He was born in Atlanta, Oct. 2, 1930, the son of the late Richard Drew Massee, Sr., and Mary Dickson Massee. He had lived in Tiger, where he nurtured for a lifetime the apple orchard he loved, “Tiger Mountain Orchards.” He was an apple grower and farmer. He was a former mayor of Tiger (youngest mayor at that time), a board member of Rabun County Farm Bureau. He was a member of The Georgia Apple Growers Association; a member of the North American Bramble Association. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and member of the American Legion and was a member of the Clayton Baptist Church. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Joe Massee and Richard Drew Massee, Jr., and a sister, Betty Massee Allred. He is survived by his wife, Alice Lawrence Massee; three sons, James Drew Boyd (Lynn), Sterling Robert Massee (Tina), and Adam Dixon (Nicole); one stepson, Chris Lawrence; four daughters, Ouida Ann Massee, Emelyn Alice Massee (Butch), Robin Massee Watts (Skip), and Melody Massee Henderson (Tim); 17 grandchildren, Phillip, Drew, James, George, Allison, Janine, Derek, Josh, Jennifer, Chris, Heather, Zach, Zeke, Madison, Keldon, Clayton and Ava; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The body has been cremated. A memorial service was held Tuesday evening at the new Hunter Funeral Home Chapel. The family is at their respective residences.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online obituary and guest register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.