Herbert D. MassieRetired plastererHerbert D. Massie, a...

February 09, 1994

Herbert D. Massie

Retired plasterer

Herbert D. Massie, a retired plasterer, died Feb. 2 of cancer at his Gwynns Falls Parkway home where he had lived for the past 35 years. He was 83.

He retired in 1976 from the Baltimore City school system where he had worked since 1960. Earlier, he worked on an assembly line at the Middle River plant of the Glenn L. Martin Co., which he had joined in 1945 after serving in the Army during World War II.

Known as "Jolly Back," he was born in Virginia and moved to Baltimore as a child after the death of his father. He attended city schools and was a 1927 graduate of Douglass High School. During the 1930s, he was as a cook and merchant seaman on ships out of the Port of Baltimore.

He was deeply religious and "committed his life to the Lord" during World War II, said a daughter Pamela Massie of Baltimore. "He read his Bible late at night, and if you passed his room, he'd be there on the edge of his bed studying his Bible.

"He used to say, 'Things may seem like they won't work out but God opens all doors,' " his daughter recalled.

"He was well-liked and much loved," she said.

He was a lifetime member of Macedonia Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, sang in the men's choir and was a member of the missionary department.

Services were planned for 10 a.m. today at Macedonia Baptist, 718 W. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 46 years, the former Phyllis Janey; two sons, Paul Massie and Herbert Massie Jr.; three other daughters, Marlene Norman, Muriel Hollins and Deborah Offer; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.

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