He was born on Dec. 21, 1973, a son of the late Terry Lee Messer and Jan O'Neal Riley. He was a lifelong resident of Cleveland and a graduate of Cleveland High School. He attended UTC for four years, studying biochemistry and biology. He was an employee of M&M Mars.
He loved fishing, music, movies, kayaking, bicycling, and spending time with his Rottweiler, Ada.
In addition to his father, Jason was preceded in death by his grandfather Hubert Messer. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his mother, Jan O'Neal Riley; grandparents, Henry and Elizabeth O'Neal; grandmother, Bobbie Messer; uncle, Kyle O'Neal (Sandy); cousins, Mitch and Meredith O'Neal; and several other extended family members and friends. Among these friends, he leaves behind a number of very special friends: Gary and Jodi Riggins, Zack and Loes Riggins, Joyce VanDeventer, Blake Morrow and Mark Slaton.
The family will hold a memorial service on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. at Echoes of Mercy Baptist Church located on Durkee Road in Cleveland. The Rev. Daniel White will be officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. You are invited to share a personal memory of Jason or your condolences with his family on his memorial Web page located at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral & Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Messer family with these arrangements.