Delbert “Tip” Messer, 90, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2013, at Baptist Health Corbin.
He lived in the Faber Community of Whitley County and was a retired carman from L&N and CSX railroads. After his retirement, he enjoyed growing grapes and tending his apple orchard.
Tip was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia L. Messer in 2006; a daughter, Linda Houser; parents, John Wesley Messer and Delilah Catherine Messer; special father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elmer and Stella Faddis; sisters, Golda Candy, Eva Manning, Beulah Douglas, and Eula Compton; brothers, Jennings and Hubert Messer.
He is survived by his children; Pauline Worley and husband Bill of Shreveport, La.; Pat Butler and husband James of Hayden, Ala.; Ann Thorpe and husband Cleland, Brenda “Cotton” Duncan and husband Johnny, Barbara White, Delbert “Tip” Messer Jr, Wesley Messer and wife Mickey, all of Corbin; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; special friends, Nellie Powers and family; Homer Lee and Virginia Jackson, Ruben and Gertie Sawyers; his companion pet “Scotter” and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2013, at Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home with Rev. Charlie Humfleet officiating.
Burial will follow in the Corinth Cemetery where grandsons will serve as pall bearers
The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. today (Monday) at the funeral home where messages may be written at vankirkgrisellfuneralhome.com.