Massey—Harry Stephen Massey, 65, on April 2, 2021, at Friends Homes, a Quaker-affiliated continuing care retirement community in Greensboro, N.C. Harry was born to Lloyd M. Massey and Eunice Overman Massey on September 17, 1955, in Wayne County, N.C.
Harry, a lifelong Quaker, was a member of Rich Square Meeting in Woodland, N.C., and New Hope Meeting in Goldsboro, N.C., before moving to Washington, D.C., where he was a member of Friends Meeting of Washington. Harry worked for National Grange and several professional electronics associations while living in Arlington, Va. In 2015, he moved to Mount Olive, N.C., and, in 2018, to Friends Homes, where he joined Jamestown (N.C.) Meeting.
Harry’s coworkers treasured his patience, simplicity, playful sense of fun, and compassionate support of colleagues. He had a wry sense of humor and an inner joy and happiness that made it a pleasure to know him.
Members of Friends Meeting of Washington relied on Harry’s insights and willingness to be of assistance. He was described by Friends as kind, open, and undemanding, as well as grounded, centered, and thoughtful. His understanding of issues was practical and came from a loving heart. Harry did not push his views on others, but would simply state his ideas if asked.
Residents and staff at Friends Homes cherished Harry’s infectious laughter and admired his determination to remain independent as long as possible. Friends Homes residents who played Skip-Bo with Harry delighted in his competitive spirit and the sparkle in his eyes when he held a winning hand.
Friends at Jamestown Meeting knew Harry during his last years. They treasured his faithfulness to the meeting and his resolve to live life fully.
Harry is survived by two brothers, Macon Massey (Karen) and Frank Massey (Beth); two nieces; a nephew; and three grand-nephews.