Paul David Messer, 91 years of age, passed away Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia, Florida.
Born August 17, 1923 in Coalwood, West Virginia, he was the son of the late David Oscar Messer and Malinda Woods Messer.
Paul was preceded in death by his first wife, Ellen Wills Messer on August 2, 1985, and by two sisters: Launa Porter and Lorraine Ball and one brother, Henry Messer.
Paul was a member of the First United Methodist Church, was a former Postmaster, and served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Stivers Messer of Port Orange, Fla., one son, William David Messer of Winchester, Ky., and one daughter, Paula M. Newberry of Prestonsburg, Ky. Surviving also are nine grandchildren: Julie Newberry Judd and her husband Larry, Martin David Newberry, Taci Ann Lilly and her husband, Toni, and Joshua David Messer and his wife, Tonya; nine great-grandchildren: Andrew, Adam, Alex, and Aaron Judd, Grace and Luke Lilly, Kenny and Ryland Messer, and Olivia Morton; three stepchildren: Linda Shepherd and Wayne and Chuck Bishop; four step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerri Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites conducted by the Big Sandy Chapter No. 18 D.A.V.
The family has suggested memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church, 256 S. Arnold Ave., Prestonsburg KY 41653.
Serving the family as pallbearers are, active: Martin Newberry, Josh Messer, Wayne Bishop, Chuck Bishop, Ed Porter, Tony Lilly, Larry Judd, Andrew Judd, Alex Judd, and Adam Judd. Honorary: Don Osborne, David Allen, Larry Bowling, Bob Burchett, Jim Carter II, William James May, Clinton Porter, Printess Ball, Edith Risner, Tom Hereford, Curtis Hatfield and Tom Lafferty.
The family has entrusted arrangements to the Carter Funeral Home.