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State Grange gives Masseys Lifetime Achievement award

By Staff Reports
Published in News on October 18, 2009 2:00 AM

Lloyd and Elizabeth Massey of Wayne County received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the North Carolina Grange at the organization's 81st Annual Convention in Fayetteville.

The awards are based on outstanding leadership and accomplishments.

Massey is a charter member of the Brogden Grange, which was organized in 1937. He is a retired farmer.

Mrs. Massey served as the master of the Balls Creek Grange in Catawba County, the only woman to ever hold the position in that county's chapter.

Massey has served as a delegate to the state Grange convention on many occasions since 1939 and was the first president of the Wayne County Dairy Cooperative, formed in 1947.

He has served as master of both the Brogden Grange and the Wayne Pomona Grange, as well as treasurer of the state Grange for more than 30 years.

In 1971, Massey was elected to the board of directors of the North Carolina Grange Mutual Insurance Co. He served as president of the American Dairy Association of North Carolina from 1968 until 1973 and was elected master of the state Grange in 1975, a position he held until 1982.

In 1976, he was elected Priest Archon of the National Grange Convention and in 1981 he was chosen chaplain of the national organization, serving for two years. In 2000, Massey was recognized by the North Carolina Grange with its Outstanding Service Award.

Mrs. Massey served as a delegate to the 1951 state Grange Convention in Hickory, where she served as Pomona of the 5th Degree Team and directed the team.

In 1954, she served as a court lady for the 6th Degree in Winston-Salem.

Mrs. Massey served as a director of the 6th Degree Team for 11 years and was active in the Extension Homemakers Club in Catawba County.

In 1968, she served as president of the North Carolina Extension Homemakers.

In 1969, she was named the North Carolina State Grange Woman of the Year and in 1995 she was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the State Grange.

She remains active in the Brogden Grange, where she served as secretary.