Herman Whitman Messer and Itasca Victorine Arnold Messer
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Herman Whitman MESSER
Father: Whitman Cross MESSER
Mother: Louannie Elizabeth BILBERRY
Married: Itasca Victorine ARNOLD
Born: Dec 12, 1919
Died: Apr 18, 1986
Father: Thomas S. ARNOLD
Mother: Lillian WILLIAMS



Herman Whitman Messer of Slaton, a former resident of the Kalgary Community, was buried in Spur Cemetery following 1 p.m. Monday memorial services in the Crosbyton First Baptist Church. Officiating were the Rev. Bobby Rine, local pastor, and the Rev. Robert Moore, pastor of First Baptist Church in Slaton.

Adams Funeral Home directed arrangements.

Mr. Messer was 63. He was claimed by death at 4:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Mercy Hospital in Slaton following a prolonged illness.

Born May 13, 1916 in Peacock, Tex., he and the former Itasca Arnold were married Sept. 18, 1938, by his great uncle, Rev. J. V. Bilberry, a pioneer Baptist minister who helped organize a number of churches in Dickens, Crosby, Kent, and Garza counties.

Herman Messer joined the Baptist Church as a boy. He was ordained as a deacon by the Espuela Baptist Church in the mid-1940s.

A farmer, Mr. Messer had resided in Slaton about 1 1/2 years.

He is survived by his wife, Itasca, of Slaton; one son, Tommy Messer of Lubbock; four daughters, Linda Peede of Burleson, Faye Jordy of Lewisville, Ann Wall of Crosbyton, and Sue Dodd of Big Lake; four sisters, Myrtle Brock of Redlands, Calif., Lillian Webb of Livermore, Calif., Cora Jones of Lincoln, Calif., and Dora Bedwell of Lubbock; and 10 grandchildren.

©Lubbock Avalanche Journal, February 16, 1980
from the records of Lillian Grace Nay

CROSBYTON (Special) — Services for Itasca V. Messer, 66, of Burleson will be at 4 p.m. today in Bethel Baptist Church in Spur with the Rev. Victor Crabtree and the Rev. Charles Gallop officiating.

Burial will be in Spur Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home.

She died at 4:10 p.m. Friday in John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after a brief illness.

She was born in Mayotown and married Herman Messer in 1938 in Spur. He died in 1980. She was a member of the Senior Citizens´ Club and the Town and Country Garden Club in Burleson in 1980. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Tommy of Lubbock; four daughters, Ann Wall of Lubbock; Faye Jordy of Lewisville and Linda Peede and Susie Dodd , both of Burleson; a half brother, Ray Arnold of Carthage; a half sister, Mrs. Robert Munson of Carthage; 10 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

©Lubbock Avalanche Journal, April 20, 1986
Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes

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