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Paul N. Massey

Paul Nelson Massey, 82, of Providence Forge died February 17, 2009.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William S. and Blanche Milby Massey; three brothers, Hersey, Ashley and Samuel Massey; and three sisters, Ethlyn Moore, Gladys Rodgers and Frances Ohlson.

Paul Nelson Massey
Mr. Massey was a member of West Point United Methodist Church where he served on several committees.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Florence Thomas Massey; his daughter, Carol M. Didlake, and son-in-law, W.T. (Bill); two grandchildren, Tommy Didlake and his wife Kathy, and Cindy Turner and her husband Andy; six great-grandchildren, Brady and Lauren Didlake, Emily, Savannah, Kayley and Lyndsey Turner, all of Mechanicsville; two sisters, Ruth Jenkins of West Point, and Marie Malcomb of Richmond; a brother, Albert Massey of Staunton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Massey was a native of King and Queen County, where he was raised with his 10 brothers and sisters. He served in the U.S. Army and was a Ruritan. He was a devoted supporter of the College of William & Mary and their athletic departments. In 2007 he was made an Honorary Alumnus of the college, which he cherished greatly.

Mr. Massey was employed by Whitmore Chevrolet and Taylor & Harrison Chevrolet for a total of 50 years. During his career, he earned the Legions of Leaders award for selling passenger cars in the district. It is estimated that he sold over 13,500 vehicles during his career.

Funeral services were held on Friday at West Point United Methodist Church with interment following in Beulah Wesleyan Cemetery, Saluda.

Memorial gifts may be made to the West Point United Methodist Church-Building Fund, P.O. Box 610, West Point, VA 23181, or to the Hospice House & Support Care, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

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posted 02.23.2009

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