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Henry P. Messer
October 22, 1940 ~ November 21, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Henry P. Messer, a beloved family man, friend, and community member, passed away peacefully on November 21, 2023, in Opelika, Alabama. Born on October 22, 1940, in Macon, Georgia, Henry lived a life full of love, laughter, and kindness. His warm spirit and infectious humor touched the lives of many, leaving a lasting legacy that will be cherished by all who knew him.
Henry was a devoted husband to his wife of 52 years, Vivian Messer. Their enduring love story was an inspiration to all who knew them, providing a strong foundation for their beautiful family. As a father to Joel, Tracy, Tommy (Amy), Nikki Lake (Darell), and Mark (Cassie). His joy was magnified by the love he had for his many cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who brought him immense pride and happiness. Henry is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Kelley, and his brothers, Terry Messer (Linda) and Jerry Messer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Zelma Messer; children, Pete Messer and Patricia Wood; two sisters and four brothers.
Henry's love for his family was matched only by his love for his community. He was an active member of The Bridge Church, where he was affectionately known as the church joker. His great sense of humor brought smiles and laughter to all, making every gathering a joyous occasion. His friendly demeanor and kind heart made him a beloved figure within the church community.
In addition to his church activities, Henry was a passionate fan of Auburn University. His love for the game was infectious, and he enjoyed watching them with family and friends. When his children were young, he enjoyed coaching recreational football, passing on his love for the sport and his team spirit to the next generation.
In remembering Henry, we celebrate a life well-lived. A life filled with laughter, love, and a deep commitment to family and community. His legacy is one of joy, kindness, and an unwavering love for others. As we mourn his passing, we also celebrate the remarkable man that he was, and the profound impact he had on all our lives.
Funeral services for Henry will be held on Friday, November 24th, 2023 at 2:00 PM (EST) at The Bridge Church. Interment will follow in Fairfax Cemetery. Pastor Bill Bryan will officiate. Henry’s family will receive friends Friday afternoon from 1:00 PM (EST) until the service hour at The Bridge Church.
Please visit Henry’s Memorial Tribute page at www.johnsonbrownservicefh.com to leave a kind word for his family, to share a memory of Henry, or to light a Remembrance Candle in his memory.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directing.