; Waylon Miller and wife, Kelli; and Chance Massey. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren: Miriam, Samuel, Sarah, and Andrew Prince; and D.-J. Reynolds. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Massey; son, Charlie Ray Massey; his parents; two brothers, Robert and Roy Massey; and his sister, Margaret Barton.

Serving as pallbearers are Mike Bouchillon, Daniel Cole, Shannon Cole, Dillon Landry, Philip Prince, and Andrew Ratcliff. Memorial contributions in honor of Morris may be given to French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745 or to The Baptist Children's Village, P. O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060-0027.

Services are under the direction of Nowell Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at