Doris Marie Messer


Doris Marie Messer

Doris Marie Messer, beloved mother and cherished grandmother, 89, went home to glory on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. 

She was born on June 18, 1928, to the late Luther and Mattie Caylor.  She and her second husband, Earl, owned and operated Messer’s Diner in Benton for several years. She was of the Primitive Baptist Faith. She was an avid reader and enjoyed growing flowers. In light of all of these, she will be remembered most for loving and caring for her family and how she enjoyed sharing meals with others, which was her “love language.”
In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death in 1976 by her first husband of 31 years, Loy P Whaley, who is the father of her six children. Her second husband of 34 years, Earl Messer, passed away in 2011. She is also preceded in death by her infant daughter, Sandra Marie Whaley, who passed in 1950.
She is survived by five children: daughter, Shirley Striker; four sons: David Whaley (Ralf), Joseph Whaley, Steve Whaley, and daughter-in-love, Mary, and Brent Whaley; nine grandchildren: Brian Whaley (Angie), Gina Moser, Starla Press, Scott Whaley, Lisa Bates, Angie Greene, Julie Theriot (Nick), Jarrod Whaley and Emily Whaley. She was great-grandmother to 19: Heather Jackson (James), Brittany Moser, Becca Moser, Zach Caughron, AJ Caughron, Skye McDonnell, Jaden Rudy, Courtni Frey, Tanner Rudy, Ashley Baggett, Chloe Wallace, Marshall Theriot, Rose Bates, Stephanie Bates, Johnny Bates, Aaliyah Hickey, Trevon Hickey, Alexia Hickey, and Tevin Hickey.  She was great-great-grandmother to nine: Madison Jackson, James Jackson Jr., Emma Moser, Owynn Simonson, Willow Frey, Jerome McDonnell, Samuel McDonnell, Denver Bates and Gavin Bates.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Companion Funeral Home, 2419 Georgetown Road N.W. 

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at the funeral home.  Interment will follow the service at Moore’s Chapel Cemetery.

Share a personal memory or condolences with her family at her online memorial located at


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