David Riley Messer
January 18, 1939 ~ June 4, 2013
Resided in: Asheville, NC
David Riley Messer, 74, of Asheville, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center. A native of Buncombe Co., he was a son of the late Hugh A. Messer, Sr. and Mildred Lunceford Messer. He was also preceded in death by a son, Christopher Messer, and brother Hugh A. Messer. Mr. Messer was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a graduate of Western Carolina University, and retired from BASF/American Enka. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Asheville, for over 35 years. Mr. Messer is survived by his wife, Shirley H. Messer; son Mark Messer and his wife Susan; daughter Whitney Burns and her husband Sam; and grandchildren Katie, Georgia, and Chris Messer, and Henry and Emilyn Burns. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at First Baptist Church of Asheville, with Dr. Guy Sayles, Rev. David Blackmon, and Rev. Eddie Morgan officating. Interment with Military Honors by the National Guard will follow at Shepherd Memorial Park in Hendersonville. His family will receive friends from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff of the ICU at Memorial Mission Hospital and to the staff of CarePartners Hospice for their care of Mr. Messer and the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Homeless Ministry, 5 Oak St., Asheville, NC 28801.