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Clursa Elizabeth (Moody) Messer

November 2, 1926 ~ April 8, 2021 (age 94)


Waynesville, Clursa Elizabeth Moody Messer, age 94, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Care Partners Hospice.

A native of Haywood County she was a daughter of the late Jesse and Algie McElroy Moody.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Ernest Messer, who died in 2007; and granddaughter, Sherri Hill Carson; grandson, David Franklin; three sisters; and six brothers.  Clursa was a Pharmacy Technician for Smith Drug Store for 30 years.  She was a member of Sulphur Springs Freewill Baptist Church.  A devoted wife and mother, Clursa blessed family, friends and even strangers with her cooking. 

Clursa is survived by three daughters, Dianne Messer, of Hendersonville; Ernestine Mathis (Eddie) and Sheila Messer (Gary Griffith); son, Jay Messer (Donna), all of Waynesville; sister, Lois Cagle, of Waynesville;  brother, James Aster Moody (Artha), of Newport, Tennessee; eight grandchildren, Shirlene Stone, Tanya Mathis, Stephanie Mathis, Jeannie Hill, Nicole Franklin Ross, Melissa Messer, Melinda Jessup, and Sarah Messer; and many beloved great & great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021 in the Waynesville chapel of Wells Funeral Home with Reverend Phillip Wyatt officiating.  Burial will follow at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at the funeral home.

Flowers are appreciated but donations can be made to David Franklin Scholarship Fund, UNC Charlotte Foundation, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223.

The care of Mrs. Messer has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville. 

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April 11, 2021

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Wells Funeral Home - Waynesville
296 North Main Street
Waynesville, NC 28786

Funeral Service
April 12, 2021

2:00 PM
Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home
296 N. Main Street
Waynesville, NC 28786

Video is available for this event

Burial following the service
April 12, 2021

Garrett - Hillcrest Memorial Park


David Franklin Scholarship Fund, UNC Charlotte Foundation
9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte NC 28228


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