Charles “Bubba” Massey led a full life, and part of it included a colorful and brilliant football career.

Massey died Sunday in a San Antonio hospital. He was 77.

In high school at William Adams in Alice, Massey was part of the 1955 Coyotes, which was the first Alice team to reach the state semifinals. That squad lost to Port Neches in Memorial Stadium on a last-second trick play. Port Neches went on to win the state championship a week later.

Massey went on to play college football at Texas A&M University in College Station. As a freshman, he played on the last Aggie team coached by the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant. When Bryant left A&M for Alabama, Massey moved closer to home and finished his college career at Texas A&I University in Kingsville.

While playing for the Javelinas in Kingsville, Massey married his high school sweetheart. He finished his college career at Texas A&I where his team won the first N.A.I.A. National Championship in 1959.

Massey was inducted into the Alice Coyote Hall of Honor in 2005 and later the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelina Hall of Fame.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church and an active member of the Methodist Men in Alice, Texas. Bubba was owner/operator of Alice Meat Packing Company. He enjoyed hunting and sports, especially football.

Massey is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Dean; one son, Allen (Rebecca) Massey of Georgetown; two grandchildren, Meredith Massey of College Station and Andrew (Jennifer) Massey of Fort Worth; one sister, Avis Fuller of Greenwood, Louisiana and one brother, Jimmy Massey of Everett, Washington; one sister-in-law, Jackie Shimer of New Braunfels; one brother-in-law (and best friend), Dick Shimer of Alice, Texas; nieces, nephews, and many friends.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Alice Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: First United Methodist Church, the American Heart Association, or to your favorite charity.

Arrangements are entrusted to Holmgreen Mortuary in Alice.