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Millicent Massey Passes Away

Millicent Compson Massey, of Greenville, SC died Monday afternoon, Feb. 6, 2006 at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Edgar George Compson and Ella Washington Compson. Millicent attended a private art school in Garden City. She was a life-long artist and photographer, associated for many years with the Ira L. Hill Studio on Fifth Avenue, New York City, N.Y. She also served as a social director at the Colonial Hotel, Nassau, Bahamas. Later, she and her brother owned The Carriage House in Greenville, S.C. She also had her own photography studio as well as a decorating business.

She married the late J.D. Massey, a graduate of Furman University and Harvard Business School. J.D Massey worked with his father in the Greenville Horse Show, which was later renamed the J.D. Massey Classic Horse Show.

A generous philanthropist, Millicent was involved with the Coral Ridge Ministry, Furman University, The Greenville Rescue Mission, and the Mayo Clinic. She supported many equestrian causes, including the Blockhouse Steeple Chase and the J.D. Massey Classic Horse Show. She was a member of the Poinsett Club and the Greenville Country Club.

Millicent was predeceased by her brother, Ray Michael Compson; and her sisters, Edna Wood and Myrtle Wolfe.

She is survived by her niece, Elizabeth Anne Wardrup of Richmond, Va.; a nephew, R. Michael Compson Jr. of Danville, Va.; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and by a loving friend and cousin, Norma Jean Camp.

The funeral service is at noon, Friday, Feb. 10, 2006, at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. Dr. Reid Lehman will preside over the service. The burial will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Published in The Greenville News: 02-09-2006

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