Dr. Thomas Neely Massey, Jr.

March 8, 2020

POSTPONEMENT - The memorial service honoring Dr. Massey scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2020 is postponed to a later date yet to be decided.  Please continue to check our website for any updates.

Dr. Thomas Neely Massey, Jr., 89, died on Sunday, March 8, 2020 in his home in Charlotte.  He was born on June 13, 1930, in Waxhaw, NC, son of Thomas Neely Massey and Laura McMurray Massey.  After high school, he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Presbyterian College, graduating magna cum laude in 1951. His medical education continued at Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University.  He received his MD degree in 1955 with honors including chief medical resident in internal medicine and membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society.  After interning at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania, Dr. Massey served as a captain in the US Army Medical Corps in both Japan and Korea.  Upon returning from the Far East, Tom began a residency in internal medicine at North Carolina Baptist Hospital, in Winston Salem, followed by a fellowship in cardiology at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. 

While a resident at Baptist Hospital, he met and married, Renna McNair, with whom he would share over 60 years of marriage.  In 1961, he began his medical practice at the Travis Medical Clinic, later known as First Charlotte Physicians, having a long association with Presbyterian Hospital.  He was extremely privileged to have practiced the art and science of medicine for 59 years, grateful to his patients, hospital staff, nurses and fellow physicians for their loyalty and friendship.  He was blessed to be involved in the lives of his patients.  Tom was the first director of the coronary unit at both Mercy and Presbyterian Hospitals with a special interest in non-invasive cardiology. Honors included fellowships in the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Cardiology Physicians.  He was president of North Carolina Society of Internal Medicine and the Charlotte Chapter of the American Heart Association.  Upon retirement from full time practice, he worked with Novant Health’s cardiac rehab program and in clinics for the homeless and disabled. 

Tom’s Christian faith was very important to him.  He loved his church and was an active elder at First Presbyterian Church for many years and served as a delegate to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church on two occasions.  He had the privilege of sharing his faith with others while teaching Sunday School, and on mission trips to Kenya, Mexico, Venezuela and Haiti. 

Tom also enjoyed many activities with his family including camping in the North Carolina mountains, national parks throughout the country and spending summers at Camp Seagull as their camp physician.  Outdoor photography, especially landscape and bird photography, and gardening were his pride and joy. 

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his son, Will Massey, his sister, Marion Yearwood and his brother, Carl Massey.  He is survived by his wife, Renna; two sons, Tom Massey III and his wife, Elise of Raleigh, NC and David Massey and his wife, Lauren of Nashville, TN; a daughter, Kathryn Sweitzer and her husband, Sam of Atlanta, GA.  Also surviving are grandchildren, Walter Wilder and Neely Massey; Anna Kathryn, Parker, Claire and Ashley Massey; Anna and Kate Sweitzer; Clayton Massey, and Luke Massey and Madison Brennan and their daughter, Rose; and sister-in-law, Marion Massey of Rock Hill, SC. 

Services have been postponed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 200 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. 

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.


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  • Sherri Smith

    To Mrs. Massey & Family ...I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Dr Massey . He truly was a one of a kind Doctor to so many . It was a pleasure & a blessing to know & work with him over the years . I was very lucky & blessed to have been his Nurse . He was an excellent doctor , who truly cared for his patients . I pray you all find peace & comfort & rejoice that he is surely walking with our Savior !!
    Love to All

  • Mark Childers

    Mrs.Massey, David & Lauren and the entire Massey family. On behalf of the Childers family we want to extend our deepest sympathies with your family. It was my privilege to know Dr. Massey through many joyful times in the mountains of NC. His hospitality and joy for his family was so evident. His love of photography was on display for many to see. David, prayers for you and the family this week and the coming days.

  • Laura Allen

    Dr. Massey volunteered for us at a free and charitable clinic. He was so kind to our patients, many of whom did not speak English. He is always in my memory as one of the white hat guys. A true gentleman who cared about every man; he will he missed. Bless you all.

  • Audrey and Doug Bittner

    Dear Renna, When I saw you today I did not know about Tom and only now just read his beautiful obituary in the Observer. How sorry I am, especially because i would have wanted to at least have given you an air hug to let you know! Tom lived such an incredible life with you at his side - I just wished that I had known him sooner! He was such a fighter and I know that the last five years or so have been very difficult. One day soon I so pray that there will be a cure for cancer (and bad backs), and most especially brain cancer. My heart goes out to you, as it has for these many months, and you have our deepest sympathy. I will put in your mailbox two special prayers by Peter Marshall which are often a great help to me. One is my prayer for you; the other, a prayer,I ease will touch your heart. Peter was a renowned Presbyterian minister in the 40's and 50's and the U.S. Senate's Chaplain. Much love and prayers for you and your wonderful family,
    Audrey and Doug

  • Lois James

    My deepest sympathy.