Commie Paul Massey
On the evening of November 26th, Commie Paul Massey passed away peacefully at the Asbury Hospice House in Hattiesburg, MS. Internment as well as a private family graveside service will be held on December 8th at Macedonia Baptist Church in Petal, MS.
Paul Massey was born in New Orleans, LA on November 25, 1936. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Commie V. Massey and Fannie Alden Massey, brothers George Earnest, Newell, and Tommie Massey, sister Lorene Moore and son-in-law Herschel Shattles. He is survived by daughter Elizabeth Shattles, daughter Aaryanne Preusch and husband Rick, son Clayton Massey, and daughter Katherine Woodard and husband Kirk. Paul is further survived by grandchildren Wesley Preusch, Megan Preusch Legrand and husband Tyler Legrand, Evan Preusch, Lex McCarthy, and Ava Woodard as well as two great-grandchildren; Colton Preusch and Harper Legrand. Paul is survived by two brothers; Perry Massey and Arnold Ray Massey and two sisters; Faye Massey and Irma Massey Davis as well as many nieces and nephews.
Paul graduated from Petal High School, Petal, MS in 1955. He attended Mississippi College in Clinton, MS where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology in 1959. Paul began his career in Christian ministry and served as the pastor of Estabutchie Baptist Church of Jones County, MS from 1959 to 1963. While serving as pastor, Paul attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary from 1961 to 1962. After his ministerial studies, Paul entered the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS (“USM”) where he earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling in 1964. From 1964 through 1976, Paul served as a Professor of Counseling at USM. While teaching at USM, Paul earned a doctorate in Counseling and Psychology in 1972.
In 1976, Paul moved to Columbia, SC where he served as a Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of South Carolina. He returned to Mississippi in 1980 to become a Professor of Counseling Psychology, Division of Nursing, at Alcorn State University, Natchez, MS where he remained until 1988. In 1989, Paul left the world of higher education and moved to Atlanta, GA where he entered private practice as a consultant in the field of workers compensation counseling and work re-entry training. In 1999, Paul returned to the Hattiesburg area where he could spend his retirement years close to home.
Paul is best remembered as a kind and gentle man. He loved all sports, especially golf, and enjoyed the outdoors and passed down many camping supplies to his children and grandchildren. Paul’s family would like to express their deep appreciation for the care and support from the employees of Forrest General Hospital and Asbury Hospice House who cared for him. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation - Asbury Hospice House, P.O. Box 19010, Hattiesburg, MS 39404.