Jimmie Franklin Messer

October 30, 1919 - July 27, 2011
Jimmie Franklin Messer


Jimmie F. Messer, 91 of Wilmington, NC was received into his heavenly home by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, July 27, 2011.

Jimmie was born on October 30, 1919 in Harnett County, Dunn, North Carolina to the late William Thomas Messer, Sr. and Claudie Woolard Messer. He was predeceased by one sister and three brothers. He was married to the late Peggy Jernigan Messer, the mother of his children; he was also married to the late , Mildred Boney Messer for forty years. Jimmie was a retired Motel and Restaurant owner in Leland,NC. He was a street car operator in Maryland during his earlier years as well as an employee of Erwin Mills, Erwin, NC. He was a member of Hodges Chapel Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church in Benson, NC. Jimmie was a proud veteran of WW II serving in the US Marine Corps.

Survivors include his wife, Lula Jane Sorrell Messer; three children; daughter, Vicki M. Blizzard of Matthews, NC; sons, Kenneth Messer and wife Cindy Messer of Leland, NC, and Dr. Stanley W. “Chip” Messer of Kathleen, GA; brother Willard John Messer and wife, Gladys M. Messer of Benson, NC; sisters, Annie Lee Foy of Jacksonville, FL, Mable M. Hadnott and Sue M. Wood of Wilmington, NC, Doris M. Willis of Greenville, NC, Peggie M. Kidwell and husband James Kidwell of Dearborn, MI; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 am Saturday, July 30. 2011 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel where the funeral service will be at 11 am with burial to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hodges Chapel Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, 780 Hodges Rd., Benson, NC 27504. (919) 894-1200.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • July 28, 2011
    Debbie Demonte says:
    Our deepest sympathies to your family in your time of loss. Mike & Debbie Demonte

  • July 29, 2011
    Wally Bassett says:
    Chip, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Mr. Messer will be missed by all who knew him... his friends will be better people for having known him. It is so sad to lose a "Loved One", there is never a good time to say good bye. You can take some comfort in knowing that Mr. Messer's memory will live forever in the hearts of all who knew him. He is in a better place today... With deepest sympathy, Wally, Andrea, Troy and Leigh July 29, 2011 Warner Robins, GA

  • July 29, 2011
    Wally Bassett says:
    Chip, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Mr. Messer will be missed by all who knew him... his friends will be better people for having known him. It is so sad to lose a "Loved One", there is never a good time to say good bye. You can take some comfort in knowing that Mr. Messer's memory will live forever in the hearts of all who knew him. He is in a better place today... With deepest sympathy, Wally, Andrea, Troy and Leigh July 29, 2011 Warner Robins, GA