Clifford Ray Massie was born July 4, 1935, at home in Laclede County to his parents Earl Massie and Della Edison Massie and passed away Friday, June 7, 2019, at home surrounded by his family in Bolivar at the age of 83 years, 11 months and 3 days.
He was a graduate of the Phillipsburg High School Class of 1952.
He served in the U.S. Navy from March 1954 to December 1957 during the Korean Conflict.
Clifford married Melba Massey Massie on Dec. 7, 1958.
He had been a farmer and a business owner in the Bolivar area since 1960. He enjoyed NASCAR and attended races in Talladega, Daytona, Richmond, Bristol and Texas.
He enjoyed many birthday celebrations with family and friends. He loved homemade ice cream. He also enjoyed farming, hunting, being with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and he was a very well-respected friend by everyone that knew him.
Clifford was preceded in death by his parents; sisters and their husbands, Ila and Paul Harris, Betty and Leon Wekenman; and two brothers-in-law Willard Morris and Darrell Massey.
Clifford is survived by his wife of 60 years, Melba of the home, daughter Angela Means and Roger Copeland of Bolivar, sons Jason Massie and wife Marsha of Stotts City, Matt Massie and wife Denise of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren Ricki Robertson and Raymond, Laken Massie, Jasper Massie, Megan Warren and Cole, Jarrett Massie and Hunter Massie; six great-grandchildren, Heath Robertson, Haden Robertson, Jaydyn Massie, Heston Robertson, Shelby Massie and Pryor Warren; sister Ina Morris of Montreal; sister-in-law Rodella Massey of Phillipsburg; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Pitts Chapel in Bolivar. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield.
Online condolences may be left at greenlawnfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel, Bolivar.