James Dale Massey

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Arden ~ James Dale Massey, 65, of Woodmere Road in Arden, died on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 in Mission Hospitals Memorial Campus. He was born in Haywood County and grew up in Waynesville. Mr. Massey was the son of the late Zack L. and Claire Vines Massey and was preceded in death by his half sister, Juanita Rivers. Dale was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked for many years as a pharmacist. He was a member of Arden Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife of thirty-six years, Donna Cobb Massey of Arden; two daughters, Lori Massey of Arden and Jennifer Hare and husband Nathaniel of Fletcher; two grandchildren, Madeline and Mason Hare; a brother, Milton Massey and wife Cynthia of Mills River; mother-in-law, Ruth Cobb of Hendersonville; several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road with Rev. Joseph Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Hendersonville. The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. on Friday prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216 Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.

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  1. J.Dale Massey aka Sparky. How I am going to miss you so. You have always been such a pleasure and joy to me and my family. Not only as one of the best RPh I know but just being you, an amazing photographer and friend. My heart goes out to your family..know we are keeping you all in our prayers. Lots of love..Brandi Franklin Laughter aka Sparkette

  2. I worked with Dale at Ingles since I began in 2004. I MUST work this Friday,at another pharmacy, or I would pay my respects.I will always remember him as a kind friend to me.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We both worked with Dale at Ingles. He was such a kind, sincere, and pleasant person. He will be greatly missed by all his co-workers. May God hold you close at this difficult time.

  4. Jennifer & Nat I am sorry for your loss. You guys and your family are in our prayers. We love you all very much and are here if you need us.

  5. Having known and worked with Dale for many years, it was with sorrow and grief that I learned of his death. As a fellow pharmacist, I found him to be exemplary, and he never met a stranger. He will be sorely missed by myself and by all his fellow Ingles’ employees.I extend my most sincere condolences and regrets to his wife and family, and to all those who knew and loved him.
    Sincerely, Jim Furness

  6. Donna, I was sorry to see about Dale’s death and have thought about
    you many times and wondered where you were – and about your family.
    Dale’s parents were spedial people. Love, Jane K. Burgin

  7. Donna, We are so very sorry to learn of Dale’s death & will be keeping you & your family in our prayers. What a great guy, loved by all. Our love & prayers, Chris & Shirley Drake

  8. donna, i am so sorry about dale
    it was certainly a good man i really appreciated him when i was at givens estates.
    bobbe heaton

  9. Dear Family,
    I worked with Dale at the Wal-Mart pharmacy several years ago. I am so sorry to hear about his death. He was a pleasure to work with. He had a great sense of humor, and he liked to share his love of photography.I know he will be missed by a lot of people.My the Lord be a real presence to you during this difficult time.
    Karen Disher

  10. We are so saddened by the loss of Dale. The world is a lesser place without him. He was more than a friend…he was like family to us and is a part of some of the most special memories of our life. I’m thankful we have his beautiful photos to treasure and remember him by. Our wedding photos have taken on new meaning, and now serve as a memorial to him in our home. Everyone who was fortunate enough to know him will remember his beautiful, loving smile and the joy he brougt to everyone he met. You are all in our prayers. We love you.

  11. I don’t remember where Dale worked when he was in Hendersonville, but I do remember him and how nice he was. My prayers, sympathy, and thoughts are with his loved ones during this time.

  12. My thoughts and prayers are with you Mrs. Massey, Jennifer, and Lori. I remember him quite well and how kind, sincere, and fatherly a man he was. He will be missed and remembered always.

  13. I have known Dale for along time-ever since his days working on Brevard Road Ingles.He was a kind man and I am so glad that I could call him a friend.My wife Jullie and I send our prayers to the Massey family-God Bless.
    David & Jullie Kindley

  14. Dear Donna and family: So sad to hear of Dale’s early departure to heaven. You two are some of the neatest people we have ever known. I’ll always appreciate being able to be a part of your beautiful wedding. Hope your girls and family find comfort in our Lord.

    Love Suzie & Fred

  15. I previously worked with Dale at Target. I am saddened to hear of his passing- your family will be in my thoughts.

  16. Donna, Lori, and Jennifer, I am so sad about your loss. I am thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers during this difficult time. With sympathy, Alice Hart


  18. Dear Massey Family,
    Deb and I are truly sorry for your loss. Dale was truly a good Husband,Father and Friend. We pray
    that God gives you comfort during this time.

  19. Dear Donna, Lori, and Jennifer – It was with the greatest of sorrow that I found out only this evening (Friday) about Dale’s passing. I am still in shock. Dale and I have known each other as Pharmacists for nearly 35 years and not enough good can be said about him. We are in prayer for each and every member of the family and pray that we can all remember the good times we enjoyed together and the fond memories we will always have. Dale is in our hearts and in our prayers. May our good Lord give you Peace.

    With our Love and Prayers,
    Peter and Mary Sagonias

  20. Condolences to the Massey Family, I knew Dale all my life. We started first grade together at the old Lake Junaluska Elementary School and had always been neighbors before that. My Underwood family lived below Juanita on the Golf Course Road. I have a lot of fond memories of playing with Dale and Carolyn as a child. Your family was always so kind to me expecially Dale’s Mother. I am so sorry to hear of Dales death. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Sounds like Dale grew up to be a fine man that touched a lot of lives.
    Gail Underwood Moody

  21. To the family of Dale Massey;

    I am sorry to hear about Dale. I worked with Dale at NCS HealthCare. Dale and I had the same positions, I worked in Benson. Dale and I worked closely on many occasions and I remember Dale to be honest, hardworking and focused on his family. He cared so much for his family and his employees at NCS HealthCare. Dale and I managed to enjoy a few rounds of golf, another one of Dale’s passions.

    Dale was a remarkable person and I know he is loved and missed.

  22. Dear Massey Family,
    Chris and I are truly sorry for your loss. We had the pleasure of getting to know Dale when he took our wedding photos. Dale spoke proudly of his wonderful family many times during our interactions with him. Dale was a great person who loved his family deeply and we feel blessed to have known him.

  23. Dear Donna and family, We were so sorry to hear about Dale. We all send our love and are remembering you in our thoughts and prayers. Dale was a wonderful man. He was so great to all of us.
    Love,Gene and Beverly Johnston and family

  24. Donna,
    We are so sorry for your loss, Our family thought alot of Dale.Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.
    John, Marsha, & Tyler Sams

  25. I just learned of Dale’s passing and am heartbroken. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. I worked with him at K-Mart in Skyland when it first opened and was there for 4 years in the health section of the pharmacy area. He also worked at B&B pharmacy where my mother got her prescriptions filled so I would see him there from time to time. He always had a smile on his face. He was always bragging on you and the children. His face always lit up when all of you would visit. The children were only in primary school back then. He was a true gentleman. I will always remember him and his kindness. My prayers are with you and your family.

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