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Paul Robert Massie 96, passed away on Thursday July 13, 2023 at home surrounded by his family. He was born February 26, 1927 in Pittsburgh, PA, son of Arthur W. Massie and Mathilda (Kuhns) Massie.

Paul was a veteran of WWII, having served in the Army Air Force. Using the G.I. Bill he attended Thiel College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received a Master Ed. Degree from the University of Pittsburgh and during a sabbatical year earned a Master of Arts degree from Ohio University.  Paul was a teacher of Economics, Social studies, and Driver training at Greenville High School for 32 years. Family, friends and former students will remember him with love and respect.  As a young man Paul built his own house where he has lived for 67 years.

Before and during retirement years, Paul and his family traveled with tent trailers, van or motor home, with multiple trips to parks with pools or ocean beaches where Paul would swim for 1 mile.  He also drove hundreds of miles in a lifetime across many states ready with enthusiasm to go on sightseeing vacations, family reunions and snowbird escapes to Florida.

Married for 70 years, Mr. Massie is survived by his wife Margreta, son Paul and wife Marianne Massie, son James and wife Sharon Massie, grandchildren Nathan and wife Melanie Massie, Michele Cornwell and great granddaughter Katie Cornwell, sister-in-law Alma Kincaid and brother-in-law Alan Strom.  He is also survived by beloved nieces and nephews; Mark and wife Connie Massie, Nancy and husband Steve Cockley, Carol and husband Joe Givan, Susan and husband Dean Smith, Linda Finney, Richard Gregory, Brad and wife Lynell Kincaid, Rod and wife Darla Kincaid and Leigh and husband Mark Tanquist.

Proceeded in death by his parents, son Arthur, nephew David Massie M.D., sister-in-law Anne B. Massie, brother-in-law Ron Kincaid, and a brother who was his best friend, Walter A Massie M.D.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.

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33 Comments

  1. Brian Augustine Brian Augustine
    July 18, 2023    

    So sorry to hear this Mr.Massie was my favorite teacher my prayer go out to his family

  2. Tim Kaltenbaugh Tim Kaltenbaugh
    July 18, 2023    

    Prayers to the family. Mr. Massie was a good teacher,

  3. Anna Marie Consiglio Fry Anna Marie Consiglio Fry
    July 18, 2023    

    Our thoughts & prayers are with his wife & his family at this time of sorrow. May all those beautiful memories that you shared with him be etched into your hearts forever.

    Mr. Massie was truly a kind and awesome teacher at GHS. He definitely was a very dedicated teacher to his students and to Greenville Senior High also. Mr. Massie was one of my favorite teachers. May he Rest in Peace.

  4. Sally (Garrett) Johnston Sally (Garrett) Johnston
    July 18, 2023    

    Mr Massie was the 2nd best teacher I had. He taught students as if he was learning it himself. Always had patience with his students until they knew what he was teaching. GREAT MAN..

  5. William McInturf William McInturf
    July 18, 2023    

    Paul Massie was one of my best friends on the faculty at GHS. He was always available if I needed help or advise. At a time when my family life was in crisis he offered any resource that he had to help me through it. It was greatly appreciated. And he will always be remembered as a wonderful human being.

  6. Eric Bair Eric Bair
    July 18, 2023    

    My memories of Mr. Massie are all good. He added a special zing when teaching and yes, my Big Mouth earned me a fabled “5!” After graduation from GHS anytime he saw me, he made it a point to stop and say “hello.” His overall excitement is something I truly admired and I will never forget. My condolences to all his Family & Friends.

  7. Lisa mitchell Lisa mitchell
    July 18, 2023    

    My deepest condolences to the family ! Mr Massie was a wonderful teacher ! Many memories of his ” that will be 5 ! ” may he rest in peace !

  8. Tammy McElhinny Enders Tammy McElhinny Enders
    July 18, 2023    

    My deepest condolences to the Massie family.

  9. Karen Kollar Karen Kollar
    July 18, 2023    

    What a wonderful colleague!! His enthusiasm knew no bounds, and he was a friend to all. I know his students loved him. My sympathies to Greta, Paul, Jim, and the rest of the family.

  10. Charlotte Kaltenbaugh Charlotte Kaltenbaugh
    July 18, 2023    

    Prayers for the family

  11. Dyana (Truax) Thompson Dyana (Truax) Thompson
    July 19, 2023    

    Mr. Massie was definitely one of GHS’s greatest teachers. I will always remember him fondly from his “5”’s to the however… and there always is a however. My deepest sympathies to his family. Know that he touched many lives.

  12. Anonymous Anonymous
    July 19, 2023    

    He was my favorite teacher very caring man. His father Art introduced him this is my son Paul but you can call him Mr. Massie he will be your teacher. 1965 / 1969 what
    A great man.

  13. Pam Scaggs Pam Scaggs
    July 19, 2023    

    I am saddened to learn of Mr. Massie’s passing. I just shared with my husband how he would hand out “5’s” and scare the wits out of a sleeping classmate by dropping metal trashcans nearby. How blessed to have been on this earth for 96 years, married for 70 of them ❤️ and to serve, not only the youth of his community, but also his country. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and to all that knew and loved him.

  14. Bonnie (Long) Kerr Bonnie (Long) Kerr
    July 19, 2023    

    Rest easy Mr. Massie . You will be missed by a lot of people

  15. Sean Prónay Sean Prónay
    July 19, 2023    

    As much as Mr. Massie taught his students, and as much as we admired and respected him, only now while reading his obit am I learning that he served during WWII, built his own home, and loved swimming. None of this should surprise anyone who ever met Mr. Massie; he relished the human experience and carried a worldly but genuine optimism into every class he taught at Greenville. He didn’t talk much about himself, but listening to him gave you the impression he had seen and done important and meaningful things. What’s more, you quickly learned that you weren’t simply listening to Mr. Massie: he was listening to you too. He made you feel like this conversation he’s having with you right now is no less important to him than anything he has ever done. He made you want to take risks and meet people and experience the world and fulfill the promise of America. How amazingly fortunate were we to have him all these years, not just as an educator, but as a model for citizenship! Rest in peace, sir. You were one in a million.

  16. Karol Miller McGovern Karol Miller McGovern
    July 19, 2023    

    So sorry for your loss. Paul always had a wonderful smile whenever I got the chance to see you. I’m sure he is in wonderful place waiting for you but not to soon. You were a such a loving family to us. He will be missed. Sending you a hug from Texas.

  17. Bill and Nancy Everall Bill and Nancy Everall
    July 19, 2023    

    Our heartfelt sympathy Greta. You and your family have many fond memories. In the tapestry of life a husband and father’s threads are the golden ones.

  18. Rhonda Urban Smith Rhonda Urban Smith
    July 19, 2023    

    Mr.Massie was one of the best!! I always loved his class, and his passion for teaching- it was evident to all. I have often told my kids about his classes…the 5’s, the “eagles” that would start to fly when someone was giving a sub-standard current event, and his love for “Uncle Milty “(Milton Freeman). I was in his classroom when President Reagan was shot. He turned on the black and white TV and watched with all of us as events unfolded.
    He was a great teacher, a great man, and a great example to hundreds and hundreds of GHS students.
    My prayers are with the family as you grieve and celebrate the life of this man who was so well-loved.

  19. Bryan Langietti Bryan Langietti
    July 19, 2023    

    What a great teacher! He had a way to capture your attention and made learning fun. Tough but very fair and always remembered him smiling.
    Truly a great teacher snd person.
    Prayers to his family.

  20. Betsy and Bob Fischer Betsy and Bob Fischer
    July 19, 2023    

    Dear Greta and Family – Bob and I send our deepest sympathy for the loss of a wonderful man, teacher, husband , father and friend.
    The students loved him and his method of teaching. I will remember him by his warm smile and happy greeting (even on Monday).
    Knowing Paul was a gift that will not be forgotten. You and your family are in our tights and prayers.

  21. Mary Ann Roman Mary Ann Roman
    July 19, 2023    

    To Greta and children my deepest sympathy. Paul was obviously loved by his students and colleagues. What a gift he was to his students and you. I remember him as a friendly, kind person who was so likeable. ( I actually met him when I was a flower girl in their wedding!) Love and hugs to you cousin Greta.

  22. Janette Marshall Janette Marshall
    July 19, 2023    

    Mr. Massie was a wonderful man and I will never forget his infamous “5” in social studies class. I can still see him administering them with such vigor! When he was a very young man my Mom had him for Driver’s Ed. My sincere condolences go out to the Massie family and all who loved him. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  23. Rhonda Lumley Rhonda Lumley
    July 19, 2023    

    Mr. Massie was a fun-loving, kind teacher. He always had a smile on his face and made all his students feel welcomed and important. My sympathies to the Massie family.

  24. Art and Jan Reichenfeld Art and Jan Reichenfeld
    July 19, 2023    

    Our heartfelt sympathy to the Massie family and especially to Gretta with whom we share a long musical history.

  25. Darlene Taylor Darlene Taylor
    July 19, 2023    

    My deepest sympathy to Greta and her family. You were always 1 of my favorite people to work with. I remember Paul going to Ohio every weekend to be with his parents. You were wonderful about it–not many wives would be so understanding. 70 years together is quite an accomplishment. May your many memories help you during this time of sorrow.

  26. David Smith David Smith
    July 19, 2023    

    Sorry for the family, always. Great to see and visit blessings to all.

  27. catherine annette chapin catherine annette chapin
    July 20, 2023    

    My name is Annette Chapin. In the 80’s and 90’s, I was a substitute teacher at Greenville HS. I had a history/government certification and subbed numerous times for Mr. Massey. We somehow just clicked – I think part of it was that I was a graduate of Allegheny College as was his brother, Walter. He had attended many events there with his brother My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Massey and all the Massey family. He was one in a million – a rare combination of strong values, intelligence, dedication to teaching young people, creativity, a sense of fun and enormous energy. I am so glad he had a long life because there was so much to learn and enjoy from being with him – one of my very favorite human beings, ever!

  28. Pastor Eddie White Pastor Eddie White
    July 20, 2023    

    Mr. Massie was one of my favorite teachers at GHS. Having moved for NC to Greenville for my last two years of High School (GHS Class 0f 72), he was so friendly and we talked a lot about where I was from and history which was my best subject. He had a laugh that would fill the room at times and seem to put everyone at ease. I believe that his teaching was a great mentoring to many GHS students. Pleas know that I will be in prayer for all of you.

  29. Jim Straub Jim Straub
    July 20, 2023    

    Gods’ speed to all of Paul’s family! He is well remembered from days at GHS. May he rest in peace!

  30. Steve Daniels Steve Daniels
    July 22, 2023    

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr Massie . He was a wonderful teacher and our condolencesmentor to many. He had a knack for keeping your attention and if you didn’t, well that’s a different story.
    Mr Massie put his heart and soul into teaching and instruction and it showed. We moved away from Greenville after my 9th grade, but he was one of the teachers that students will always remember, To the family, our condolences and always remember the the “Dash”, as it is filled with memories that will never be forgotten. God Bless.

  31. Steve Daniels Steve Daniels
    July 22, 2023    

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr Massie . He was a wonderful teacher and a mentor to all. He had a knack for keeping your attention and if you didn’t, well that’s a different story.
    Mr Massie put his heart and soul into teaching and instruction and it showed. We moved away from Greenville after my 9th grade, but he was one of the teachers that students will always remember, To the family, our condolences and always remember the the “Dash”, as it is filled with memories that will never be forgotten. God Bless.

  32. Steve Daniels Steve Daniels
    July 22, 2023    

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr Massie . He was a wonderful teacher and a mentor to all, a true gentleman with a wealth of knowledge.
    Remember the “DASH”, as it is filled with many precious memories that will last forever.
    God Bless.

  33. Patty Savchuk Patty Savchuk
    August 1, 2023    

    Mr Massie was one special kind of man!!! He was high spirited and always had a smile for miles!!! One of the greatest teachers at GHSHe has touched soo many students lives in his fantastic career!!! Sending My Deepest of Sympathies to his Wife of 70 years!!! And to his entire family!!! Praying for Comfort!!! ♥️

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