Tifton Gazette


January 21, 2014

Donald Leroy Massey

TIFTON — Donald Leroy Massey, 72, of Tifton died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at Southern Care Assisted Living. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals. The Rev. B.J. Funk will officiate with burial to follow at Oakridge Cemetery.

His pilot friends from Walker Aviation, James Walker, Clark Walker, Rick Maluda, Leon Benefield, Jason Haswell and W. E. Clements, will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be retired and active faculty and staff at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.

Mr. Massey was born on Aug. 24, 1941 in Tift County and was the son of Lester “Turk” Massey and Fannie Bryan Massey and Hazel Whittington Massey, all deceased.

He was also preceded in death by a stepbrother, Earl Rayborn Tucker. He taught math at Tift County High School for three years and retired from ABAC, where he was an associate professor in math for 30 years. Mr. Massey was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Tifton and was the Math Club advisor for several years at ABAC. He was a member of the Tift County Airport Authority and enjoyed flying. He was one of the original founders of the “River Bunch,” who he enjoyed camping and cooking with.

Mr. Massey is survived by his wife, Faye Taylor Massey of Tifton; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Becky Massey of Tifton; a daughter, Michele Massey of Tifton; and five grandchildren, Zachary Weeks, Joseph Potash, Emily Potash, Sara Beth Massey and Kip Griffin.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial gifts may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 412 First St. S.E., Moultrie, GA 31768, or the Alzheimer’s Association, SW GA Regional Office, 225 E. Second St., Tifton, GA 31794.

Condolences may be sent to the family at the online guest registry at www.bowen-donaldson.com.

Services for the Massey family are under the care and direction of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.

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