Death – Lucrecia Massie-Latham Obituary – Tuscaloosa News

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Lucrecia Massie-Latham, age 80, of Tuscaloosa, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones, Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at her residence. Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 26, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel with burial to follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park.

She was born September 7th, 1941 to Neta and Phillip Massie. At eight years old she welcomed a baby sister Phyllis, who she nicknamed Pippi. Pippi affectionately called her Tootsie. When her father returned from the Navy, they moved to the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport where he was the manager.

She had a flare for the dramatics from an early age that she channeled into theater while attending Tuscaloosa County High School. After graduating in 1959 she went to Arleigh Business Finishing School in Birmingham. Married in 1960, she moved to the Gordo area where she had her three beloved daughters. In the late 60’s, she moved back to Northport, where she remained as at stay-at-home-mom before entering the workforce when they were grown. She had a gift for sells with jobs at Rental Uniform Supply, Creative Leasing, Contemporary Imports, Pizitz, and at Raymond’s for many years before they closed.

She was a true artist who poured herself into every creative outlet that called to her. She was a writer, a painter, a poet, and a performer. She served as president of Tuscaloosa Community Players (later known as Theater Tuscaloosa) for a term, and had roles in A Street Car Named Desire, Nunsense, Anything Goes, and Cabaret.

She loved fast cars, adventures, and the reactions she got by saying the most unexpected and shocking things. She never turned down a chance to travel. She loved NYC and seeing as many Broadway shows as she could fit into one trip. She loved Alabama gymnastics, water skiing, and riding motorcycles. Most of all, she loved her prized gold 1972 Corvette Stingray convertible that she slalom raced.

She was a fierce, remarkable woman, who was never afraid to be unapologetically herself in a time when women were asked to be anything but. In a journal when asked to sum up her life, she described it as magical.

A remarkable life for a remarkable woman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Philip and Neta Massie;

She is survived by spouse, Joe Douglas Latham, Northport Al; daughters: Phylecia Krebs, Austin Texas, Dayna Hickman, Northport AL, and Sescily Fletcher, Lebanon TN; stepson, Bryan Latham, Northport AL; stepdaughter, Meredith Latham; sister, Phyllis Plugge, Tuscaloosa AL (Glen); grandchildren, Ryan and Eric Junkin, Kenzie Fletcher, Caleb and Cade Krebs, Kylee Benson, Hayden Smelley; 9 great grandchildren, and her beloved dog Dré and nephews, Rosh Plugge and Rhett Plugge.

Pallbearers: Cade Krebs, Caleb Krebs, Joe Krebs, Mark Krebs, Frankie Krebs, Erik Junkin, Jordan Abramo, Mark Jenkins,

Honorary: Southern Care Hospice, Druid City Vital, Pro Health, Mitt Lary Family Medicine, Manderson Cancer Center, Evangeline’s, David Simpson

Our sitters: Voncile Jenkins, Tasha Trull, Susan Moore, Meredith Hopson, Madison Krebs, Ingrid and Todd Strickland, and Cricket Tunnell.

Posted online on December 28, 2021

Published in Tuscaloosa News

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.