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Abit Massey inducted in to Poultry Hall of Fame
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Abit Massey laughs as a bust statue of him is revealed during an Abit Massey Day celebration in October 2016 at Peach State Bank & Trust. On Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, Massey was inducted in to the Poultry Hall of Fame. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Abit Massey, president emeritus of the Georgia Poultry Federation, was inducted in to the Poultry Industry Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Massey retired as the Gainesville-based organization’s president in 2009 after serving in that role since 1960. He advocated for the poultry industry and worked to expand research in the field. The Georgia Poultry Lab sits on Abit Massey Way off of Ga. 365.

Massey has also bridged the college rivalry divide and was the first University of Georgia graduate to receive a Presidential Citation for Service from Georgia Tech. He graduated from UGA in 1949, and his family was named the UGA Alumni Association Family of the Year in 2014.

Some of his honors include the 1986 UGA Alumni Merit Award, the 2012 Harold E. Ford Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association and the inaugural Medallion of Honor for Service to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Before working in the poultry industry, Massey was head of the Georgia Department of Commerce, now Economic Development, and oversaw the creation of the tourist division and the building of the first welcome station.

“I was surprised and I am highly honored,” Massey said Tuesday. “I have loved working for the Georgia Poultry Federation and being in the great poultry industry.”

The American Poultry Historical Society’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony was Wednesday in Atlanta.