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Kenneth Ray Messer

Kenneth Ray Messer, age 82, of Marion, North Carolina passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at Memorial Mission-McDowell. A native of Blunt County, Tennessee, Kenneth was born on September 6, 1939 to the late John and Mildred Mullins Messer.

He is preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Ray Messer, Jr.

Kenneth was a truck driver until he retired in 1983. He loved his family and enjoyed family dinners. Kenneth loved going to the beach, fishing and boating. He also was a deer hunter. He attended New Manna Baptist Church for over forty years, where he enjoyed the youth choir, but above all things he enjoyed having his wife, kids and grandkids in his life.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife of fifty-nine years, Thelma Radford Messer; six children, Teresa Price, Debbie Earley (Jack), Carolyn Ramsey (Tim), Linda Owensby (Randy), William Messer (Tina) and Gary Messer (Jennifer). Also surviving Kenneth are one sister, Brenda Braswell; thirteen grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. at New Manna Baptist Church with Reverends Tim Ramsey, Tony Shirley and Levi Ramsey officiating. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., one hour prior to the service at the church.

Those wishing to make a donation in Kenneth’s memory are asked to consider, The Messer Family, 36 Beck Street, Marion, North Carolina 28752.

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Thelma So sorry for your loss.When I think of my younger years I always think of y'all.You are in my prayers,I pray God will comfort you in the days ahead …

Linda Perrigan Sep 15 2021 8:36 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Messer

lena jones Sep 14 2021 10:42 PM

Thelma and family I am so sorry to hear your loved one passed away you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers, may GOD bless you and keep you in his care.

lena jones Sep 14 2021 10:42 PM

He was not a brother in law to me. He was my brother. I will miss him and I love you all.

Betty M Radford Sep 13 2021 8:56 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Messer

Annette Sigmon Sep 12 2021 5:32 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Messer

Michael Gossett Sep 12 2021 7:08 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Messer

Mark Knight Sep 11 2021 1:02 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Messer

Patricia Tavares Sep 11 2021 12:00 PM

Carolyn, Tim, Levi, Micha and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and pray God's grace will be sufficient. We love you all.

Kathey Abernathy Sep 11 2021 11:58 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Messer

Kathey Sep 11 2021 11:54 AM

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