Stella Phillips Massey

Stella Phillips Massey

November 16, 1930 – March 29, 2022

Stella Phillips Massey passed away at home Tuesday, March 29th, 2022, surrounded by her family. Stella was 91 years old at the time of her passing. She was known for her love of genealogy. She worked as a Key Punch Operator at the Individual Tax Office in the NC Department of Revenue. She was married to the late Douglas N. Massey for 35 years.

She was born on November 16, 1930, in Zebulon, North Carolina, to the late W. Floyd Phillips & Carrie Weathers. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Magalee Phillips Perry, and Mildred Phillips Vick. Stella is survived by her children, Brent Massey (Monica), Kent Massey (Lisa), Denise Perry (Wes), and Phillip Massey (Danielle). She loved spoiling her granddaughters, Meredith, Ashley, Abbey, Mariah, and the newest addition to the family, her great granddaughter, Lily Thayer.

A graveside service will be held at 2 PM, Friday, April 1st, at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 809 W Gannon Ave, Zebulon, NC 27597. Stella will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Douglas N. Massey. Arrangements are entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, NC.


  • Jo Anne Horton Posted March 29, 2022 4:25 pm

    I had many an entertaining conversation with this lady. She was one of a kind. Condolences to the family. She will be missed.

  • Jan Ellington Posted March 29, 2022 10:12 pm

    I met Stella through Steve.,who had found out that he and Stella were cousins. After that she became part of our family. I remember her joining our family one year for Christmas (before covid) and she said she loved it. My grandchildren, Bristol and Lane loved her. We all did. Steve and Bill loved spending time with her, eating with at Barham’s, and carrying her to other restaurants. They had the best times together, laughing and joking.
    We all miss her dearly. She will forever remain in our hearts always. She was a very sweet, kind, caring lady with a big personality.
    Thoughts and prayers for all the family, who she cherished. If there’s anything we can do during most difficult time please let Steve and me know. We hope the good memories of her will be a comfort.

  • Beth Pearce Posted March 30, 2022 11:47 am

    Rest in peace sweet cousin. ❤

  • Betsy B Stella was a Posted March 30, 2022 4:56 pm

    Stella was a smart, kind lady! We had some fun times back in the 70’s! She was a great mother and grandmother! She raised some fine children! Stella will be missed!

  • Julie Rodemaker Posted March 31, 2022 11:35 am

    Sending my Love and Prayers to You All

  • Sharon Lamm Posted March 31, 2022 12:54 pm

    Her and I had some great conversations and I will miss her greatly. So sorry for your loss.

  • Joy Weathers Posted March 31, 2022 5:15 pm

    Sending sympathy, prayers, & love for all your family during this sad time.

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