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October 29, 2012

Massey was Somerset High School basketball legend


Somerset —

After two years of military service, Massey graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1957 and made his way back to Pulaski County as head coach of Eubank High.
“I didn’t even apply for the job,” Massey said. “They called me and I headed straight to Eubank.”
In his first season as the Bulldogs’ coach, he led them to a shocking victory over, of all teams, Massey’s old Briar Jumper squad.
Massey left Eubank after three years, settling into coaching jobs in Gainesville, Ga., and then Fort Lauderdale, Fla., until 1970 when he left the coaching profession.
In 1978, Massey reunited with his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Rogers, and then married. The couple lived in Orlando, Fla., where in 1989 Massey opened Lee’s Halftime, a sport bar and grill geared toward UK fans in Florida.
Funeral services will be held for Massey at Somerset Undertaking Company this Saturday at 11 a.m., with Pastor Gary Heist officiating. Visitation will be Saturday at 10 a.m.

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