Donald Wayne (Yogi) Massey

Donald Wayne “Yogi” Massey, age 66, of Alabaster passed away September 3, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Massey; sons, Corey Dewayne Massey, Christopher Adam Massey (Megan), Mark Lee Massey, Brandon Michael Massey and Leeland Jay Massey; daughters, Opal Dyer, Mya Nichole Massey; granddaughters, Paige O’Neal Dyer, Jordyn Nicole Lecastro, Ashley Burgeron; brothers, Melvin Massey (Annette), Danny Joe Massey (Cathy), Roger Massey (Peggy), Terry Massey (Marsha); sister, Debbie Burnette (James). He was predeceased by his parents, Horace Eugene and Glittis (Higgins) Massey.  A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m, followed immediately by a memorial service at 7:30 p.m., both held in the Thompson High School Auditorium.  Brothers Melvin Massey, Victor Massey, and Ken Stroup officiating.  Charter Funeral Home entrusted.


  1. Sharon Allen on September 5, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    My heart goes out to the family during this difficult time. Don will be dearly missed. As the days and years pass by, I pray that your memories will help ease your pain as you reflect on good times shared. May God hear the prayers of your heart and comfort you. Romans 8:26; Psalm 94:19. My deepest condolences, loving thoughts and prayers.

  2. brenda fenley on September 5, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    I can remember coming in at ACOG and he would ask how is mom and dad, bro and sis fox. I can say now Yogi and Dad are shouting together. Thanks for such a caring example, Yogi, you will be missed, my prayers for all of you, for peace and comfort.

  3. Barry and Kay Parsons on September 6, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    So sad to hear of your family’s loss. Our love and prayers to you and your family. Barry and Kay

  4. Darlene Walker McManus on September 6, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    “Yogi” will definitely be missed. He was such a friend, loved to aggravate, but was there if you needed him. Prayers for the family. Hold the memories close to your heart and know that you will see him again one day. His steps of life touched so many.

  5. Tammy D Cable on September 6, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Uncle Yogi, I will miss you so much. You had such a gift of edification. You greeted everyone at the church door for years and put a smile on their face before they crossed the threshold. You touched so many lives and I am proud to be your niece!!
    Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

  6. Regina Frederick on September 6, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of yogi’s passing. Y’all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Amy (Aultman) Garland on September 6, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Prayers and thoughts with all the family. Yogi was a great man and I know he’s in Heaven rejoicing with friends and family right now. He was always so kind and was loved and respected by so many. RIP Yogi! You will be greatly missed.

  8. Edward and Panzie Braun on September 7, 2018 at 9:26 am

    So sorry to hear of the loss of an old friend. Yogi Massey was a special type of a person who knew no stranger. Yogi even had a sandwich named after him at a hot dog stand in Alabaster in the past. I never call him Donald or Don he was Yogi and a friend from THS . I called him a friend for life. To Danny Joe and all the Massey family thanks for sharing Yogi with us all.

  9. SHARON I MAYER on September 7, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. We were childhood friends from long ago. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  10. Ron Johnson on September 9, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    I knew Yogi for most of his life. There has never been a none family member that I loved more, We have spent many hours making great memories together. Most of which involved sports of some kind. He was the ultimate Thompson fan and things will not feel the same without him. May God comfort and bless his family and his many friends. We will all miss him

  11. Betty Taylor on September 12, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    My condolences to the Massey family,Yogi will truly be missed,he was my softball coach and was a very good one,he didn’t meet no strangers,Weeping may endure for night but joy come in the morning

  12. Chris massey on September 14, 2018 at 3:04 am

    He was my dad perfectly imperfect, loving, compassionate, fair as he could be to everyone he met, funny, smart, humble, and never above stopping to talk to anyone who would listen. I always said i feel like i got the very best parts of my dad and mom and i am even more sure today. Thanks to the hosts of friends and family who came and shared their stories about my dad may the legacy of of his life live in the memories of our hearts and may we honor his life by the love we show each other in our community. He was my dad super in his own ways i love him and now have a more motivated reason to see heavens bright city. Love your neighbors, friends, and family take time to share your world with others for its by this way we scribe a legacy in time. May the legacy of christ my dad gave me be scribed on my heart so as others see my lifes story the kingdom of christ is projected and displayed from a humble loving heart bringing glory to my souvern king. My dad never could teach me football but he taught me about jesus and humbly walking to the alter for forgiveness. My dad was my hero and he never knew it….rest easy in the the arms of jesus dad and know im living for the day we can talk again. I love you dad it wont be long. Thank you Lord for your blessings on me!

    • Cissy McNish on September 26, 2018 at 9:30 am

      Chris Massey….
      I am reflecting on days gone by and your sweet dad this morning and in doing so, I am just now seeing this post.
      It is a beautiful tribute written from a sons heart filled with so much love and reapect for his father.
      All of the attributes you sited are certainly true of your dad and he cirtainly left his mark on every life he touched. Thank you for sharing your sweet, tender heart.. . it also is an extention of your dad and he has indeed left a beautiful, and lasting legacy in you.
      I love you and will continue in my prayers for your family.

    • Cissy McNish on September 26, 2018 at 9:37 am

      Thinking of and continuing in prayers for your family.