Don Robert Messer, age 57, of Freeport, Fla., passed away Monday, May 20, 2013. He was born March 24, 1956, in DeFuniak Springs, Fla. Don had a heart full of the love of God and was loved by all who knew him. He was described by many as a "real" man; what you saw is what you got. He will be greatly missed.
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He is preceded in death by his mother, Edna McCormick Messer, and brother, Leon Edward Messer.
Don is survived by his precious father, Robert Messer; loving wife, Phyliss Messer; five children, Stone Messer and wife, Stephanie, Robby Messer and wife, Elizabeth, Teasa Albee and husband, Denny, Nikki Rutherford and husband, J.D., and Brandon Messer; two sisters, Letha Miles and husband, Rabbit, and Sue Whithey; two brothers, Lynn Messer and Bryan Whithey; eight grandchildren, Jessie Messer, Londyn and Vivienne Albee, Parker Rutherford, Julia and Kyrra Garica-Hernandez, and Gloria and Bianca Vanegas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A time of visitation will be held Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Heritage Church in Freeport from 6 until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 24, 2013, at Heritage Church beginning at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Ron Thames and the Rev. John Richbourg officiating. Committal services will follow at Hatcher Cemetery. Those serving as pallbearers will be Stone, Robby, Brandon, Jonathan, and Mickey Messer, and Denny Albee. Honorary pallbearers will be Travis Sapp and Michael Lynn Messer. Flowers are being accepted.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.daviswatkins.com. Arrangements and services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on May 23, 2013